by Abby Gray ’18
Just days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, numerous companies cut ties with the NRA, decided that funding from the NRA was not worth compromising their political beliefs.
The First National Bank of Omaha, Delta Airlines and MetLife insurance were just some of the many companies who dropped any type of monetary aid from the political action committee. In the wake of an increasing awareness of gun violence in the United States, many corporations have decided to cut all ties with the NRA.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian released a statement regarding the company’s seperation from working with the NRA. “We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature,” Bastian said in the statement.
As companies such as Delta make this decission, many wonder how much this movement is detrimental to the NRA. Political scientist Bob Spitzer said that these boycotts will not have a very measurable affect on the NRA.
“If this is as far as it goes, it probably won’t have any measurable effect. If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect,” Spitzer said to CBS News. “Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that.”