Success! FedEx Just Cut Ties With the NRA

In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and staff were murdered, many companies — including Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Enterprise car rental – ended their discount programs for members of the National Rifle Association.

Not so with FedEx. The company released a statement saying that it did not believe in “discriminating” between the organizations it does business with. 

That’s when Ellen B. decided to create a Care2 petition demanding that FedEx cut ties with the NRA. The petition garnered a whopping 145,467 signatures from Care2 members angry that FedEx was enabling an organization responsible for numerous gun deaths. 

The petition pointed out that, despite repeated incidents of innocent children being gunned down at school, our government shamefully continues to take no action. That’s because so many Republican politicians receive large donations from the NRA.

The least that FedEx could do was to stop offering a 26 percent discount for NRA Business Alliance members.

Success!

On October 30, FedEx finally announced that the company would no longer offer discounts to members of the NRA.

Is it a coincidence that FedEx announced this decision just a few days after a gunman wielding an assault weapon murdered 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue?

FedEx claims that their decision to end the NRA discount program isn’t linked to Pittsburgh or any other mass shooting. Instead, the company maintains that the deal with the NRA just wasn’t profitable. They are also notifying several other customers that the FedEx discount is not longer available.

I moved from the UK many years ago, but I still find the American love of guns hard to understand. The U.S. has 300 million guns, roughly one for every citizen, so it’s no surprise that 93 people die from gun violence every day here.

For the NRA, this is big business, and the group’s strategies for promotion include winning over politicians with large donations of cash. 

Republicans love receiving these campaign donations, so they’re content to parrot NRA lines after every school shooting. First they declare that “this is not the time to discuss gun control.” Next they pull out a gun control proposal and show how it would not have prevented this tragedy from happening.

A loyal follower of the NRA and recipient of many lucrative funds, Trump has suggested that one way to deal with school shootings is to arm teachers. Of course, that means the NRA will make more money selling weapons. As a teacher, I object vehemently. My job is to teach my students.

Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, agrees:

We want to teach. We don’t want to be, and would never have the expertise to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15.

The callous and inhumane way that the NRA and its Republican lackeys regard school shootings is abominable, but the success of this Care2 petition gives hope that activists, can make a difference.

Congratulations to Ellen B and to all the dedicated Care2 members who signed her petition. 

Take Action!

It is time to say enough is enough. Sign this Care2 petition to demand that U.S. Congress acts now to pass legislation banning assault rifles.

And remember, if you have an issue of concern, you too can be a part of the Care2 community and start your own petition. Just check out these guidelines and pretty soon you’ll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.

 

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104 comments

Ruth R
Ruth R2 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Carol J
Carol J5 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Elaine W
Elaine W6 days ago

Excellent news ;)

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Leo C
Leo C6 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O6 days ago

glad the company saw the sense of bad publicity

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O6 days ago

bizarre that people are allowed even buy specialist army equipment and keep it in tier home

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O6 days ago

Just ban any rapid fire weapon.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O6 days ago

well done

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Hannah K
Hannah K7 days ago

Good news

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