NRA Says It Will Not Be Intimidated By Corporations Severing Partnerships

Kerry Picket | Reporter

The National Rifle Association released a statement Saturday saying corporations severing ties with the gun group will not deter its mission or its members.

Several companies that offered discounts and deals to NRA members announced this weekend those agreements would no longer be valid.

The more than five million law-abiding members of the NRA have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the group to expand member benefits.

“Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationship with the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community. We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment,” the NRA said in a statement Saturday evening.

The statement continued, “The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.”

The NRA slammed the corporations who have backed off as cowards who hid in a political storm and says others will simply replace them in time.

“Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.  In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.”

The statement concluded: “Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.”

Gun control activists, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, have also urged online streaming services such as Amazon and Apple to remove NRATV from their channel line-up. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch responded to the campaign to eliminate the programming by charging hypocrisy among those criticizing the NRA and its media arm. (RELATED: Joe Scarborough Calls For Censoring NRATV)

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