The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Bedford said any attempted boycotts against the National Rifle Association (NRA) would likely fail and thinks the group’s strong membership will remain loyal to the end.
Companies like Metlife and Enterprise Holdings announced they are cutting ties with the NRA, but Bedford believes they will come back into the fold once the media’s gun control rhetoric dies down.
“This is familiar and is kind of a tribute to how good liberal activists are at putting pressure on corporations. Anyone who’s publicly traded who has to answer to their stockholders, has to react to this kind of campaign. And you’ve seen it before,” Bedford said Monday on “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”
“We saw it with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) after the shooting of Trayvon Martin and all the corporate sponsors — they started to run. As soon as the heat came up they booked it.”
“But now if you look at some of the corporate sponsors and partners of ALEC, a lot of them they slink tight back and they start to work again with ALEC and they’ll probably do the same thing with the NRA,” Bedford concluded. “There are five million extremely devoted members. And unlike a lot of constituencies on the right, gun owners — for them, a lot of them, it’s a lifestyle. And if you start to mess with them — if you’re a company that says you’re not welcome here, I suspect we’ll see a backlash from them.”
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