Companies cut ties with the NRA


USA companies are distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association as the gun lobby comes under increasing pressure following the mass shooting in Florida last week. Names of companies with NRA associations had begun circulating widely Thursday under the hashtag #BoycottNRA.

Hertz joined in on Friday, tweeting that "We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA's rental auto discount program with Hertz".

First National Bank of Omaha was among the first to ditch the NRA when it announced Thursday that it would end a Visa credit card it had offered with NRA branding, citing a deluge of customer complaints. Wyndham Hotels - which owns Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8, among others - tweeted that it had changed its relationship with the NRA.

First National Bank of Omaha, which backs the card, said it would not renew its contract.

"Effective March 26, our brands will no longer provide the NRA member discount", the company told CNBC. Other companies being pressured but yet to announce any action include Amazon, FedEx and Visa.

Lockton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The speed with which the companies have abandoned the NRA is also a testament to how abruptly the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has disrupted USA gun culture.

Insurance company MetLife Inc also said it had ended an auto and home incentive program for NRA members. The company has not said more about its decision.

Earlier this week, Think Progress published a list of companies that do business with or have sponsorships with the NRA. But Avis Budget Group told CNNMoney it was was ending its partnership with the organization. A bank spokesman declined to comment. If they wanted to, credit-card companies, banks, and card processors could make it hard for gun sellers to unload the high-powered rifles that are the weapon of choice for mass shootings - or any guns at all. "As usual, the opportunist wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain".

Chubb Ltd.: "Three months ago, Chubb provided notice of our intent to discontinue participation in the NRA Carry Guard insurance program under the terms of our contract", the insurer said in a statement.

"To be affiliated with them, whether you are a company or a lawmaker, it is not going to pay off in the long run", she said. Unsurprisingly, many NRA members were unhappy about losing their benefits while renting with Enterprise.

TV celebrity Kylie Jenner recently showed what damage a social media post could do to an organization-after her tweet disparaging Snapchat, Snap's shares dropped almost 8 percent.

Activists have also called on public pension funds to divest from gun maker stocks.

Last week's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has renewed the national debate about gun control.

On Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch participated in a town hall at the BB&T Center in Sunrise that was organized and televised by CNN.

On Friday night, ThinkProgress was able to obtain a discount in excess of 10 percent using Delta's NRA code on a sample flight from Miami to Dallas, where this year's convention will be held.