BLACKMAIL- We take it that you are familiar with the disgusting and cynical reaction by the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA) to the mass shooting last month at a Florida school that left 17 students and staff dead.
Following the carnage, more than a dozen companies ended their NRA discounts and distanced themselves from the powerful pro-gun lobbying organisation, including Delta and United Airlines, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz car rentals, MetLife and Chubb insurance and Norton computer security.
Surprisingly, Memphis-based delivery giant FedEx stood firm in their relationships with the gun group in the wake of the mass shooting. The express company is listed on the NRA website as providing up to 26% discount for the NRA Business Alliance members and NRA clubs through its FedEx Advantage programme. Rival UPS doesn't have an NRA discount programme in place.
Not surprisingly, the NRA described the decision to end the discounts as "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice." The gun lobby later added that “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.”
Actually, the blatant viciousness in the reactions by the NRA and its supporters to the stampede of companies ditching their NRA discounts, wasn't better evidenced than in the case of Delta's decision to cut its ties with the gun lobby.
This is what Georgia Lt Gov. Casey Cagle, who is running for governor as a Republican this year, stated in a tweet: “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporation cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
In plain English that's called blackmail.
Despite killings, FedEx sticks with U.S. gun lobby NRA