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#BoycottNRA – Companies Are Fleeing the NRA MetLife, Symantec, Hertz, National Bank of Omaha and Enterprise To Name Just A Few

NRA sponsors are dropping like tin ducks at a carnival shooting gallery.

First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, and rental car company Enterprise, which also owns Alamo and National, have ended partnerships with the National Rifle Association. On Thursday, First National Bank tweeted that “customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA” and, as a result, that it would not renew its contract for an NRA-branded Visa credit card.

Two national hotel chains are also clarifying that they’re not involved with the NRA. Wyndham Hotels — which owns Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8, among others — and Best Western also clarified to customers that it didn’t have a relationship with the NRA, after some on Twitter called it out for working with the NRA. Both hotels chains at one time offered discounts to NRA members.

NPR reports  that brands — ranging from insurance companies to rental cars — all announced their decisions on Twitter, many in direct response to tweets demanding change coalesced under the trending hashtag #BoycottNRA. On Friday, Symantec, the cybersecurity company, announced via Twitter it has halted its NRA discount program. About an hour later, the insurance company MetLife followed suit, tweeting, “We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA.”

Corporations are built for survival. When they feel the winds going in one direction, the corporation will go in that direction. And right now, there’s a major backlash against the NRA … brands are listening.

FedEx which discounts from 18 percent to 26 percent on domestic and international shipping. A page on the NRA website describing FedEx offers has been removed, but the shipping company has not made a statement about any change in its relationship with the gun-rights group. 

GunsDown, an anti-gun group, has been petitioning FedEx to end its affiliation with the NRA for over a year. 

How to urge to break ties with the

1. Email execs FWSmith@fedex.com djbronczek@fedex.com abgraf@fedex.com

2. Tweet at FedEx president

3. Tweet at FedEx Comms head

4. Call 901-369-3600

Ted Cruz Confronted at Restaurant: “19 Children Died And That’s On Your Hands” - VIDEO

NY Senate Passes Gun Control Bill To Ban Assault Weapons

Gun Control

Sanity has prevailed, at least in New York State as the New York Senate has passed a landmark gun control bill that will ban assault weapons

The NYT reports:

The state Senate, approved the legislative package just after 11 p.m. by a lopsided vote of 43 to 18. The Assembly, where Democrats who have been strongly supportive of gun control have an overwhelming majority, planned to vote on the measure Tuesday…

The expanded ban on assault weapons would broaden the definition of such weapons, banning semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature, as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature. New Yorkers who already own such guns could keep them but would be required to register them with the state.

The legislative package, which Mr. Cuomo said he believed would be “the most comprehensive package in the nation,” would ban any gun magazine that can hold over 7 rounds of ammunition — the current limit is 10 rounds. It would also require background checks of ammunition buyers and automated alerts to law enforcement of high-volume purchases.

The legislation would increase penalties for multiple crimes committed with guns, would require background checks for most private gun sales, and create a statewide gun-registration database.

President Obama is expected to announce 19 separate executive actions he could take via Executive Order without the approval of Congress to limit access to guns and curtail gun violence

These would likely include imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing of mental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort.

Mr. Obama can also ratchet up enforcement of existing laws, including tougher prosecution of people who lie on their background checks.

Cue the crazy tea baggers and  gun nuts: “The Gubberment! Dey tuk ur gunnnz!”

Novelist Anne Rice Chooses Sanity Over Christianity

The best selling novelist Anne Rice of “The  Vampire Chronicles” fame and mother to openly gay mystery writer has had enough of the hate and is quitting Christianity. After10 years of trying, she can’t reconcile being a Christian and being anti-gay Anne has quit.  Her love for her gay son  means more to her than her religion.

Dare I say “amen” to Anne’s conversion back to sanity.