The National Rifle Association has responded to the boycott of several U.S. corporations calling it a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
“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 group said in a statement
Several U.S. corporations including Hertz, Avis, Symantec and United Airlines announced last week that they would be ending business relationships, including partnerships and member discount programs with the organization, in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, FL, that killed seventeen people, most students.
Chubb Ltd, also announced on Friday that it will stop underwriting the insurance for NRA members known as Carry Guard, which covers policy holders with civil as well as criminal defense protection. Chubb says that they ended the relationship with the NRA three months ago but the made the announcement public on Friday.
The group vowed to keep protecting the Second Amendment through its activities and warned that these corporations may begin to see their business suffer as a result of their decision.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”