Gun Control, LGBT Activists Protest FedEx for Giving NRA Members Discount

By Melanie Arter | December 20, 2016 | 12:26pm EST
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A coalition of gun control and LGBT activist groups are calling on FedEx to stop giving discounts to members of the National Rifle Association, Bloomberg News reported Monday.

According to its website, FedEx gives NRA Business Alliance participants “up to 26% off select FedEx Express U.S. shipping, up to 18% off select FedEx Express international shipping, up to 24% off select FedEx Ground shipping,” and “up to 20% off select FedEx Office services.”

The NRA Business Alliance “was established in 1992 to provide NRA member businesses with a marketplace to sell goods and services to fellow NRA members. The NRA’s Business Alliance web site, service directory, member magazines and promotions, and NRA member businesses reach nearly four million NRA members,” according to the NRA Business Alliance website.

“NRA Business Alliance members also enjoy many benefits including NRA member magazines, NRA Endorsed Insurance and discounts on a wide range of business services all for $40 per year,” its website stated.

Guns Down America, a gun control group, is calling on supporters to “tell FedEx: stop supporting the NRA.” The group launched an online campaign and plans to hold protests at FedEx retail stores Wednesday in Denver, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia.; Memphis, Tennessee.; and Orlando, Florida. Guns Down America is joined by Color of Change, a group that advocated for minorities, Newtown Action Alliance and Pride Fund to End Gun Violence.

“FedEx is a member of the National Rifle Association’s Business Alliance, granting discounts up to 26% for NRA members, and funding an extreme pro-gun agenda that puts all Americans at risk,” Guns Down America stated on its website.

“Tell FedEx to stop supporting the NRA. Ask them, politely but firmly, to pull out of the NRA’s Business Alliance and cease supporting a reckless organization that puts the public safety of Americans at risk in the name of corporate profits,” the group added.

“The National Rifle Association is the most powerful corporate lobbying group in America. They accept millions of dollars from gun manufacturers every year to advance an extremist pro-gun agenda, including eliminating gun-free zones at schools and houses of worship, gutting criminal background checks for gun sales, and allowing open carrying of guns in all public places,” it stated.

“While the NRA’s Washington lobbyists scheme to weaken gun laws and increase gun sales with scare tactics, they ignore the will of their own members, who overwhelmingly support stricter gun laws,” the group stated, adding that FedEx “was #58 on the Fortune 500 list of companies in 2015, with revenues exceeding $50 billion,” which means “they have enormous economic power in America, and they can send a clear message to the NRA: American businesses do not support your extremist agenda, and we won’t accept your blood money.”

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