CNN’s Andrew Kacynski brought up an interesting point this morning: what will happen to corporations who have/had ties to the NRA? And will boycotting those businesses until they get rid of discounts for NRA members make a difference in the long run?
Basically, these companies who give NRA members discounts are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Someone will be upset, regardless of what they do. Either they’re going to piss off the lefties who want gun control if they keep the discounts in place or they piss off gun owners by discontinuing the discounts they previously had, which shows they’re against the Second Amendment.
No. No they don’t.
This might help to explain why we're seeing the emergence of "We hate the NRA, not its members" rhetoric this morning. https://t.co/JdDD2IsMQZ
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 24, 2018
Feels like their views are already pretty hardened!
— doesn't matter (@lukeoneil47) February 24, 2018
Oh yeah. We’re all so scary.
These companies look like they’re backpedaling because they can’t make up their damn mind about where they stand on guns. If they didn’t want to be put in this predicament then they would have never been involved with NRA discounts to begin with.
I think it's a pretty fundamental misreading of the situation to think we'll reason our way to success. Gun control advocates need to win elections, take back control of government, and pass laws we like. Success like this creates energy and momentum.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 24, 2018
At least there’s a leftie who realizes gun owners aren’t going to back down from this fight.
There are political and PR reasons why the NRA sought these corporate partnerships. It gives them legitimacy with people whose views haven’t hardened. Our goal is to marginalize the NRA as an extremist lobbying group that no longer represents the views of most gun owners.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) February 24, 2018
If you're a responsible gun owner, you don't need the NRA to be your voice. The NRA isn't the same organization that it once was to many of those people, for good reason. What kind of stance is this to take? "Consider the NRA members!"?
— STFU, Parents (@STFUParents) February 24, 2018
Are you saying that those who are members of the NRA are now irresponsible gun owners?
Then maybe the NRA needs new leadership as they have blamed everyone around them. And I would think most law abiding NRA members would want stronger laws for those who should not have a gun. And these companies could have ignored social media requests. Not a good take by you.
— Rage Donkey™️ (@tonyposnanski) February 24, 2018
The leadership is determined by those who are voting members. If new leadership is needed, members decide that, not the general public.
I don't necessarily agree. Doubtful many of those who will be angered from within will have been of mind to choose otherwise. NRA already doubling down before companies dropped them. No reasonable views in dispute. This is US vs THEM battle. Sides need to be chosen.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 24, 2018
These partnerships give legitimacy to organizations like these, who have become more extreme in their views not just on guns, but race and immigration as well. They’re the ones who have hardened the views of their members. It won’t be corporations cutting ties that will do it.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 24, 2018
You may consider views on immigration to be “extreme,” but most of us just want the law to be followed.
Gee. What a concept, huh?
It’s my understanding that most NRA members oppose their own leadership on many of the common sense regulations being proposed.
— Charles #GetCovered-ba (@charles_gaba) February 24, 2018
You aren’t going to get 5 million people to agree with EVERY. SINGLE. decision.
So what? The NRA already has its hardened core supporters. How much more hardened can they become? The normalization/mass marketing of the NRA's extremity is what's given it outsized power. Hopefully sane soccer moms and dads start to question the agenda
— Josh Belzman – starman for hire #commspro (@JoshEdits) February 24, 2018
Hey, Josh. Have you ever talked to an NRA member or do you automatically make assumptions? Might do you some good to actually talk to someone.