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FedEx trucks parked in New York. Companies with ties to the National Rifle Association have been dealing with increasing public pressure since the Parkland, Florida massacre that killed 17 people earlier this month.

NEW YORK (AP) — Another company, FedEx, has become embroiled in an intensifying discussion about guns in the United States after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

While more than a dozen major U.S. companies have ended business partnerships with the National Rifle Association, FedEx says it’s sticking with the group and has not asked to be removed from the NRA website where members are offered corporate discounts.

The Memphis, Tennessee, delivery company said it differs with the NRA and believes weapons like the AR-15 assault-style rifle that was used to kill 17 people in Florida shouldn’t be owned by civilians.

But it says that it’s a common carrier, and will not deny service based on political views or policy positions.

The decision drew instant reaction across social media from both sides of the issue and potential backlash from some customers.

One company vowed to take its 100,000 annual shipments elsewhere if FedEx does not end its partnership with the NRA.

“The NRA is supporting stuff that we don’t get behind,” said Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

“UPS is out there,” she said.

But dropping partnerships with the red-hot NRA is also not a safe bet.

Georgia’s Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the state Senate and a leading candidate to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, threatened on Monday to derail a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel for Delta after it ended its NRA partnership.

Delta Air Lines Inc. is based in Atlanta.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., based in Chicago, also cut ties to the NRA, but has not seen a similar political backlash.

Other companies that have severed relationships with the NRA include Metlife, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Best Western, and Wyndham.



(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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4 thoughts on “FedEx Bucks Corporate Trend, Sticks With NRA

  1. Passing Through!! on said:

    Although the head of the NRA President Wayne LaPierre is a devil and a hypocrite, this issue isn’t solely an NRA issue. There’s enough blame to go around starting with the politicians who allow themselves to be used lobbyist to push their agenda. When you have politicians consulting with the NRA before they make decisions on gun control who’s in f**king charge. The FBI failed in this situation too. And as far as the other hypocrites who are pulling their ads and jumping ship now that the white kids are being killed and crying for change, where was your boycott when black kids in the inner city were being killed or when the cops were killing us? AR-15’s and assault style weapons have been on the streets of LA since the 80”s used in drive by shooting and gang violence. Now that assault weapons are being used it the height of white on white violence like Florida, Leas Vegas, Texas church shooting you want to boycott the NRA like you’re standing up for the community….GTFOH!
    And speaking of mental health I heard trump speak of the mentally ill committing crimes while he rolled back legislation put in place by President Obama to prevent these people from having guns, F**king idiot has the nerves to speak on gun control.

  2. Good for FedEx for not caving to these idiots. If they start turning away business then they start releasing employees- many of whom are black. Besides, the NRA hasnt shot anybody. Boycott the police, and mental health providers who failed to take action!!!

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