(Update): Our efforts are paying off. (NYTimes) and some of the biggest supporters are gun owners themselves.
- “We should change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ because they are so easy to buy,” Stoneman Douglas junior Sarah Chadwick tweeted. (The Hill)
#BoycottFlorida – Put Florida between a rock and a hard place…
A brief and non-exhaustive history of state boycotts…
#BoycottFlorida started in 2013 because of another senseless killing – the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman after the jury was instructed to include “Stand your Ground” laws in their deliberations. Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Madonna and others joined together to call for a removal of the law that has increased Florida’s homicide rate by firearm by 22%. Since Martin’s death, at least 26 children have died in “SYG” cases.
Why did that boycott fail? One reason… many didn’t think that state boycotts could be effective. In 2010, although Arizona lost at least $141 million after groups canceled their conventions there to protest their draconian immigration laws, nothing changed until the Supreme Court stepped in.
However, the sadder and more important reason the Florida boycott ultimately failed was because not enough of us joined in… As Janaya Kahn wrote, “I’ve been processing seemingly contradictory emotions since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. I am at once in awe of and humbled by this youth resistance movement and its solidarity efforts, and yet almost indescribably devastated. This feeling of devastation goes beyond the tragic and preventable loss of life; it is connected to the loss of humanity that happens when we as a society choose to support some of our children while ignoring or even maligning others.”
We can do better. We proved it in North Carolina.
After losing an estimated $3.76 billion dollars from their economy, North Carolina rescinded their odious House Bill 2, the “bathroom bill”, which required transgender people to use facilities corresponding to the sex noted on their birth certificates. This game can be won.
So here’s the “rock” in this story…
Marion Hammer is the 78-year old NRA lobbyist that controls Florida’s gun laws. She is the creator of the “Stand Your Ground” movement, which gives concealed-weapons holder wide discretion to shoot people they perceive as threats. “Hammer is not an elected offcial, but she can create policy, see it through to passage, and use government resources to achieve her aims. These days, Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature almost never allows any bill that appears to hinder gun owners to come up for a vote. According to Mac Stipanovich, a longtime Florida Republican strategist and lobbyist, Hammer is “in a class by herself. When you approach a certain level, where the legislator is basically a fig leaf, well, that’s not the rule.”
…and here’s the “hard place”.
Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor to tourists: Boycott Florida unless gun legislation is passed (Miamiherald)Embed from Getty Images
Action: Tourism is Florida’s No. 1 industry…
Follow the North Carolina example.
- Don’t visit Florida.
- Don’t take a cruise that starts from there.
- Ask your local government, school officials or companies to cancel plans for any conferences there.
- Ask entertainers and sports teams to stay away.
- Oh, and don’t buy their guns. Second only to Texas, Florida now has more licensed gun manufacturers than any other state. (Texas has over 1,100 licensed manufacturers).
Action: Continue the boycott until substantial action is taken.
That’s not this…
Instead of addressing a weapons ban, or any other gun legislation, the Florida state house decided to concentrate on porn as a public health risk and to direct schools to post the state motto – “IN GOD WE TRUST” in a conspicous place as the legislative version of “thoughts and prayers”. The students were not amused. Although some of Rick Scott’s mimimal suggestions are on the right track, such as adding waiting periods and restricting purchases to those 21 and over, the boycott needs to continue until actions are actually adopted. Marion Hammer is not amused either.
Action: Send Dallas Mayor Pro Tem a postcard of support.
Dallas wants to cancel the NRA convention at their city.
Room 5DN. City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-4048,(214) 670-5117
Boycott Companies – join in!
Action: Here’s a list of actions to take…
- Sign this petition to Jeff Bezos to remove NRA TV from Amazon’s Streaming Service and Website by clicking here.
- Click directly on Amazon’s support page with a pre-prepared message with this great link!
- Until FedEx joins in the boycott, change your shipping partners. Use @UPS or @USPS or DHL.
- Sign this petition from Moms Demand Action to all streaming services, including Google, Amazon, Apple, AT&T and Roku, to cease offering NRATV by clicking here.
- Open up this google doc, which is a constantly updated list of companies that are active and former supporters of the NRA, with all the contact information you need to contact them.
- (update) Sign this petition from ultraviolet to credit card companies to “Refuse to process all sales from retailers who sell assault weapons here.
- (update) Sign on to MoveOn’s petition to FedEx here.
- (update 2.27.18) Boycott retailers who sell guns. A) Walmart 1-800-925-6278, B) Cabella’s,(800) 237-4444 C)
Dick’s Sporting Goods, D) Bass Pro Shops, (800) 227-7776 and E) Vista Outdoor, which now owns Camelbak, Giro, Bell Helmets, Bollé, Camp Chef, and Blackburn, and others. If you were a customer, tell them how to win you back.
Action: If these are companies you use, thank them!
For companies, just like for legislators, sometimes taking a stand involves a sacrifice. Tell these companies that you notice and appreciate their action.
3 months ago
Chubb, which underwrites the NRA’s Carry Guard firearms insurance announced on Friday that it will stop providing those policies. Of all the defections, this is the perhaps the most profound loss for the NRA. Click here for more.
Thursday, February 22
- The First National Bank of Omaha said it will stop issuing an NRA-branded Visa card. A bank spokesperson said “customer feedback” prompted a review of its partnership with the NRA, and it chose not to renew its current contract.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent a Car and National Car Rental, which are all owned by Enterprise Holdings, announced the brands would stop offering NRA membership discounts on March 26.
Friday, February 23
- Symantec ( ), which makes the Norton anti-virus software and owns the identity theft protection company LifeLock, announced it “has stopped its discount program” with the NRA.
- Hertz ( ) made its announcement in a tweet. “We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the company said.
- MetLife ( ) said it will stop offering NRA member discounts for home and auto insurance policies.
- SimpliSafe, which makes home security systems, “discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA,” CEO Chad Laurans said in a statement.
- Avis and Budget Rent a Car, which are owned by Avis Budget Group ( ), said through a spokesperson that the brands will stop offering discounts on car rentals to NRA members beginning March 26.
- Allied and North American, two moving-van lines that are both owned by Sirva, said that the brands “no longer have an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately.”
- TrueCar ( ), a car buying service, said late Friday that it would end its deal with the NRA as of February 28.
Saturday, February 24
- Delta Air Lines ( ) announced Saturday morning that it’s ending discounted rates for NRA members. “We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website,” the company said in a tweet.
- United Airlines ( ) followed a short time later, saying the company will no longer offer discounts on flights to the NRA annual meeting.
- Paramount RX works with a third-party vendor to provide a prescription drug discount program to NRA members, but the company said in a tweet Saturday that it is “working with that vendor to discontinue the program and remove the offering.”
- Starkey, a company that makes hearing aids, announced Saturday evening that it has decided “not to renew our discount program with the NRA” and asked the organization to “remove our information from their website.”
Other companies ditching the NRA include:
The Wyndham Hotel Group
Norton, which offers computer security software
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager put U.S. gunmakers on notice on Thursday that it is no longer business as usual in the wake of a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school. (reuters). We don’t know what this means yet.
(Update) Dick Sporting Goods just pissed off a group of “freedom loving Americans” who call themselves Second Amendment Check. They’ve called out a bunch of other retailers that they also hate, including Costco, Hooters, Ikea, Jack in the Box, Peet’s Coffee, Target and Waffle House, to name a few. Look at their list and be sure to thank some of these companies at your next postcard party.
- Gifford’s State Gun Law Scorecard
- Gifford’s Gun Laws by State
- Everytown for Gun Safety Gun Law Navigator
- (update) What boycotting the NRA can accomplish (slate)
- Anger Is the Shared Fuel of Mass Shooters and Everyday Murderers. Here’s What Might Stop Both. The post-Orlando debate is overlooking policies and programs that can prevent rage from boiling over into gun violence. (the trace)
- Why it hurts wheen the world loves everyone but us. (theroot)
- The Gun industry is weaker than it looks…It’s vulneable when it comes to the one thing it cares about most – money (nation)
- Has the NRA Finally Met Its Match?After Parkland, a generation is rising up, giving hope for a bold new gun-control movement. (nation)
- The Unchecked Influence of NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer. Florida Republicans have allowed the relentless pro-gun operator to become a de facto member of government.(thetrace) (nytimes) (Miamiherald) (huffpost)
- The NY Times contains a two-page ad by Bloomberg’s, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action that lists, by state, all the members of Congress who take NRA money, how much, and their phone numbers. (adweek)
- The Washington Post produced this four minute video with an hour by hour comparison of Obama’s reaction to Sandy Hook and Trump’s reaction to Parkland.
- “Walkouts, Marches and the Desire to ‘Do Something’: What You Need to Know About Stoneman Douglas Activism” – (tolerance.org)
- “The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s website has suggested ways the public can help their school and staff to heal.” List here.
- High School Students Demanding Gun Reform Join Rich History of Teen Resistance (yes)
- We’re combat veterans. We support the students demanding gun reform. (wapo)
- The Death of Michael Brown and the Implicit Bias of Stand Your Ground Laws (beaconbroad)
- Sympathy for the shooter. How America has become a “Stand your ground” nation. (slate)
- There are 50,000 more gun shops than McDonald’s in the US. (business insider)