Consumer Watchdog Urges NRA's Corporate Partners To End Sponsorships As Group Blocks Gun Violence Prevention Measures
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, February 15, 2013, 07:01 AM EST
In the months after the tragic massacre of over 20 people in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the National Rifle Association has taken a leading role in the fight against President Obama's gun control proposals, which include a ban on military-style assault weapons and a limit on the size of ammunition magazines.
Over 60,000 Urge Ramada Hotels, Best Western, Avis, Enterprise and Cigna and Other NRA Corporate Partners To Stand Up for Common Sense Gun Control
** http://action.sumofus.org/a/nra-sponsorship/?sub=pr **
The NRA has escalated the debate from a discussion over sensible measures to reduce gun violence to as NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre into an issue of conspiracy theorist survival. In an op-ed published today in the Daily Caller, LaPierre explains guns are important; “Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face--not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival. It's responsible behavior, and it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that."The NRA has even gone so far as to release an “enemies list”, attack President Obama’s kids, and declare that the solution to gun violence is, bizarrely, more guns.
Meanwhile, major corporations have cut sweetheart deals with the NRA, charging NRA members less than they charge non-gun owners in exchange for the organization's seal of approval. In a new petition on SumOfUs.org, a global consumer watchdog organization, over 60,000 people are urging Ramada Hotels, Best Western, Avis, Enterprise and Cigna to end their partnership with the National Rifle Association and stand up for sensible measures to end gun violence.
SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://action.sumofus.org/a/nra-sponsorship/?sub=pr
“The NRA uses benefits like the ones offered by Ramada to advertise and recruit new members -- many of whom are hunters or otherwise are responsible gun owners who don’t endorse the NRA’s dangerous agenda in Washington,” said Kaytee Riek, campaign manager for SumOfUs.org. “The NRA takes its members’ money and uses it on lobbying efforts to make sure that anyone, including people with a history of domestic violence or mental illness, can walk into a store and buy a gun -- including military-grade assault rifles or .50 caliber rifles that can take down airplanes -- without a background check. The NRA’s corporate partners can get away with these deals because most consumers aren’t aware of them.”