NRA Statement On Corporate Partnerships

The anti-gun left has stepped up their attacks on not just the National Rifle Association, but anyone that seems to have anything to do with them. They’ve already pressured several of the NRA’s corporate partners to back out of their agreements with the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.

It stands to reason the NRA would offer up a response.

FAIRFAX, VA – The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the NRA to expand member benefits. 

Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationshipwith the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community.  We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment.

The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.

Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.  In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.

Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.

It’s about as measured a response as you could ask from the organization, especially since it has been vilified as the ultimate boogeyman, the entity most responsible for these mass shootings.

It’s also optimistic for the future, and with good reason. It’s unlikely they’re wrong, and that other companies won’t step up to fill that void. They will, and the NRA will continue to thrive.

Despite the constant anti-NRA barrage by the left, I suspect we’ll see the organization’s numbers grow over the next year. Why? Because a lot of people are sick of the scapegoating. The NRA isn’t responsible for what happened in Parkland, Florida.

Further, while there is plenty of blame to go around for the failures leading up to the shooting, none of those fall on the NRA.