The liberal campaign against the NRA has successfully pressured some companies to sever their partnerships with the gun rights group but it’s having another, unintended effect: galvanizing conservatives who feel the NRA has been unfairly attacked.
via Daily Caller
Liberal activist groups turned the NRA into a scapegoat for the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead and immediately launched a pressure campaign meant to weaken the NRA
Liberals have threatened boycott campaigns against companies like FedEx, for having discount partnerships with NRA members. On that front, the activists have had some success, as several companies including United Airlines and Delta Airlines caved to the pressure and severed their ties with the NRA. Left-wing website ThinkProgress, a project of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, has since taken credit for launching that boycott campaign.
Two left-wing gun control groups, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety, are pressuring Amazon, Apple and Google to ban the NRA’s channel from their streaming platforms. So far, their censorship campaign has been unsuccessful.
As liberals and prominent media figures have stepped up their attacks on the NRA, many on the Right are rushing to the NRA’s defense. Social media was flooded over the weekend with conservatives announcing they had joined the NRA as an act of defiance.
I just took a personal stand for my freedom by joining NRA! You should too! https://t.co/XKipY5RYrU
— Jeremy Frankel (@FrankelJeremy) February 25, 2018
Had never joined the NRA up to this point..
You are signing people up in DROVES!!
— JG (@joeygilbertinc) February 25, 2018
— 🇺🇸ShortMom🇺🇸 (@amandas1297) February 26, 2018
Companies that boycott the NRA also face the prospect of retaliatory boycotts — a technique some on the Right have used in the past to beat back corporate boycotts of conservatives.
The NRA hit back at the companies boycotting them in a statement released over the weekend.
The group noted 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.”
Radio host Mark Levin on Saturday called for a counter-boycott of any companies that boycott the NRA. Levin’s tweet went viral and had been shared more than 10,000 times by Sunday evening.
Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel on Sunday night specifically called out United and Delta for a boycott. “Why support corporations who hate you?” he asked.
Hey @united, I’m an extremely loyal 1k customer. You’ve now severed ties w/ the NRA at the urging of an online mob, yet you maintain ties with Planned Parenthood, the most prolific ender of children’s lives in America, by far. Are you actively trying to chase away my business? https://t.co/eArS3fiF2c
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 24, 2018
Counter-boycotts have proven effective for conservatives in the past.
Supporters of Fox News host Sean Hannity have repeatedly helped the conservative personality stave off corporate boycotts. (RELATED: Multiple Democratic Groups Part Of Coordinated Political Hit On Sean Hannity)
Insurance company USAA saw a similar, intense backlash when the company caved to liberal pressure last May and pulled its ads from Hannity’s show. After pressure from conservatives, the company announced it would be pulling ads from liberal shows like MSNBC’s “Maddow,” before later reversing course and ditching the boycott approach altogether.