The national controversy in the United States about the sale of weapons after the massacre of 17 people last February 14 at the school in Parkland, Florida, is living a new chapter with the unexpected decision of two large commercial chains.
Why Walmart and other large companies in the United States are turning their backs on the National Rifle Association after the Shooting in Florida School. Dick’s Sporting Goods, with more than 600 stores dedicated to the sale of sports equipment, including weapons, announced that it will stop selling assault rifles, such as the one used by Parkland’s homicide. He also reported that he will no longer sell any firearm to children under 21 years of age.
Soon after, it was Walmart, another distribution giant in the country, that raised the minimum age to 21 to acquire a firearm in their establishments.
Walmart had stopped offering assault rifles after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, and now it will also stop selling so-called “high capacity loaders”, which allow more shots to be fired without having to stop to reload the weapon.
The step taken by these two companies was met the same day that the students of the Stoneman Douglas school, that the young Nikolas Cruz planted corpses with his AR-15 rifle, finally returned to their classes.
The protests organized later by the students of this secondary school in demand of a greater control of the sale of arms have caught the national attention and seem to be giving their first results.
In the statement in which he announced his new stance on weapons, Dick’s chain had a message for the young people of the Stoneman Douglas: “We have heard them, the nation has heard them.”
The students, together with activist groups organized in networks and streets, demand from the authorities measures of arms control.
They also ask companies to break their ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), the programs lobby that strongly opposes the ban on the sale of assault rifles and the elevation at 21 years of legal age. for the acquisition of weapons.
Contrary to what happened after other massacres in the country, such as Las Vegas in October 2017 or the school of Sandy Hook in 2012, the voice of those who advocate greater control to stop the loss of life seems to make your way
Message from Trump
Florida legislators debated in the state chamber the introduction of measures to control the sale of arms. Hours before, several companies had announced the end of the discounts offered to members of the NRA.
Republican leaders in Congress have opposed increasing the legal age to buy arms at the federal level to 21 years, but the president, Donald Trump, said he would “seriously think about this” and, in a meeting with congressmen, he demanded members of his party and the Democrats who reach an agreement on the subject.
In that same meeting, Trump surprised by telling Republicans Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin that they were afraid of the NRA.
“They have great power over you,” Trump told a Republican. “They have less power over me (…) Some of you are petrified.”
Donald Trump’s candidacy for the White House received support and funding from the NRA.
But while in the political arena a debate with deep implications is resolved, companies have already begun to act in response to calls for a boycott of the NRA.
Airlines United and Delta, which together transport some 300 million passengers a year, reported that they will stop applying the discounts offered to the members of the controversial association and asked him to stop showing his image on his NRA website.
They were not the only ones who now want to distance themselves from who their partner was.
Enterprise Holdings and Hertz, both dedicated to car rental; the First National Bank of Omaha; insurers Chubb and MetLife, Symantec, specialized in computer security; they also broke their agreements and commercial collaboration programs.
The NRA, which claims to have 5 million members, defended itself on Twitter.
“Instead of blaming organizations that defend the right of all recognized in the Second Amendment, perhaps people should look at the series of errors of the FBI and local security forces,” he claimed.
The FBI had been alerted to the danger posed by Nikolas Cruz and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office acknowledged that one of its agents present in the area avoided confronting the killer. The NRA executive director, Wayne Lapierre, accused the promoters of the boycott campaign of being “opportunists” who use the tragedy of the Parkland school to abolish the right to bear arms that the Constitution recognizes Americans.
“They hate the NRA, they hate the Second Amendment, they hate individual freedom,” he said.
The truth is that the current one seems to be having more impact than previous attempts against the arms lobby.
Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing, said on NBC that the reaction of the companies that have severed ties with the NRA due to the calculation that has made
what is best for their business.
“The most valuable consumer is a person of 18. His recent galvanization on the subject has made the NRA very undesirable.”
Bob Spitzer, a researcher on gun policy at the State University of New York, agreed that the movements of companies such as Dick’s or Walmart “are probably a reaction to the shooting of Florida,” but said it is still too early to gauge what their impact will be. real.
“Usually what happens is that the storm subsides and the NRA counts on it.”
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