Three Car Rental Companies Drop NRA Partnership

ThinkProgress reports:

A major car rental conglomerate which operates three prominent national brands is ending its corporate relationship with the National Rifle Association, as backlash grows in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.

Until Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates Enterprise, Alamo, and National, had a partnership with the NRA to provide discounts to members of the gun lobby.

The discounts were available to NRA members once they paid the $40 annual fee, and the companies were among the 22 corporations offering discounts and “five star savings” to the gun lobby’s members. On Thursday, however, all three brands announced that they would be ending the program on March 26.

Stand by for Breitbart’s boycott.

  • JCF

    It’s a start.

    • David Walker

      And isn’t that what we’ve been waiting for? For behold, a prophecy has come to pass: ISAIAH 11:6 “…and a little child shall lead them.” Agreed, they’re not little (that would have been Sandy Hook, but with the frequency THAT massacre is being cited, maybe they are).

    • ColdCountry

      All floods start with a raindrop, or a crack in the dike.

  • Phil2u

    As a frequent Enterprise client, I was unaware of that agreement; but I congratulate their decision.

  • Boreal
    • Todd20036

      Right? Has there EVER been any “bad guy” stopped with an AR15?

      • jmax

        Only when they ran out of ammo.

      • m a


  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Nice! Assuming you will choose them when you travel, don’t forget to tell every employee you encounter that this was part of your reason.

    They may have NRA member employees, but when they hear that business (and therefore there jobs) are more secure because of severing ties with the NRA, it may cause their support to weaken just a bit.

  • DaddyRay

    Why would car rental companies get in bed with the NRA in the first place – is there really a pent up market for gun nuts that want to rent get away cars?

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Yeah, I wondered the same thing seeing so many rental car companies on the list. What’s the connection? Do hunters fly to places to go kill animals?

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Two words; Gun shows.

    • ColdCountry

      Same reason they’re getting out of bed. The move is good for business. And yes, some companies do have principles, but the bottom line drives harder.

  • Boreal
    • LeeCMH

      Not quite the Norman Rockwell I remember.

    • Rambie

      They act like a teacher with a pistol is going to be able to stop a rampaging gunman with an AR-15. If they arm teachers, the gunman will wear body armor (which is easy to get too) rendering the pistol near useless to stop him.

      That’s what’s so stupid, there was an armed guard at Stoneman but he didn’t go confront the gunman.

    • CousinJasper

      Every time Wayne LaPierre sees this poster he needs to visit his doctor to remedy the fact that his erection has lasted for more than four hours.

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    The Chrome extension “Follow the Money” replaces the names of the twenty members of Congress that receive the most NRA-funding to include the amount of money they’ve taken from the gun organization whenever you see them mentioned.

    • Rambie

      Now for the media to do this

      • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

        It should be a default that a Chyron indicates the contributions from any organization that relates to the subject being discussed.

        [Senator Smith, you voted against reducing Rx drug prices. That will hurt your constituents. Can you explain your decision?]

        Chyron: Rep Smith [R] Eli Lilly $78,000, Phizer $150,000 (and it keeps scrolling, just like a stock market ticker.

        • Nowhereman

          I agree completely. I also like the idea that politicians have to wear patches on their clothes (or a sash, maybe?) that display the logos of their top 20 sponsors, er, donors.

          • David Walker

            That would appeal to the NASCAR crowd.

      • Nowhereman

        I agree. Whenever a politician talks about guns, there should be a mention of how much they take from the gun lobby to say that.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Thanks. Good links in that, this to an interactive spreadsheet of Gun$ to the 115th. McCain has been the top taker, closely followed by Burr.

  • Michael White

    How do we find out about other business who have special arrangements with the NRA?

  • GayOldLady

    The NRA is getting plenty of money from Russia and from Gun manufacturers.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      We haven’t heard as of yet, but I’m willing to bet that there’s quite a bit of reciprocity between them.

  • Todd20036

    It’s the kids.
    Keep in mind they didn’t stop the NRA discounts after NewTown.
    But this time the victims aren’t too young to have their parents speak for them.
    This time, the kids are doing it themselves.

    • Michael White

      I also feel things are very different than before. God bless the children. My husband and I are talking about participating in the Washington March. Looking at finances as it is a way away.

      • Todd20036

        I think I will too. I live near by.

        I also think Trump (ironically) had something to do with this.

        People are seeing that even the fucking POTUS doesn’t give a shit.

        Thoughts, prayers, condolences, but no changes in gun laws that allow an emotionally unstable 19 year old getting military ordinance (but too young to get a beer)

        • Michael White

          I believe tRump has a lot to do with it. People are really fed up with the Guns Only Party and the embarrassment in the white house

        • bzrd

          the dump signed away
          no guns for the mentally ill
          last year

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        A few more shootings or attempted shootings at high schools will ensure more young people will join the anti-gun movement.

        By their inaction, the GOP is committing slow suicide.

    • CanuckDon

      There are tight bonds with high school students. They’re out of the stage of always listening and relying on the adults in their lives. They become more suspicious of authority and more curious with life They become more independent as they gain trust in themselves and rely on their friends and peers.

      This shooting has stirred that nest and could be a significant pinnacle for change. The timing of it happened right in the middle of a school year when those bonds and focused activity are highest. It’s overwhelming to see their passion and sincerity soaring at this moment with unyielding concern and focus on community rather than self.

      • Nowhereman

        And they know how to get the word out. High school students all across the country are reacting and standing up.

    • Nowhereman

      I love it. They are truly speaking truth to power. And they also know that respect is earned, not given. These overpaid politicians work for US, and the young people are telling them to their faces that they are doing a lousy job.

    • ColdCountry

      I think, along with your and CanuckDon’s excellent reasoning, that perhaps a critical mass has been reached, sort of the way it was with the confederate flag controversy. I doubt this will move nearly as fast, given the government and all the money involved, but I do think this is a point from which we will not turn back.

  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    …why the hell should a member of the NRA get a discount when renting a car?!?!

    Next up: a free air freshener when you Seig Heil!

    • ColdCountry

      For the same reason AAA, AARP, and other big groups get discounts for members? Perks? Gets their membership up? Scary to think the NRA numbers are high enough to warrant that, but I guess they are.

      • JCF

        Or were.

  • Michael R

    Listen to Wayne LaPierre slander the FBI like the lying fascist asshole he is

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Any FBI agent who is a Trumpeteer and loves the NRA is a self-hating moron.

    • ColdCountry

      “…a Godless, America-hating, Satan’s buttplug of a fuckwit.”

    • Nowhereman

      He never changes his talking points. George H.W, Bush resigned from the NRA back in 1995 after Wayne LaPierre attacked the FBI after Waco. Here’s an article about it that contains his letter. I can’t listen to Wayne, but I’m sure he called them “jack-booted thugs”. It’s funny how the NRA spokespeople are trying to claim that the shooting victims are spouting left wing talking points when actually they are just speaking the truth. The NRA is nothing BUT talking points.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Money is the only language the NRA understands.

  • Leo
  • greenmanTN

    The best thing this new movement has done is make people start to question political donations by the NRA.

    • marshlc

      The pressure needs to be kept on. Who gets blood money and how much they get needs to be pounded and pounded into the public consciousness.

      • Reality.Bites

        What happened to Kevin Spacey’s career needs to happen to the NRA. To be made absolutely toxic.

        And the pressure needs to be not just on commercial organizations.

        To be a proud open NRA member needs to become the social equivalent of claiming membership in the KKK or NAMBLA.

        • marshlc

          And it CAN happen. Those of us who are older have seen enormous social change that happened just because people got sick of taking somebody’s shit. Remember when pregnant unmarried girls had to sneak out of town in the middle of the night to go “spend some time with an aunt”? When smokers lit up in movie theaters and airplanes, and non smokers just had to take it? When gay men were more likely to fly to the moon than be allowed to adopt a child? There was a time when it was thought that these things would never change, when nobody even really tried to make them change because it was all so ingrained in the culture

    • boatboy_srq

      Not to mention political (or politically-motivated) donations TO the NRA.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      I think the best thing is yet to come. 😀

    • Nowhereman

      And now there’s more and more interest in how much Russian money was laundered by the NRA through those donations. Trump is right about one thing–Russia really is laughing their ass off. I really hope that Facebook is brought down by this, too.

  • LeeCMH

    Cheers to National, etc. for doing the right thing.

  • GeneInSJ

    I recently used Alamo and feel good about that.

    • Reality.Bites

      Couple of weeks ago my BF and I were in Fort Lauderdale and had reserved, as usual, the smallest and cheapest one, with Alamo.

      On the way to pick it up, the guy who gives out the cars (not the counter agent) said “How’d you like a Mustang convertible, no extra charge?”

      We said yes. 😀

    • customartist

      I have experienced homophobia at Hertz

  • CousinJasper

    Just sent to Budget Car Rental:
    “Hello: When travelling, I use Budget for all of my car rental needs because there is no additional charge to have my same-sex spouse listed as an additional driver on the rental agreement Given your corporate partnership with the National Rifle Association (NRA), as well as the fact that I now have the option of renting from Alamo, National, or Enterprise (since they have dropped their partnership with the NRA), I will no longer use Budget for my future car rental needs if you maintain your partnership with the NRA.”

  • billbear1961
  • boatboy_srq

    How soon until Rent-a-Wreck joins in?

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Isn’t “Rent-A-Wreck” (congress) bought and paid for by the NRA?

  • Jmdintpa

    How do we find out what places we can contact to rally against the NRA?

  • Christopher

    This is actually surprising given that Enterprise is a St. Louis company and the folks here LOVE their guns.

    Good on them for doing the right thing.

  • TexasBoy

    Let’s not forget this could be tied to the companies sizable business presence in Florida. They are the “Official” car rental company of Walt Disney World and have a location on site near the Magic Kingdom. Could you imagine if all those visitors decided to Uber or Lyft instead? A lot of folks staying in DVC units rent a car for a day or two to go grocery shopping, and they are already facing stiff competition from delivery services like Amazon Prime Now. They’ve already lost business when you consider Disney is now offering free bus transportation to/from the airport. I used to always rent a car, now I use Magical Express and I tried Prime Now on my last trip, it worked out well, although part of me still likes going to Publix better.

  • Nowhereman

    I’m glad to see businesses doing this. The NRA has been allowed to become the biggest bully on the playground, and they are way past due for a major smack down. Wayne LaPierre is looking more and more like the Man behind the Curtain.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While I am by no means a cheerleader for corporations, I don’t think most people are, it is a telling sign that a paradigm is shifting when they start dropping groups like the NRA. I have no illusions that they’re doing it for the bottom line, just as they did when LGBTQ rights became mainstream, but it speaks volumes nonetheless.

    • customartist

      They will do like Chick-fil-A did / Stopping the OVERT and PUBLIC support, but secretly and silently continuing to cooperate with the NRA in every other possible manner.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Unusually similar responses.
    Unusually similar responses.
    Unusually similar responses.

    • Franciscan

      Apparently the companies are now really under the same ownership. The appearance of different brands just confuses the public by thinking there is some competition in the marketplace.

  • Nowhereman

    “Stand by for Breitbart’s boycott.” Do these rental agencies stock Clown Cars?

  • JWC

    And so t begins, the NRA chip chip chippin away

    • customartist

      There will still be a plenty whores willing to be paid

  • customartist

    WHY were these companies helping the NRA before?
    Yesterday [figuratively] supporting multiple school shootings was A.O.K. but TODAY they are not?

    Oh sweet Jezus, PLEASE!

  • andrew


  • James

    Still nothing from Amazon.

  • Franciscan

    Rental car companies were in PARTNERSHIP with the NRA? What, was the NRA getting a percentage of the car-rental revenues? Were drivers getting a loaded rifle with every rental? (I don’t recall that I ever received this offer.)

  • From the Heartland

    Fuck off