Mass shootings happen in an instant and grab headlines. A business and investment shift away from the firearms industry is happening more subtly. FedEx, the U.S. shipping group, is ending a program that offers discounts for business members of the National Rifle Association, the company confirmed to Breakingviews.
It’s a quiet reversal: eight months ago, FedEx stood by the gun-rights lobby group as other companies scrapped deals. They were reacting to the NRA’s stance after 17 students and staff members were murdered at a Florida high school by a former student.
Companies including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and car-rental firm Enterprise swiftly ended member discounts. At the time, FedEx said that while assault rifles of the kind used in most American mass shootings shouldn’t be in civilian hands, it did not believe in “discriminating” between organizations it works with.
VICTORY: After 500,000 Americans signed a petition urging FedEx to stop providing discounts to @NRA members, @FedEX announces that it is ending its relationship with the gun lobby: https://t.co/lzSIAlRGfo
— GunsDown (@gunsdownamerica) October 30, 2018
WOW!!! This is a big deal. FEDEX just ended its relationship with the NRA. They refused to do this after the Parkland shooting, but I am overwhelmed that they have decided to finally do this. Thank you FEDEX.https://t.co/32UKkactVt
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) October 30, 2018
Why did FedEx offer a @NRA discount to begin with? Shipping guns is a lucrative business. USPS typically won’t mail handguns, meaning nearly all handgun shipments go through UPS or FedEx. FedEx made a special deal with gun manufacturers. https://t.co/jpR3usOB9Y
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 30, 2018