Victory: FedEx Stops Supporting the NRA

We Asked FedEx to pull out of the NRA's Business Alliance. They Did.

October 30, 2018 Update: FedEx Ends Partnership With  the National Rifle Association

Nearly 500,000 signed online petition calling on FedEx to Drop the NRA

WASHINGTON — Guns Down America, a bolder, broader movement calling for dramatically fewer guns in America released the following statement after Reuters reported today that FedEx has agreed to end its member discount program with the NRA.

Launched in 2016, FedEx was the focus of a campaign from Guns Down calling on the company to stop offering massive discounts to members of the National Rifle Association, a business arrangement that subsidized the NRA’s dangerous agenda. The program offered NRA members discounts up to 26 percent on FedEx shipping and was marketed by the NRA to members as a benefit of membership.

Following the shooting in Parkland, Florida Guns Down America and its partners re-launched the campaign at DropTheNRA.org with a petition that attracted almost 500,000 signatures and urged thousands of people to email FedEx CEO Fred Smith to cut ties with the gun lobby.

“This campaign succeeded because Americans pressured corporations to stop subsidizing the NRA’s dangerous agenda,” said Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America. “While far too many lives were lost to gun violence since this campaign was launched, we are pleased to see that FedEx joined at least 28 other companies that finally understand that working with the NRA is not only the wrong thing to do, but bad for business. We will continue to hold companies large and small accountable who subsidize the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda.”

Led by Guns Down, the campaign generated massive response from people all across the country who signed the petition.

This is the second major successful corporate accountability campaign from Guns Down. Previously Guns Down pressured insurance giants Chubb and Lockton to end their work with the NRA’s murder insurance, Carry Guard.

Participating organizations included: Campaign To Unload, Color of Change, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, Guns Down, Media Matters for America, Moms Rising, Newtown Action Alliance, One Pulse, Pride Fund To End Gun Violence, and States United to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Original campaign content is below.

FedEx is still a member of the National Rifle Association’s Business Alliance1, granting discounts up to 26% for NRA members2 and funding a reckless and irresponsible pro-gun agenda that puts all Americans at risk.

Tell FedEx to stop supporting the NRA.  Ask them, politely but firmly, to pull out of the NRA’s Business Alliance and cease supporting a reckless organization that puts the lives of Americans at risk in the name of corporate profits.

The National Rifle Association accepts millions of dollars from gun manufacturers every year to advance an extremist pro-gun agenda, including eliminating gun-free zones3 at schools4 and houses of worship5, gutting criminal background checks for gun sales6, and allowing open carrying7 of loaded guns in all public places.

While the NRA’s Washington lobbyists scheme to weaken gun laws and increase gun sales with scare tactics, they ignore the will of their own members, who overwhelmingly support8 stricter gun laws.

FedEx was #58 on the Fortune 500 list of companies in 2016, with revenues exceeding $50 billion. They have enormous economic power in America, and they can send a clear message to the NRA: American businesses don’t support your extreme agenda, and we won’t accept your blood money!

1 The NRA’s Business Alliance benefits: http://www.nraba.org/benefits.aspx
2 FedEx discounts for NRA members: https://advantagemember.van.fedex.com/4380/
3 Media Matters for America, ‘NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Just Called “Gun-Free Zones” The “Worst And Most Dangerous Of All Lies” While Speaking From A “Gun-Free Zone”‘:http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/03/03/nras-wayne-lapierre-just-called-gun-free-zones/208998
4 National School Shield: https://www.nationalschoolshield.org/
5 New York Post, “NRA official blames pastor for church massacre”: http://nypost.com/2015/06/19/nra-official-blames-pastor-for-church-massacre/
6 National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, “Background Checks | NICS”: https://www.nraila.org/issues/background-checks-nics/
7 National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action
8 Center for American Progress, “RELEASE: Gun Owners Overwhelmingly Support Background Checks, See NRA as Out of Touch, New Poll Finds”: https://www.americanprogress.org/press/release/2015/11/17/125618/release-gun-owners-overwhelmingly-support-background-checks-see-nra-as-out-of-touch-new-poll-finds/
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