While the White House, the U.S. Congress and many state legislatures continue to bow to the wishes of the National Rifle Association, a number of businesses have taken steps that those beholden to the NRA are afraid to take due to concerns that monetary contributions from the NRA could be taken away. There's a phrase for this — “bought and paid for” — that applies to the politicians who appear more concerned about money than people.
A number of national businesses, ranging from airlines to car rental agencies, have ended their relations with the NRA. While the "bought and paid for" legislators of Georgia voted to end a lucrative tax exemption for Delta Air Lines, as this is written, Delta is not giving in and continues to sever ties with the NRA.
Delta, one of the worlds largest airlines, is headquartered in Atlanta, but that may change in the future.
Locally, the CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods announced that the firm would no longer sell assault weapons and raised the age for purchasing all other weapons from 18 to 22. Walmart also announced that it is raising the age for purchasing any type of weapons and further banned the sale of anything that resembled an assault weapon, including toys; Walmart stopped selling assault weapons sometime in 2015).
Unfortunately, there are at least two retail outlets that continue to sell assault weapons and, apparently, have no intention of changing the age policy. When called, the person who answered the phone at Bass Pro Shops stated that the company does indeed sell assault weapons. The person in the “shooting” section of Academy Sports + Outdoors refused to answer my question about selling assault weapons, claiming that he was not authorized to speak for the company. Then he hung up, after I stated that my question was not at all about company policy, but a simple “yes” or “no” was adequate. So, I accessed the Academy Sports + Outdoors website and there were all sorts, and brands, of assault weapons.
No doubt, some of the businesses that severed ties with the NRA did so due to reasons based on economics. For instance, Walmart stopped selling assault weapons in 2015 — citing a poor sales record for the weapons of war. Other companies did so due to public pressure; still, others did so because the policies of the NRA were so abhorrent. A few other companies did so due to morality and matters of conscience.
Whatever the reasons may be, it is refreshing that businesses are standing up to the NRA's retrograde policies — which become more extreme almost every day. Now, if our elected officials were only so brave.