In a protest at FedEx, Hertz, and Windham Worldwide locations in Midtown Manhattan, Gays Against Guns demanded that the three companies halt their generous discounts for NRA members because the money those members save ends up in the gun lobby’s bank account.
“The NRA spent $52 million in outside spending to elect Donald Trump and pro-gun senators and representatives this year,” said Ken Kidd, a member of Gays Against Guns, an anti-gun violence group that was founded following the June 2016 massacre in an Orlando LGBTQ club that left 49 dead. “Some of that cash came from NRA members who saved money doing business with FedEx, Hertz, and Wyndham Worldwide.
If these companies want to do business with the rest of us, they have to stop doing business with the gun radicals at the NRA.”The cash raised from these transactions with NRA members can be substantial. In a recent solicitation sent to NRA members, First Bankcard, a division of the First National Bank of Omaha, a large privately held bank, the credit card provider boasted that “Over $24 million has been raised to date!” for the NRA.
Gays Against Guns is a direct action group committed to ending gun violence in America through sensible gun law reform, a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, and universal background checks. Founded in June 2016 after a mass shooting in an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead, GAG believes that gun violence is a public health issue that disproportionately affects people of color, religious minorities, and LGBTQ Americans. It has chapters in New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC.