In the wake of the Florida shooting, blame is being thrown around like rice at a wedding. There is a frenzy of finger pointing, a gaggle of people being used by the 2nd amendment haters to use this tragedy to their political advantage, a bevy of politicians who want to capitalize on the pain, outside influencers seeking to cause disruption, and the media, as always, jumping to conclusions and mis-stating facts that are not evidenturally true.
As if the murder of 17 students and teachers is not horrifying enough, we just have to go overboard in ways that are not helpful to the situation or to anyone hurt by it, which is almost everyone.
Someone posted a #boycotttheNRA, and as you might expect, it got a lot of play when emotions are running high. What happened from that is truly disturbing.
Sponsors of the NRA have been discontinuing their sponsorships. The NRA is the largest membership organization in the country. They exist to preserve our 2nd amendment rights. They are not the organization who failed to act on reports of potential violence by the shooter. They are not the people who instructed police to ease up on arrests in the school so that more grant money could be obtained. They are not the people who failed every step of the process that ended in a tragedy of epic proportions. Nor are they an organization that promotes gun violence, or any violence, in any way on any level.
Yet they have become the target of businesses. These businesses did not support the NRA and it’s 4.5 million members because they have a strong belief in your and my 2nd amendment rights. They supported them for the dollars they could get from 4.5 million likely prospects and the endorsement of the NRA to their members to buy those businesses products and services.
But with the appearance of a hash tag, they bail. They of course have a right to select who they will and won’t sponsor. But if you think it is because they care, think again. It is about dollars, and the fear of losing customers when the emotions are so high in our country. It works both ways though. 4.5 million members can speak with their wallets as well. My family are NRA members. We believe in our right to bear arms, and we believe that background checks that exist as law, should be funded by our government and actually done. Few are opposed to making them longer or more stringent, but they have to actually be done. Many also do not believe an 18 year old should be able to buy an AR15. Personally, I don’t care if they ban them for everyone other than military and law enforcement.
As these businesses have chosen to vilify the NRA and all who are members, I suggest the same be done to these companies and NRA members cancel their credit cards and go elsewhere, use other rental car companies, airlines etc, and find equal businesses to support rather than those businesses who blame the NRA instead of those who are deserving of blame.
I am wondering what these companies have done, previous to the Parkland shooting to lobby for or fund more police training, or fund making schools safer in their communities, or lobby for or fund better and more legislation to increase mental health intervention and treatment. There are common threads in most all of these shooting incidents, and mental health and government failures on multiple levels are the biggest threads. Not the NRA.
Removing sponsorship is not the answer, it is feeding into the media hype and the politically correct nonsense.
If you truly want to do something of real value without the headline grabbing news, that will make a difference to peoples real lives–here are my suggestions.
- Fund fences and security around schools, just like you do around your office campuses.
- Start protecting our future generations like you protect your employees.
- Fund 100 mental health clinics for troubled and violent youth, 2 per state, so they have places to be helped.
- Fund response to active shooter training for schools and for police officers.
- Put your money where your politics are, and do something not to hurt your shareholders and the 4.5 million Americans who belong to the NRA, but to cause real and immediate help in our schools and with our youth.
- Put your billions in profits where your political mouths are and make a positive difference.
I am sorry companies chose the NRA and its members as their scapegoats and that discontinuing sponsoring them makes someone in their hierarchy feel like they have taken a stand. The problem has been and continues to be, it’s the wrong stand. ‘I’ll say bye bye to these companies, and am sorry to end my fiduciary relationship with them, as I have enjoyed working with them. But I will not be made to feel that by standing for the rights that my forefathers fought and died for so that we could enjoy them, I am not worthy of their support, and they, by ending their sponsorship have told me that they do not want or need my business. Supporting the NRA has no basis for my consumer choices, but unsponsoring them over this evil act, places blame where it should not be placed, and serves no helpful and positive purpose other than to mollify the social media sharks.