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U.S. companies end ties with gun group NRA






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U.S. companies, like United Airlines and Hertz, are planning to cut ties with the USA's National Rifle Association (NRA). This is after the high-school shooting in South Florida in which 17 students and staff died. Many other companies are cutting ties with the powerful NRA lobby group. They will end discounts and benefits for NRA members. This could be a watershed for gun control in the USA. There is also a growing campaign for change on social media.

The NRA attacked the failure of the school and government for the tragedy. It stated: "Law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school's security preparedness, the failure of America's mental health system...or the cruel failures of...law enforcement." It said that companies that punished NRA members for the tragedy were "shameful". It added that the loss of discounts would not stop the NRA from defending freedom.

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