#Boycott NRA takes off

United and Delta cut ties with the NRA.

…in abandoning the NRA, the airlines followed car rental giants Avis, Hertz and Enterprise, the Best Western hotel chain, the global insurance company MetLife, and more than a dozen other corporations that have severed affiliations with the gun group in the last two days.

Good. Couldn’t happen to a more worthy bunch of extremists at the top of the organization. We’ve repeatedly been told that most NRA members would go along with sensible curbs on guns, including fixing the gun show loophole, raising minimum ages, and other things meant to reduce the number of unstable people with guns. Their executives, however, have been spouting bizarre claims about their opponents for years. Just yesterday at the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) meeting

[CEO] LaPierre told them “you should be anxious and you should be frightened” about the potential of another Democratic takeover of the House, Senate and White House.

“If they seize power … our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever,” he said. “The first to go will be the Second Amendment.”

LaPierre spent a significant portion of his remarks warning against the expansion of socialist political ideas, despite the fact that Republicans control both chambers in Congress and the White House…

To his audience this is red meat. Once upon a time CPAC was on the fringes of the Republican Party; now it is the Republican Party, as was obvious when the sitting President gave a live speech to the assembled crowd.

We can hope that the average NRA member enjoys his discounts from the above companies and rises up to say to his organization’s leaders “Enough!” I ain’t bettin’ on it, though.