(How to) Boycott the NRA

Students across the country participated in school walkouts to demand action on gun violence, and two more widespread walkouts are planned for the next two months.

This is a step in the right direction: Dallas official asks NRA to consider another city for annual convention http://abcnews.go.com/US/dallas-mayor-asks-nra-city-annual-convention/story?id=53211101 “Dwaine Caraway, mayor pro tem of Dallas, a self-proclaimed strong “believer” in the second amendment, said the NRA has a national responsibility “to address this madness now” as he called on the group to help establish better gun laws”. However, the NRA is basically saying F you to that guy, as are some other members of the Dallas City Council.

What do we hope to achieve by boycotting the NRA?

1.) a ban on the sale of assault weapons to the general public 
2.) help pass legislation that keeps firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill
So far the NRA has been the biggest obstacle in getting these two simple things passed.

There are lots of reasonable members of the NRA, right? What would be the best way to organize them to boycott/send in their membership cards/not attend conventions until the NRA adopts a more reasonable stance? The NRA is nothing without its members and I have to believe there are a lot, maybe even a majority, that don’t feel like assault weapons are a God-given right and teachers don’t need to be armed.

Here is your response:

I own a multiple of “assault rifles”, many 30-round magazines, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in various calibers. I was an NRA member but cancelled my membership due to their tiresome rhetoric. I know they are aligned with me with regards to the second amendment, but the scare tactics and overly dramatic messaging does not help the conversation.

I am sure there are other former NRA members like me.

I know a few folks who signed up as NRA life members years ago who are now disgusted, wishing they hadn’t.

What else can ‘we the people’ do?

Facebook group: NRA Boycott

More companies cut ties with the NRA after customer backlash
By Ben Popkin

More and more American businesses, including car rental companies, an insurance giant and a major bank, are severing ties with the National Rifle Association in the face of torrents of criticism from customers on social media.

The backlash began on Thursday after the First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO), which has an NRA-branded Visa credit card, said in a statement that it had decided not to renew the contract.

Shortly afterward, other companies announced they would end their NRA membership discount programs.

Among those cutting ties with the NRA were the car rental groups Enterprise, Hertz, Avis and Budget; the insurance giant MetLife; the software firm Symantec; and the Boston-based home security company SimpliSafe.

NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway said the companies are making a smart business move to protect their brand.

“The most valuable person in world of consumer business is an 18 year old. They have influence over what the rest of us believe is ‘cool’ and have a lifetime of discretionary spending ahead of them,” Galloway told NBC News. “Their recent galvanization against the issue has made the NRA very uncool and an easy target for firms wanting to say to the most important cohort ‘Hey, we get it, and are with you.'”

As of writing, the hashtag #BoycottNRA has garnered more than 2.1 million impressions.

Several companies have decided to stop offering discounts to NRA members after the Florida shooting. They include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National, and Alamo.

There’s a straightforward way to find out if gun stocks are in your retirement fund (RGR, AOBC, VSTO) By , BusinessInsider

Investors are scrutinizing their ownership of gun stocks following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, said Friday it was exploring ways to offer index funds — single investment products that simultaneously buy several stocks — that exclude gun manufacturers and retailers.

American Outdoor Brands, formerly known as Smith & Wesson, manufactured the semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle used in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police said.

“We share the nation’s grief over this incomprehensible and senseless loss of life and we share the desire to make our community safer,” James Debney, the company’s CEO, said during the third-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Investor scrutiny centers around so-called environmental, social, and governance (or ESG) guidelines, which factor in a company’s impact beyond profit making. Other issues that have prompted these kinds of discussions include climate change and gender diversity.

Last week, Morningstar released a guide to help people check if the index funds that manage their retirement plans own any gun stocks.

Index funds invest massive amounts of money at a time, so they could end up among the largest shareholders in companies they buy — especially since many of the companies aren’t that big.

For example, Morningstar noted that the $700 billion Vanguard Total Stock Market Index put 0.01% of its assets in American Outdoor Brands. But that investment adds up to a 2.4% stake in the company.

The first step is to log into your account and check whether the mutual fund that runs your 401-k is exposed to small-cap stocks. That’s because the three major gunmakers — American Outdoor Brands, Sturm Ruger, and Vista Outdoor, fall under this category of companies with a total market value of roughly $300 million to $2 billion.

“Driven by assets in index funds, approximately two out of every three dollars invested in small-cap funds have exposure to guns,” said Jon Hale, Morningstar’s director of sustainable-investing research.

Hale noted that although index-fund ownership is huge, that stake becomes tiny when examined on an individual basis. “Most index investors can rest easy knowing they are not invested in guns in a material way,” he said. “But for many, that’s not the point. Any exposure to guns may no longer be acceptable.”

Apart from small-cap funds, those that have a broad exposure to the total stock market are also likely to include gun stocks, Hale said.

The one category of index funds that’s least likely to be invested in gun stocks is actively managed small-cap funds. That’s because only some portfolio managers are likely to select gun stocks given the thousands of companies they can choose from, Hale said.

The table below shows the funds with the largest positions in the three major gunmakers, based on Morningstar’s data as of February 28. A full list of funds with positions in any of the three gun stocks is available here »

Paul McCartney joined the March for Our Lives on Saturday in New York City — not far from where his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon was fatally shot years ago.

Protesters for the New York march gathered on Manhattan’s Upper West Side near the Dakota apartment building at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West, where Lennon lived with his wife, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean Lennon.McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, wore black T-shirts that read, “We Can End Gun Violence.” He also held up a sign with the March for Our Lives logo.

Alluding to Lennon, McCartney told CNN, “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me.”

October 22-A National Day of Mourning

On October 22nd, we are all Americans, we stand as one people, one nation, without color, creed or division. We are one, we are America.

OCT. 22ND A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND CALM

This is a call for a day of prayer and calm. To mourn the dead. This is a non-violent protest. A day of remembrance, not a day for violence.

1.) To participate we call on everyone everywhere to wear black to mourn the dead.

2.) Do not go to work, or to school or to church, as remembrance of the dead.

3.) No shopping. Do not spend one dime on October 22nd. No buses, no trains and no planes for one day to show our solidarity with those who have been murdered.