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US narrative on gun control and the NRA could be shifting US narrative on gun control and the NRA could be shifting
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There are several signs that the narrative is at a turning point There are several signs that the narrative is at a turning point
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A growing number of Fortune 500 companies are severing their affiliations with the NRA , Survivors of the Parkland shooting are confronting 'gun control' head on A growing number of Fortune 500 companies are severing their affiliations with the NRA , Survivors of the Parkland shooting are confronting 'gun control' head on
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<strong>In the aftermath of last week's Parkland mass shooting, according to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/companies-cutting-ties-nra-grows-include-hertz-metlife/story?id=53322436">ABC News</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ProudResister">grassroots activist Ryan Knight</a>, 20 major companies and brands, such as MetLife, Hertz, and United Airlines have severed ties with the NRA. Furthermore, Amazon, FedEx, Apple, and Google are being targeted by the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BoycottNRA&amp;src=tyah">#BoycottNRA</a> movement. </strong> <strong>In the aftermath of last week's Parkland mass shooting, according to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/companies-cutting-ties-nra-grows-include-hertz-metlife/story?id=53322436">ABC News</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ProudResister">grassroots activist Ryan Knight</a>, 20 major companies and brands, such as MetLife, Hertz, and United Airlines have severed ties with the NRA. Furthermore, Amazon, FedEx, Apple, and Google are being targeted by the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BoycottNRA&amp;src=tyah">#BoycottNRA</a> movement. </strong>
<span style="font-weight: 400">The Feb 25th front page of the </span><em><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-daily-news-front-pages-2018-gallery-1.3732896?pmSlide=1.3840899"><span style="font-weight: 400">New York Daily News </span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400">featured an article headlined "Deliver Us From Evil" criticising FedEx for continuing to work with NRA. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">The Feb 25th front page of the </span><em><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-daily-news-front-pages-2018-gallery-1.3732896?pmSlide=1.3840899"><span style="font-weight: 400">New York Daily News </span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400">featured an article headlined "Deliver Us From Evil" criticising FedEx for continuing to work with NRA. </span>
"In the days since the Florida school shooting, the push for boycotts and meaningful change has mobilized faster than with previous mass shootings," a<span style="font-weight: 400">ccording to the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/business/nra-boycott.html">New York Times.</a></em></span> "In the days since the Florida school shooting, the push for boycotts and meaningful change has mobilized faster than with previous mass shootings," a<span style="font-weight: 400">ccording to the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/business/nra-boycott.html">New York Times.</a></em></span>
<span style="font-weight: 400">The students from the Parkland school have received significant media attention, and in the midst of their grief, have mobilized to protest the lack of gun controls in America. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">The students from the Parkland school have received significant media attention, and in the midst of their grief, have mobilized to protest the lack of gun controls in America. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400">From confronting</span><a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/cnns-town-hall-on-guns-and-the-unmaking-of-marco-rubio"><span style="font-weight: 400"> Florida's Senator Marco Rubio at a CNN sponsored town hall </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400">event to organizing a march on Washington on March 24th, the students are a growing force.  High profile celebrities have made significant donations to support their efforts. <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/02/the-parkland-students-arent-going-away/554159/">As this article points out</a>, the students are helping shape a new kind of debate on guns. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">From confronting</span><a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/cnns-town-hall-on-guns-and-the-unmaking-of-marco-rubio"><span style="font-weight: 400"> Florida's Senator Marco Rubio at a CNN sponsored town hall </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400">event to organizing a march on Washington on March 24th, the students are a growing force.  High profile celebrities have made significant donations to support their efforts. <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/02/the-parkland-students-arent-going-away/554159/">As this article points out</a>, the students are helping shape a new kind of debate on guns. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400">While some of the voices that support gun ownership have attempted to <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/media/374818-morning-joe-hosts-tear-into-conservatives-for-dismissing-students-calls-for">dismiss and minimize</a> the students' efforts, there is a growing sense that <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375032-dan-rather-the-voice-of-florida-survivors-will-change-status">their presence in this national debate is shifting the narrative and will have a significant impact</a>.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400">While some of the voices that support gun ownership have attempted to <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/media/374818-morning-joe-hosts-tear-into-conservatives-for-dismissing-students-calls-for">dismiss and minimize</a> the students' efforts, there is a growing sense that <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375032-dan-rather-the-voice-of-florida-survivors-will-change-status">their presence in this national debate is shifting the narrative and will have a significant impact</a>.</span>
Much of the narrative has focused on "assault weapons" designed for military uses but sold to civilians in much the same way as other types of firearms. Democratic House representatives <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/375659-dems-introduce-assault-weapons-ban">introduced a bill</a> to ban these and other semi-automatic weapons from future sale. President Trump supported a more proactive approach by <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/02/26/588865775/renewing-call-to-arm-teachers-trump-tells-governors-the-nra-is-on-our-side">calling for teachers to be armed</a>. While Trump also called for reinstating mental health "institutions" for the mentally ill in hopes that potential shooters could be identified and given treatment, mental health service availability in general has had <a href="https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2018/NAMI-s-Statement-Regarding-President-Trump-s-Recen">bipartisan appeal</a>. Much of the narrative has focused on "assault weapons" designed for military uses but sold to civilians in much the same way as other types of firearms. Democratic House representatives <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/375659-dems-introduce-assault-weapons-ban">introduced a bill</a> to ban these and other semi-automatic weapons from future sale. President Trump supported a more proactive approach by <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/02/26/588865775/renewing-call-to-arm-teachers-trump-tells-governors-the-nra-is-on-our-side">calling for teachers to be armed</a>. While Trump also called for reinstating mental health "institutions" for the mentally ill in hopes that potential shooters could be identified and given treatment, mental health service availability in general has had <a href="https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2018/NAMI-s-Statement-Regarding-President-Trump-s-Recen">bipartisan appeal</a>.
Corporate America may be showing signs of going beyond an NRA boycott. On Feb 27th, Dick's Sporting Goods, the largest sporting goods retailer in the US, <a href="http://pressroom.dicks.com/press-information/media-statements.aspx?camp=sns::20180227:CS2015:am:end:&amp;utm_medium=Social%20DSG&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_campaign=CS2015&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_content=20180227">announced</a> it would raise the minimum age for gun sales to 21 from 18, and would no longer sell "assault-style rifles" or high-capacity magazines in its Dick's and Field &amp; Stream stores. Dick's acknowledged it had sold a shotgun to the Parkland mass shooter in November 2017. "We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being taken seriously," it wrote in its media statement. Corporate America may be showing signs of going beyond an NRA boycott. On Feb 27th, Dick's Sporting Goods, the largest sporting goods retailer in the US, <a href="http://pressroom.dicks.com/press-information/media-statements.aspx?camp=sns::20180227:CS2015:am:end:&amp;utm_medium=Social%20DSG&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_campaign=CS2015&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_content=20180227">announced</a> it would raise the minimum age for gun sales to 21 from 18, and would no longer sell "assault-style rifles" or high-capacity magazines in its Dick's and Field &amp; Stream stores. Dick's acknowledged it had sold a shotgun to the Parkland mass shooter in November 2017. "We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being taken seriously," it wrote in its media statement.
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<p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/02/21/why-the-parkland-kids-might-be-different/?utm_term=.ce676f3926a4"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Time may be different &#8211; Washington Post</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/02/21/why-the-parkland-kids-might-be-different/?utm_term=.ce676f3926a4"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Time may be different &#8211; Washington Post</span></a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-parkland-its-already-clear-the-kids-are-changing-things"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Kids are already changing things &#8211; Daily Beast</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-parkland-its-already-clear-the-kids-are-changing-things"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Kids are already changing things &#8211; Daily Beast</span></a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/" rel="nofollow">http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/</a></span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/" rel="nofollow">http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/</a></span></a></p>
<p><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375032-dan-rather-the-voice-of-florida-survivors-will-change-status" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dan Rather: the students will &#8220;shake the political status quo&#8221;</a></p> <p><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375032-dan-rather-the-voice-of-florida-survivors-will-change-status" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dan Rather: the students will &#8220;shake the political status quo&#8221;</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-airlines-nra-20180224-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NRA Lashes Out at #BoycottNRA &#8211; The Chicago Tribune</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-airlines-nra-20180224-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NRA Lashes Out at #BoycottNRA &#8211; The Chicago Tribune</span></a></p>
<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/companies-cutting-ties-nra-grows-include-hertz-metlife/story?id=53322436" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ABCNews : Growing list of companies are cutting ties with NRA</a></p> <p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/companies-cutting-ties-nra-grows-include-hertz-metlife/story?id=53322436" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ABCNews : Growing list of companies are cutting ties with NRA</a></p>
<p><a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/375659-dems-introduce-assault-weapons-ban">The Hill: Dems introduce bill banning assault weapons</a></p> <p><a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/375659-dems-introduce-assault-weapons-ban">The Hill: Dems introduce bill banning assault weapons</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/02/26/588865775/renewing-call-to-arm-teachers-trump-tells-governors-the-nra-is-on-our-side">NPR: Renewing Call to Arm Teachers, Trump Tells Governors &#8216;The NRA is on Our Side&#8217;</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/02/26/588865775/renewing-call-to-arm-teachers-trump-tells-governors-the-nra-is-on-our-side">NPR: Renewing Call to Arm Teachers, Trump Tells Governors &#8216;The NRA is on Our Side&#8217;</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2018/NAMI-s-Statement-Regarding-President-Trump-s-Recen">Statement from National Alliance on Mental Illness</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2018/NAMI-s-Statement-Regarding-President-Trump-s-Recen">Statement from National Alliance on Mental Illness</a></p>
<p><a href="http://pressroom.dicks.com/press-information/media-statements.aspx?camp=sns::20180227:CS2015:am:end:&amp;utm_medium=Social%20DSG&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_campaign=CS2015&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_content=20180227">Dick&#8217;s Sporting Goods Media Statement</a></p> <p><a href="http://pressroom.dicks.com/press-information/media-statements.aspx?camp=sns::20180227:CS2015:am:end:&amp;utm_medium=Social%20DSG&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_campaign=CS2015&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_content=20180227">Dick&#8217;s Sporting Goods Media Statement</a></p>

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