The First National Bank of Omaha remarked on Thursday that they will not renew their contract with the National Rifle Association, according to CNBC News. This refers to their contact with the NRA to issue its NRA-branded Visa credit card.
The primary reason for their decision, claims the bank, stems from customer feedback, which has caused them to reconsider their relationship with the gun rights organization. According to CNBC, one spokesperson for the bank claimed that customer feedback was the first and primary reason for the decision.
"As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card," claimed the spokesperson.
The website advertising the card disappeared on Wednesday, less than one day after Think Progress reported that the bank supports the NRA and the gun rights movement. The bank was one of many companies used by the NRA to promote its membership through discounts and deals at banks.
Ultimately, this move, although it has caused a reaction from those who shop at the bank, is not very surprising. In fact, the move comes in the midst of a fierce debate about gun control after a lone gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school last Wednesday using an assault rifle.
In the aftermath of the debate, partisan tensions over gun policy are higher than ever. Scores of teenagers who survived the attack have mobilized in protest against the lack of gun control. They have been meeting with lawmakers, including President Trump, in order to encourage stronger restrictions on access to firearms.
According to Think Progress, for over a decade the First National Bank of Omaha has offered these special branded Visa Cards to the National Rifle Association members. It has been done as a means of supporting the group.
They also reported that the bank is one of at least 22 corporations that the NRA claims offer incentives to NRA members.
Despite the NRA coming under fire from the mainstream media and the Democratic Party, many Republicans and President Trump have consistently defended the organization.
The Washington Post reports that President Trump on Thursday doubled down on his support for the NRA and for the idea of arming teachers as a deterrent for school shootings. He also praised the current leadership of the NRA, saying that they are "Great American Patriots."
Trump has claimed that the White House strategy for arming teachers would be less costly than hiring guards. He has also claimed that "gun-free" zones make it easy for shooters to kill innocent people, who, if they are abiding by the law, remain unarmed.
“Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive,” Trump said in a tweet, according to the Washington Post.
“What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots,” Trump wrote. “They love our Country and will do the right thing.”
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