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Biggest companies cutting ties to NRA, Trump wants guns in schools

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Some companies are distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association after outcry over the mass shooting at a South Florida high school last week.

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The First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew a contract to issue an NRA-branded Visa credit card.

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," bank spokesman Kevin Langin said in a tweet. "As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card."

Late Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise, Alamo and National rental car brands, said all three will sever ties next month.

Wyndham Hotels and Best Western have also announced similar actions. Business Insider reported, though, that Wyndham ended its discount program for NRA members late last year.

It's not clear when Best Western cut its ties with the firearms group. "Best Western Hotels & Resorts does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association," the company tweeted this week.

Friday, insurer MetLife ended its discount program with NRA.

President Donald Trump took the stage Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, urging Republicans to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections and reiterating his support for arming schoolteachers.

"Well-trained, gun-adept teachers and coaches and people that work in those buildings, adept with weaponry and guns -- this would be a major deterrent because these people are cowards," Trump said.

Rather than having armed guards stationed around schools, Trump said teachers, coaches and other staff who are adept with a gun are the best form of protection because they love their students.


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