The horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 seems to be the last straw for some in a long tragic string of mass shootings in the U.S. People are rising up in anger and speaking out in efforts to get Trump and Congress to pass gun reform measures, and against the National Rifle Association.
On Thursday morning, the First National Bank of Omaha announced it’s decision via Twitter not to renew their contract with the National Rifle Association or issue the NRA Visa Card.
After heavy social media backlash, aimed at calling out the bank’s relationship with the NRA, First National, the country’s largest privately owned bank, finally said it would stop issuing NRA-branded cards.
According to The Omaha World-Herald:
‘First National spokesman Kevin Langin told The World-Herald that “customer feedback” caused the bank to review its dealings with the NRA. After the review, Langin said, the bank decided that it is “not going to renew the contract” to issue the NRA cards. He wouldn’t say when the contract was set to expire.’
Earlier this week, First National was listed among other businesses that do business with the NRA. The Director of Government Affairs for the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, stated that after the bank’s announcement to sever ties with the NRA, gun owners with First National accounts:
‘will be giving strong consideration to moving their accounts to a bank that that hasn’t bowed to political pressure.’
This is what Twitter had to say about the bank’s decision: