With 5 million members and a multi-million dollar lobbying empire, the US gun lobby, the NRA, is holding meaningful gun reform hostage in the US political system. Meanwhile, the lobby’s communications arm, NRATV, is spreading fake news and conspiracy theories online.
NRATV is a powerful mouthpiece for an organization whose CEO claims that owning a gun is a right “granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright.” And it’s being broadcast by Amazon, the biggest name in tech.
As the NRA doubles down on its defense of the “right” to own military-grade assault rifles despite the pleading of survivors of multiple school shootings, some are calling on tech companies to stop hosting NRATV. That’s why we’re demanding Amazon stop spreading the NRA’s harmful rhetoric through their streaming services.
Jeff Bezos has been criticized lately for steering Amazon into irresponsible territory. From continuing to funnel ad dollars into the hate-news site, Breitbart, to underpaying and overworking distribution center workers, Amazon clearly has a bad side that Bezos is trying to hide.
Despite public outcry in the U.S., Bezos, as both the CEO and chair of the board of the corporate giant, has yet to publicly cut ties with the NRA while Amazon continues to give the gun lobby a powerful platform to spread hatred and lies. Enough is enough. Help tell Bezos and Amazon that the world is watching.
It’s time Amazon stop broadcasting NRATV’s alternate reality. Despite their talking points, it’s clearer than ever that the NRA doesn’t speak for the average American: a 2018 poll showed 66% of Americans supported a ban on assault weapons.
We know we have the power to pressure companies to cut ties with the NRA -- three Enterprise rental car brands already ended their discount program from NRA members in the wake of the devestating Parkland school shooting. But it’s up to us to make sure our voices speak louder than NRATV’s conspiracy theories. That’s why we’re calling on Amazon to drop NRATV from their streaming services.