With 5 million members and a multi-million dollar lobbying empire, the US-based NRA is holding the debate over gun legislation hostage. But a lesser-known arm of the group, NRATV, has become the online voice of the organization.
NRATV host Grant Stinchfield recently highlighted former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, who has compared Parkland high school shooting survivors pleas for sensible gun control to “rhetoric from Hitler.”
From spreading conspiracy theories about anti-Trump protesters being evangelists for Sharia law, to smearing Black Lives Matter and claiming CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign, NRATV is a powerful mouthpiece for an organization whose agenda is guns anywhere, for anyone, no questions asked.
And it’s being broadcast by some of the biggest names in tech: Amazon, Google, and Apple.
As the NRA doubles down on its defense of the “right” to own military-grade assault rifles despite the pleading of survivors of the Parkland high school shooting, some are calling on tech to stop hosting NRATV. That’s why we’re following the call of the viral hashtag #StopNRAmazon and the lead of organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety to demand Amazon, Google, and Apple #DumpNRATV.
The powerful, tragic stories of Parkland students and parents are shifting some politicians to consider stronger background checks and limits on the sale of assault rifles. But meanwhile, the NRA is spreading misinformation and stoking fears of a liberal takeover backed by the “social engineering” of George Soros. Seriously.
It’s time Amazon, Google, and Apple 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 2016 poll showed 63% of Americans supported an assault weapons ban.
We know we have the power to pressure companies to cut ties with the NRA -- three Enterprise rental car brands and airlines like Delta and United have already ended their discount program from NRA members in the wake of the Parkland 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, Google, and Apple to drop NRATV from their streaming services.
ThinkProgress. 20 February 2018.
Media Matters for America. 28 February 2018.
New York Times. 21 February 2018.