To me, the value of a business lies in its societal component. I am all for financial success, and in fact, I would prefer it!, but a business without kindness is useless to me. Equally important, does the leadership have interest in contributing to the betterment of society? I expect to write more on the businesses I do or do not see kindness and/or humanity in, but today I will start with the obvious: those companies that are disconnecting from the NRA. Please DO NOT MISTAKE this as me taking the side against gun ownership. On the contrary, I am all for it as I believe in having the right as a citizen to be part of “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (The Bill of Rights, Amendment II). I also vehemently disagree with the movement to get Amazon to discontinue NRATV. That, to me, is censorship of media for people who are gun enthusiasts – and being a gun enthusiast does not equal violent person. There is a place in this country for everyone, as long as they are not a danger to society.
*Sidenote rant and disclaimer (or would it be claimer) regarding dangers to society?: for all of my kindness and goodness and love of peace—maybe because of it!—I am 100% in support of the death penalty for perpetrators against innocence; i.e., a verified child molester. I have zero sympathy for his problems and zero respect for his life. In my opinion, he or she can stand trial, be found guilty, and then please take him outside and end it right there. I would like to put my tax dollars into building up our glorious children with equal, equitable, and excellent primary & secondary education than into paying for a prison cell for someone who has irreparably harmed a child. Sidenote rant over.
Today, however, and over the last many years, America is becoming a war-torn society – in our offices and most heartbreakingly and disgustingly, in our schools. When I think back on my school days and equally, how freely and joyfully I danced the nights away in clubs – I am disgusted that we, the adults in this place, have allowed our society to fall to the wayside of humanity. So today I want to highlight the companies that are distancing themselves from the NRA – an organization that I support (not monetarily) for its purpose as a gathering spot for like-minded people; but that I do not support for its leadership’s unwillingness to recognize societal balance. Good lord, gain some perspective NRAers. If I am missing any from the list or you have something to say, please add in the comments! Reminder: I love conversations, but if you are disgusting with your comments, I will draw an X across your face with a giant red sharpie.
Thank you for your humanity:
First Omaha National Bank
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Allied Van Lines
North American Van Lines
Avis Budget Group
Enterprise Holdings (which includes Alamo, Enterprise and National)
Starkey Hearing Technologies
Symantec (which includes LifeLock)
via The Bill of Rights: A Transcription | National Archives