Gays Against Guns, an anti-gun group that was founded following the Orlando terrorist attack in June that left 49 people dead at a gay nightclub, held protests at multiple businesses in Midtown Manhattan on Monday because the businesses are giving discounts to members of the National Rifle Association. Despite being marketed to the public the protest only attracted 20-30 people.
The LGBTQ group targeted Hertz, FedEx and Wyndham Worldwide on Monday and held a protest at the FedEx outlet on 34th street between 7th and 8th avenues despite the terrorist attack being national security focused. Some experts say that if the terrorist didn’t have access to guns he may have just built a bomb instead.
“The NRA spent $52 million in outside spending to elect Donald Trump and pro-gun senators and representatives this year,” said Ken Kidd, a member of the LGBTQ. in a press release on Monday. “Some of that cash came from NRA members who saved money doing business with FedEx, Hertz, and Wyndham Worldwide. If these companies want to do business with the rest of us, they have to stop doing business with the gun radicals at the NRA.”
The group said in the press release that they are protesting the discounts “because the money those members save ends up in the gun lobby’s bank account.”
The protest later moved to a Wyndham Hotel nearby where protesters held signs and chanted, “Wyndham funds the NRA and NRA funds Trump.”
Trump received the endorsement from the NRA earlier this year and spent roughly $50 million to aid in the presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton as well as to fill six seats in the Senate.
During the campaign, the NRA created ads with the message of telling voters to go out and vote for candidates that would protect the Second Amendment. The NRA also created a list of the candidates that were Second Amendment supporters.