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Should companies take political stands?

More than a dozen companies have severed ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) amidst growing pressure from gun control activists. Delta was even threatened by Georgia Republicans after it decided to stop offering NRA members discounts. But Amazon, Apple, FedEx, and Google have yet to cut ties with the gun lobby, and many are calling to boycott the companies until they follow suit. Others think private companies have no business making political statements. What do you think? 

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Despite inaction from lawmakers, corporate America hasn't been afraid to stand up to the powerful gun lobby. More than a dozen companies have officially cut ties with the NRA over the past few weeks including Hertz, Best Western, United Airlines and MetLife. But Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku have yet to follow suit and activists are demanding the tech companies stop streaming the controversial and provocative NRATV.

Corporate America, or at least the segment with business ties to the National Rifle Association, is rapidly deciding that the association is toxic.

While the NRA's political success has often been built on its 5 million single-issue voters, private companies have determined the gun lobby's membership is tiny against the backdrop of the larger U.S. economy.

United Airlines, whose parent company,United Continental Holdings Inc., cut ties with the gun lobby last week, had 148 million passengers last year. Delta Air Lines Inc., which also dumped the group, served 180 million customers last year. Even if NRA members are fanatically loyal to companies that give them discounts because of their membership, those companies won’t worry about losing their business, because the alternative is much scarier.

While some conservatives are angry that corporations are "responding to culture war issues," others believe companies absolutely should take political stands. 

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After Delta Air Lines chose to stop giving discounts to NRA members, Georgia Republicans threatened the company.

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But others applauded Delta's decision. 

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Many are calling on other companies to take a political stand.

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But even with mounting pressure, FedEx decided it would not cut ties with the NRA.

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Some applauded FedEx for making its own decision. 

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But it further angered others who continue to boycott FedEx.

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