Amid a heated public debate on gun laws following the deadly shooting in a Parkland high school, many US companies, including banks, airlines and car rental companies, have chosen to end their relationships with the National Rifle Association.

Students protesting days after the shooting

Students protesting days after the shooting Screenshot from YouTube

In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and amid a wave of gun control demonstrations by surviving students, several US companies have announced they are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), including banks, airlines and car rental companies.

This comes in response to a massive online campaign to boycott the NRA, which opposes restrictions on gun ownership, after a teenager with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at the school two weeks ago.

On Thursday, NRA head Wayne LaPierre broke his silence by attacking gun control supporters and accusing them of exploiting the tragedy to promote their agenda.

“The elites don’t care not one whit about America’s school system and school children,” LaPierre said. They care more about control, and more of it. Their goal is to eliminate the second amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms.”

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump proposed to arm teachers with guns during a sit-down at the White House with survivors of the shooting.

“This would only be, obviously, for people who are very adept at handling a gun,” he said. “It’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.”