‘I suppose you are ignoring the fact that the NRA had nothing to do with what happened in Parkland…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) In an annual shareholder meeting, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was confronted about the company’s decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Justin Danhof, director of the National Center for Public Policy’s Free Enterprise Project, said he asked Munoz why United broke a business relationship with the NRA, to which Munoz answered that the decision wasn’t political.
“Munoz claimed the decision was made only because a United employee’s daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting,” Danhof said in a statement after the meeting. “While that is indeed a tragedy, this explanation insults the intelligence of United’s investors and customers.
“United has 90,000 employees and has been around for nearly 100 years. In all that time, has no other United employee or a family member experienced gun violence? That’s hard to believe.”
Danhof said Munoz accused him of political commentary, while denying United took political stances, despite recently hiring former Obama administration spokesman Josh Earnest.
Danhof said United’s decision to break its relationship with the NRA was a result of Munoz caving into pressure from the mainstream media and the “liberal mob.”
“I suppose you are ignoring the fact that the NRA had nothing to do with what happened in Parkland and that the perpetrator had zero affiliation with the NRA,” Danhof told Munoz during the meeting.
Danhof said United has alienated millions of potential customers who support the 2ndAmendment, which could hurt the company’s business in the long-run.
“By refusing to answer the crux of my question, Munoz made it clear to me that he doesn’t really care that he offended so many gun supporters and NRA members,” Danhof said.