United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said that he is cutting the company's ties to the National Rifle Association. During United Continental Holdings Inc's annual meeting on Wednesday, Munoz said his decision was "personal" when one of the attendees expressed concern that doing so may alienate gunowners and supporters of Second Amendment rights. 

Munoz responded by saying, “Sir, it wasn’t political. It was personal with regard to my family at United,” according to Bloomberg News. He said that the daughter of a United Airlines pilot was one of the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. He said, “That’s why we made the decision. We aren’t here to make political conversation or strike political debate. We’re here to serve customers.”

Munoz did not explain, however, how NRA was involved with the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 persons, nearly all of whom were high school students. In the days after the shooting, more than twelve companies parted ways with the NRA. Among them were United, First National Bank of Omaha, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Symantec, Metlife, Delta Airlines, Best Western, Hertz, North American Van Lines, Paramount Rx, SimpliSafe, and TrueCar. These companies had provided discounts and other considerations to NRA members.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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