You know things are getting heated when Memphis-based shipping giant FedEx feels the need to respond - twice - to criticism over its association with the National Rifle Association. The researchers tracked national gun injury reports during the week of the convention and compared them with injury reports just before and after the annual event.
But where is the evidence?
The company said in a statement that it "has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues", and that the NRA is one of "hundreds of organizations" that pay discounted rates for shipping. Should more companies join the NRA boycott? It's time they lived in fear of their constituents if they don't stand up to the gun lobby. "This study is another example of when data and numbers fly in the face of logic and common sense", said Jennifer Baker, the NRA's director of public affairs, in a statement. Yet injury rates were, on average, 20 percent lower on meeting days.
But "these are all hypotheses that are hard to test", Jena said. "The main implication is that guns carry inherent risk even among individuals who we might consider to be skilled and experienced in the use of firearms".
Other companies discontinuing relationships with the NRA includes Delta and United Airlines, the first and third largest USA -based airline companies by revenue, respectively. In 2015, for example, the US logged almost 85,000 firearm injuries, of which 17,000 were unintentional.
"I'm not surprised by the findings", says Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research who was not involved in the study. An online movement was created using the hashtag #BoyottNRA and customers began threatening to boycott these companies - and many of them have listened. It makes sense, he adds, "those with the greatest exposure to firearms take a break from handling loaded firearms in their homes and in other contexts, and fewer people are shot". "But the drop in gun injuries during these large meetings attended by thousands of well-trained gun owners seems to refute the idea that gun injuries stem exclusively from lack of experience and training in gun use".
Maybe it has to do with the "intensity of gun use" among those who attend NRA conventions, he wrote in an email.
In relative terms, the decline is small - accounting for one fewer injury for every 300,000 Americans. According to the document, the company has struck a deal with dozens of major gun manufacturers and dealers in an effort to woo the industry away from competitors with lower cost shipping. The Hyatt Regency in Dallas will continue to host NRA events, including the group's annual convention in May. QNotes is proud to be a member of The Observer's Charlotte News Alliance. But several study details support this explanation. In fact, the team found the biggest reductions in gun injuries were among men in southern and western parts of the US - the group with the highest rates of gun ownership.
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