By: Hannah Banas
Since the school shooting in Florida, there has been a strong movement to change the gun laws in the United States. In the aftermath of this tragedy, companies and their public relations departments have had to make decisions about the businesses’ reactions to it. Major companies such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines, MetLife, and First National Bank of Omaha have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
These companies have decided that it is better for their business to lose the support of the NRA than to have the bad publicity of being associated with the organization. At a time in which people are demanding a shift in gun control laws, public relations departments and companies have to weigh the options of whether an affiliation with the NRA is going to have a positive or negative effect companies.
This is the job of a public relations employee. They have to be the lines of communication between a company and its customers and supporters. They have to listen to what their supporters want and then decide how the company should react. By creating a dialogue between companies and the people they serve, public relations specialists are responsible for the ways their specific companies are associated with the NRA.