Murphy, Menendez show how gun debate is business issue

Murphy, Menendez show how gun debate is business issue

By:  Tom Bergeron


When the Georgia legislature responded to Delta Airlines’ announcement that it would no longer offer group discounts to NRA members by passing bills to strip Delta of its tax incentives, most saw it as ideological fight over the Second Amendment.

Gov. Phil Murphy saw it as an economic opportunity.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) offered an impassioned plea to the business leaders in the audience to help on the issue.

Menendez believes the business community has more power than it realizes.

 “We won’t get anywhere if we keep letting the NRA set the agenda,” he said. “I know some of you may not think it’s relevant to you, but believe me, it is.”

Menendez said corporations in New Jersey need to step up.

 “It’s time to call out those who espouse the same old talking points,” he said.

“Tonight, I ask you to think about positions of influence you hold as business leaders at the forefront of our economy, as opinion leaders in our society.

 “Some of you manage tremendous assets in our financial services industry. I know, because I sit on the Senate Finance and Banking Committee. You have the power to choose where to invest. And maybe, just maybe, it’s time to make less investments to the gunmakers.”

Menendez said he was speaking to more than just those who work in the financial sector.

 “The reality is, no matter what sector you work in, you wield enormous influence,” he said. “Think about the power that exists in this room tonight. You are innovators. You’re investors. You’re business owners and industry leaders.

 “When you speak, people listen. And when you act, others follow. It’s not enough to have public opinion with us. It’s not enough to have President (Donald) Trump (with us).

 “We need Corporate America with us. We need you to help the students of Parkland turn ‘once again’ into ‘never again.’”

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