Published in Vox | March 20, 2018
Americans are losing faith in the government to solve their problems — and turning to corporations instead
By Emily Stewart
The aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, led to some real changes around guns in America — but it was corporations, not Congress, leading the way.
Dick’s Sporting Goods promised to end assault weapons sales. Walmart and Dick’s stopped selling guns to people under the age of 21. Delta, Hertz, and MetLife cut ties with the National Rifle Association. And the public called for more: Pressure mounted on Wall Street firms to divest their holdings in gun stocks. Andrew Ross Sorkin at the New York Times went so far as to suggest in February that banks bar sales of firearms using their products and services, essentially stepping in on guns where the government won’t.