- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Anti-gun activists and opponents of the National Rifle Association have launched a social media campaign pressuring Amazon to stop streaming NRATV in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, mass school shooting.

NRATV, an free online video channel with three dozen original series, is available through several providers such as Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. While it’s not entirely clear why activists are singling out Amazon, The Observer notes that it may be due to its vast reach: “The site was responsible for 44 percent of U.S. online retail market, and almost 36 million people own a Fire TV stick,” The Observer reported.

The hashtag “#StopNRAmazon” was a trending topic on Twitter Thursday afternoon, with users calling on founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to pull NRATV from his site.

The backlash follows an article about NRATV by The New York Times on Wednesday, titled, “Where the N.R.A. Speaks First and Loudest.” It also comes after NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch faced a hostile reception during a CNN town hall Wednesday night with survivors of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam declined to discuss the size of NRATV’s online audience or its programming with The New York Times.

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