The United States of America is home to far more violence involving firearms than anywhere else in the world, by a longshot. With as many mass shootings in schools around the nation having reared their horrific heads over the past few months, it only makes sense that people, including teachers, students, administrators, community members, and everyone else imaginable, have publicly spoken out against the status of firearms in the United States.
After a shooting roughly two months ago in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that took the lives of nearly twenty students, countless big-box businesses cut their ties with the National Rifle Association or NRA.
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the American Federation of Teachers announced that it would no longer to any business with Wells Fargo, one of the largest financial institutions across the United States, due to its unwillingness to relinquish its ties to the National Rifle Association and various groups involved with firearms here in the United States.
The AFT, or American Federation of Teachers, has roughly 1.7 million members, making the action taken by the group significant by any and all means. Wells Fargo currently lends mortgages to about 21,000 members of the AFT, most of which are at slightly better deals than those members would have received, had they shopped elsewhere.
Members of the AFT, from the highest ranks of the organization, all the way down to the problem, supported with the decisions made by the teacher’s union, as Wells Fargo didn’t comply with the official request of the union to cut its ties with various manufacturer of firearms and the NRA.
Leaders of the AFT even tried to meet with Wells Fargo executives in person, though none of those teachers’ efforts bore fruit, effectively showing the AFT that the bank didn’t care.