McG reviewed the list of companies who bought the silence of the mob by cutting their tenuous financial ties to the National Rifle Association, and found it mostly, but not entirely, meh:
Other companies on the list include a discount pharmaceutics chain that I’ve never heard of, a home security company whose decision on this matter would leave me feeling insecure about their services, a “hearing technologies” business that seems not to have considered that gun enthusiasts ought to be a prime market for what they’re selling, a car buying service that, not being Carmax, has no relevance to me … and Symantec.
Whenever I encounter a Symantec product on a computer, I tear it out by the roots. If it were malware in its own right, I cannot conceive of how it would affect a computer differently. This is one case of a parting of ways with the NRA that I can only applaud.
Symantec, at least during the early 1990s — the company dates to 1982 — was perhaps best known for its acquisition of the Norton Utilities; it wasn’t long afterward that we learned they’d replaced Peter Norton with Ed.
I note for my own records that many of the affiliate discounts no longer available through NRA can be had through the American Automobile Association, and at least one also through the American Association for Nude Recreation.