Delta Airlines joined several other companies caving into political pressure by the anti-gun mob and it almost immediately came back to shoot them in the behind.
The company announced they were cutting ties with a discount program offered to members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a knee-jerk response to an organized boycott by major liberal groups who have stepped on the bodies of fallen high school students to promote their cause.
The airline ended a program that provided discount rates on flights to the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas in May.
Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
The NRA lashed out at the boycotts but vowed to continue their mission to defend law-abiding Americans and their constitutionally-protected Second Amendment rights.
“Let it be absolutely clear,” the NRA said in a statement. “The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.”
The effects of these boycotts – essentially amounting to revoking your savings card at the local grocery store – are negligible, and perhaps worse for the companies, are backfiring.
It’s galvanizing NRA members who understand that the boycott is an affront to their rights.
I just took a personal stand for my freedom by joining NRA! You should too! https://t.co/XKipY5RYrU
— Jeremy Frankel (@FrankelJeremy) February 25, 2018
In Delta’s case, it may actually end up costing them a lucrative $40 million tax break on jet fuel.
Rick Jeffares, a former Georgia state senator and current candidate for lieutenant governor, is urging members of the Republican Party to fight back against the tax break.
“If Delta is so flush that they don’t need NRA members hard-earned travel dollars,” Jeffares said, “it can certainly do without the $40 million tax break they are asking Georgia taxpayers for.”
Meanwhile, Cobb GOP chair Jason Shepherd questioned why lawmakers are considering a tax break if “Delta does not respect the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
I didn’t join the @NRA to get a discount on an airplane ticket.
I joined the NRA to defend my gun rights.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 25, 2018
It’s important to note that two of the left-wing extremist groups organizing these company boycotts – Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety – actually use false statistics to bloviate on the dangers of guns in America.
Everytown, for example, inflates gun death stats by lowering the government definition of ‘mass shooting,’ and uses suicides and automobile deaths in which a gun is in the car to sensationalize their reports.
Not only is Delta responding to pressure from a group that is dishonest, they’re marginalizing their own customers and threatening their own tax benefits.
Seems like a good business model.
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