Delta, entrepreneurship among the companies breaking the ties with the NRA
Hertz, United Airlines and MetLife are some of the many companies cutting ties with the NRA; talk radio host Tony Katz responds.
Both Delta and United airlines issued very similar statements to the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Park shooting: no discount for members.
On Saturday morning, Delta confirmed on Twitter that he had contacted the NRA “to let them know, we will be the end of their contract” for such a discount to members attending the association’s annual meetings.
Delta is the reach of the NRA to let them know, we will be the end of their contract for a discount through our group travel program. We ask the NRA to remove our information from their website.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
The airline also said it invited the NRA to remove the information of the organization from the official website.
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Later that afternoon, Delta issued a longer, more comprehensive statement on his official website.
“Delta’s decision gives the airline the neutral status in the current debate about gun control in the midst of the recent shootings at schools,” reads a message posted on the Delta News Hub. “Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on the business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.”
In aviation, the declaration of Delta added that it once attracted a sponsorship of the theatre company that staged a rendition of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” portrayed Caesar as a Donald Trump-like figure.
“Delta supports all of its customers, but will not have the support of organizations on one of the sides of an emotionally charged political issue that divides our nation,” wrote the airline.
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United is the notification to the national regulator that we will no longer offer a discount on their annual meeting and we will ask the NRA to remove our information from their website.
— United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018
United Airlines quickly placed a similar tweet informing followers of his decision to cut ties with the NRA.
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines — two of the nation’s other largest carriers had not previously offered a reduced rate for the NRA annual meeting.
“To clarify, American not with a group travel program with the national regulatory authority, nor appear on their website,” the carrier confirmed in a statement obtained by Forbes.
A Southwest employee also confirmed that the airline had no connection with the national regulatory authority on a Southwest community message board.
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Let it be very clear. The loss of a discount is not afraid, nor distract one NRI member of our mission to stand up and defend the individual liberties that have always made America the greatest nation in the world. #StandandFight #NRA #2A https://t.co/4kzNq9GDLq
— NRA (@NRA) February 25, 2018
The NRA has now fired back at the growing list of brands that the termination of their relationship with the organization, calling it a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice” in a statement posted to the organization’s official site.
“The law of the members of the NRA had nothing to do with the failure of that school is the safety of the preparedness, the failure of the american mental health care, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both the federal and the local police,” the statement reads.
“In time, these marks will be replaced by others who recognize that the patriotism, and committed to Constitutional freedoms are the characteristics of a market they very much want to serve.”