In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a number of companies have severed their ties with the National Rifle Association. Usually, members of the NRA has access to a range of discounts, including special rates on auto insurance and access to cheaper flights, but the number of companies offering the perk is dwindling quickly.
One of the companies that cut ties with the NRA is Delta Airlines, which has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. On Saturday, according to a report by CNN, Delta decided to end its discount program that was tied to NRA membership, saying in a tweet, “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.”
Casey Cagle, Georgia’s current Lieutenant Governor and a frontrunner in the upcoming election for governor, responded to Delta’s decision.
Cagle stated in a Facebook post, “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with NRA – National Rifle Association of America. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
The post, as of this writing, has garnered over 600 of comments in the first hour of going live. Many of the Facebook users discussed how Delta is “one of the biggest employers in Atlanta and provides economic benefits to the State of Georgia,” questioning why such a decision would be made.
Others questioned whether dictating how a corporation spends their money in these situations was appropriate, some attributing Cagle’s statement with “blackmail” and “extortion.”
Self-declared supporters of the NRA even called the statement into question. One user wrote, “I am in favor of the NRA, that being said I believe you are out of order for this statement. The taxpaying citizen can make up their own mind and refrain from doing business with them but you are wrong.”
One user also pointed out that “tax legislation that benefits Delta probably benefits other companies,”
Whether any such change of tax legislation that Cagle is proposing would ultimately go forward is unknown at this time.