Here’s Why I am Cutting Ties with Delta, and You Should Too

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

I have flown Delta airlines many times and I have honestly never had a complaint for them until now.

The Atlanta-based airlines has decided to cut their ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA). This is a deal breaker for me. Yes, they are a private business and have the absolute right to choose who they associate with, but I also reserve the right to decide who gets my business.

Merely two hours after Delta made their announcement, United Airlines also announced the same. They, like Delta, will not see a cent of my money in the future.

As a lifetime member of the NRA, I find it quite interesting that the organization, which stands up for our 2nd amendment rights, is constantly blamed for crimes that NONE of its members committed. Why is that?

Here is the statement released by Delta, explaining their decision: 

“Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know that the airline will be ending its contract for discounted fares for travel to the association’s annual meeting through Delta’s group travel program. The company will request that the NRA remove Delta’s information from its meeting website.”

The statement continued, “Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. 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 its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.”

“This is not the first time Delta has withdrawn support over a politically and emotionally charged issue. Last year, Delta withdrew its sponsorship of a theater that staged a graphic interpretation of “Julius Caesar” depicting the assassination of President Trump. Delta supports all of its customers but will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation,” they concluded.

I do not play politically correct games. There are facts and there are feelings. Only one of those being in politics, and it is not the latter.

WSBTV reports the following businesses that have also cut ties with the NRA:

  • United Airlines — United tweeted Saturday, “United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website.”
  • Delta Air Lines — Delta issued the following statement Saturday: “Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website.”
  • First National Bank of Omaha — The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.
  • The Hertz Corp. — The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.
  • MetLife Inc. — The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website
  • Enterprise Holdings Inc. — The car rental company that also owns Alamo and National cut off discounts for NRA members.
  • Symantec Corp. — The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.
  • Chubb Ltd. — The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.
  • Best Western — The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.
  • Wyndham Hotels — The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.

 

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