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Georgia GOP could punish Delta for ending NRA discounts

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/27/18, 11:11 am

Angered by Delta Air Lines’ cancellation of a discount for National Rifle Association (NRA) members, Republicans in Georgia threatened to shutter a $50 million proposed tax benefit on jet fuel Monday. Delta, headquartered in Atlanta, had agreed to offer NRA members discounted flights to the organization’s annual meeting in Dallas in May. The amount of the discount was reported to range from 2 to 10 percent. Delta announced it was canceling the offer after gun control advocates, pushing even harder for new restrictions after the deadly school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla., threatened to boycott businesses that gave perks to NRA members. A bill under consideration in the Georgia legislature would exempt jet fuel from sales tax, putting about $50 million back in Delta’s pockets. “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the state Senate, tweeted Monday. “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.” Democrats accused Republicans, who initially championed the tax break as a way to stimulate the economy, of self-destructive behavior in seeking revenge. “Casey Cagle would sacrifice thousands of jobs, endanger our state’s economy, and stick a finger in the eye of a huge employer in our state just to satisfy his buddies at the NRA,” said Priyanka Mantha, spokeswoman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. But state Sen. Michael Williams, a GOP candidate for governor, said the Republican base in the state demanded the action. “When Delta came out and pretty much dumped on all the NRA members, it invigorated a lot of our base,” Williams said. “We’re going to fight.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/27/2018 01:06 pm

    I'm a proud Life Member of the NRA.  If someone does not want to do business with me because of that, fine.  That is their right in a free society. 

    I just wish they would extend the same freedom of conscience to others, such as Christian bakers and florists who believe it would be wrong to have a part in a gay wedding, or those who think raising their own child according to their (the parents') religious beliefs is their duty to God. 

    By the way, I have long had an NRA credit card that has recently been dis-avowed by First National Bank of Omaha.  It is on its way back to them, with a short note asking them to give back the interest and fees they've collected from me over the years, as I don't want it on their conscience that they made money off of gun purchases!  Heheh.

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Tue, 02/27/2018 02:19 pm

    Several decades ago I briefly hooked up with the NRA since it then was promoting hunting. But as I and many others now see it, the NRA promotes a gun fetish based upon fear and power.  The NRA fights even modest gun laws.  I am told the NRA is closely allied with gun industry profits.  The recent spate of school shootings is no doubt fueling an increase in gun and ammunition sales right now. Much of that is based upon a stoked fear that gun ownership will be restricted, so get 'em while you can.

    A question always to ask is, "what would Jesus do?"


  • Leeper
    Posted: Wed, 02/28/2018 11:38 am

    I am a proud supporter of the NRA. They are a defender or the 2nd amendment. Gun are used for things other than just hunting. Marksmanship completion is very popular and use for self defense is a big factor. The goal of the anti gun crowd is banning all guns. Law abiding citizens obey the law. Criminals do will not obay laws no matter what restrictions are passed. I think Jesus woul be just fine with lawful use of guns. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/28/2018 01:48 pm

    Would Jesus own an AR15?  Probably not. 

    He probably wouldn’t own a big SUV or a McMansion (here on earth that is) or thousand dollar suits or flashy diamond rings. If He had a daughter, He probably wouldn’t allow her to dress the way some of our daughters dress. I bet He wouldn’t watch trashy sitcoms or reality shows. I bet if you invited him to play a round of golf with you, He would show up with a set of borrowed clubs. (And score 18 on 18 holes!) He would thankfully eat whatever you set before Him, and wouldn’t ask if it was raised in an environmentally sustainable way. He might chide you for the way you treat your husband or wife, but I doubt He would say much about your tattoos or piercings. 

    I don’t think the question “Would Jesus own an AR15?” is very relevant. 

  • BostonSteve
    Posted: Thu, 03/01/2018 12:50 am

    Bearing in mind I think it's stupid for Delta to drop the NRA...
    This almost sounds liie a satire article.  It should be titled "Party that is against government intrusion in business intruded on a business decision."  Why can't the GOP be consistant in it's principles?  We shouldn't be penalizing bakers for refusing to make wedding cakes, and we shouldn't be penalizing an airline because it refuses to give discounts.

  • Acorn50's picture
    Posted: Fri, 03/02/2018 09:08 am


    1.  He would say that “You shall not murder”. But those who oppose guns have demanded that commandment be removed from the public schools. 

    2. Jesus said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.”
    Luke 22:36 

    3. We should “ stop teaching our kids to kill.” by David Grossman.  He’s the foremost expert on school shootings. His research points to the constant barrage of violent TV, movies, videos, and first person shooting games.   First we take away the moral structure to restrain evil in society. Then we bombard our children and adults with all kinds of violent media. What do you suppose the result will be? 

    4. I grew up hunting with friends. We never shot each other. In Missouri, during hunting season,  among thousands of hunters, there may be one accident. But that would not be an intentional killing.  We all had assault rifles in the army, but nobody  used their rifles to murder someone else.

    5. A half truth is a lie. Hunting was only part of the NRA’s goals. The most important was the support of the Second Amendment  and that was to protect us from our government, which In this case needs to be protected from.

    6.  Statistics from major public universities, has proven that conceal and carry, and people’s right to defend themselves, has reduced violent crimes by significant amounts. 

    7. In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas.   Unborn children are gruesomely pulled apart limb by limb. Now compare that to the number of school shootings.  The US Constitution specifically permits the right to carry firearms. It does not say anything about the right to  murder an infant in its mothers womb. 

     When the Lefties quit “wink wink“-ing at at the massive murders they promote, then you will have my attention about gun control. 

    P.S. The media’s use of “assault rifle”  is nothing but a prevarication of that word.