• Unfriendly Skies: Delta CEO Claims Bashing NRA Members is Good Business

    From Support The NRA@21:1/5 to All on Sat May 26 05:26:50 2018
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    In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, murders, there has been an
    unusual amount of anti-gun and anti-NRA commentary by private
    corporations with plenty of problems of their own.

    In February, Delta announced it was ending a discount program
    for passengers who used the airline to travel to the NRA’s 2018
    Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The move had nothing to do with
    any problems Delta itself experienced with the NRA or its
    members, but supposedly came in response to what the airline
    called “the current national debate over gun control amid recent
    school shootings.” Bizarrely, Delta characterized its decision
    to link innocent NRA members with school shootings and to punish
    them by reneging on a contract as a reflection of its “neutral
    status” and an attempt to “refrain from entering this debate.”

    You can make your views known to Delta CEO Ed Bastian by
    emailing him at ed.bastian@delta.com, or calling Delta’s
    corporate headquarters at (404) 715-2600.

    The Washington Post, however, characterized Delta’s move
    differently, situating it squarely within the #BoycottNRA
    movement. The airline, in other words, had merely jumped on a
    self-glorifying corporate bandwagon that has done nothing to
    harm the NRA but has done much to remind gun-owning Americans
    just what is at stake in the gun control debate.

    Ironically, Delta’s move hurt its own shareholders far worse
    than it did NRA members. While only 13 NRA members took
    advantage of the now revoked Delta Discount, the airline’s
    attempt to implicate the NRA in school shootings led the Georgia
    legislature to eliminate tax breaks that were expected to be
    worth some $50 million to the Atlanta-based company.

    Delta CEO Ed Bastian, however, remained defiant. “Our decision
    was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale,”
    he said in a statement on the legislative reversal, as if
    Delta’s “values” and his job first and foremost involve pursuing
    a political agenda against gun owners and NRA members.

    Bastian then went on to brag during a television appearance on
    CNBC that his company “gained a lot of fans” for its
    discriminatory treatment of NRA members and for not “selling out
    to political interests.”

    We have some news for Mr. Bastian: Our Second Amendment rights
    aren’t up for negotiation, either. As the NRA has already made
    abundantly clear: “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.”

    Freedom-loving Americans, meanwhile, have responded to these
    elitists attacks the way they always have, by renewing their
    support for the NRA, the most uncompromising champion of
    America’s constitutional freedoms.

    It’s clear from recent customer reviews of Delta that the
    airline’s time and efforts would be more profitably spent on
    addressing its own operational issues, rather trying to deflect
    attention to NRA members.

    If you agree, feel free to contact Delta CEO Ed Bastian and tell
    him all about it. Mr. Bastian’s email is
    edward.bastian@delta.com. You can also ask to speak to him by
    calling Delta’s corporate headquarters at (404) 715-2600. Should
    you prefer to write a letter to Mr. Bastian, Delta’s corporate
    address is Delta Air Lines Inc., P.O. Box 20706, Atlanta, GA

    Other options for making your views known are available in this
    USA Today article aimed at helping aggrieved Delta passengers
    get redress from Mr. Bastian, who apparently tends to hide
    behind legions of staffers to avoid direct contact with his
    company’s customers.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delta/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/delta

    https://www.nraila.org/articles/20180413/unfriendly-skies-delta- ceo-claims-bashing-nra-members-is-good-business

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