Delta says it is ending NRA discount to avoid “highly charged political issue”


Delta Air Lines has faced some backlash after announcing Saturday it would end a discount for National Rifle Association members, but the company said this is not the first time it has “withdrawn support over a politically and emotionally charged issue.”

Atlanta-based Delta pointed to its decision last year to withdraw sponsorship of a theater over the portrayal of a Trump-like Julius Caesar.

The company issued a statement saying: “Delta supports all of its customers but will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation.” The airline said it “continues to support the 2nd Amendment” and made the move “to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business.”

>> On myAJC: Delta severs ties with NRA, risking lucrative state tax break


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Top News

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Sports take over Atlanta on dry, hot weekend
SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Sports take over Atlanta on dry, hot weekend

Saturday: High: 90 Saturday night: Low: 70 Sunday: High: 86 How do you know we’re entering fall? Here’s a hint: It definitely isn’t the temperature dropping. College football returns and sports should dominate Saturday around metro Atlanta as the Braves, Atlanta United, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State all have home games...
Clayton corrections officer allegedly hit handcuffed inmate; now he’s in jail
Clayton corrections officer allegedly hit handcuffed inmate; now he’s in jail

A Clayton County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer was fired and arrested after allegedly striking a handcuffed inmate, authorities said Friday. Rufus Lee Webb Jr. faces charges of battery and violation of oath by a public officer, according to Clayton County Jail records. RELATED: A news release by the sheriff’s office said: &ldquo...
Fulton, Atlanta likely will be forced to return funds for job training
Fulton, Atlanta likely will be forced to return funds for job training

Fulton County will lose $211,000 in federal grant money that was meant to provide job training for residents because it didn’t adhere to a deadline for spending the funds. The failure to fully utilize workforce development grants has been an intractable problem in the county. Since 2015, officials have left $746,574 on the table that had been...
North Georgia woman charged with statutory rape, child molestation
North Georgia woman charged with statutory rape, child molestation

A Lumpkin County woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage boy, authorities said. Erica Christine McDaniel, 32, is charged with two counts of child molestation and two counts of statutory rape, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Investigators said there were multiple incidents...
Darlington received nearly 40 code violations in 5 years, records show
Darlington received nearly 40 code violations in 5 years, records show

When a code complaint regarding no hot water in a fourth floor unit was filed with Atlanta police on Thursday, it became the 24th complaint about The Darlington Apartments since April 2017.  Residents of the Darlington, one of the few apartment buildings in the area affordable for low-income residents, were notified in mid-August that they...
More Stories