Major companies in the U.S. are making themselves clear in the debate of gun control. Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Doulglas High School in Parkland, FL, airlines including United and Delta have tweeted to indicate they will no longer offer discounted rates to members of the National Rifle Association (NRA.)
Ten days after the shooting which occurred on Feb 14, Delta tweeted:
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.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
Meanwhile, United Airlines also sent out a tweet as follows:
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.
— United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018
Despite applause from many who stand behind the airlines’ decision, American conservatives, including former presidential nominee Sarah Palin, are publicly denouncing both Delta and United’s choice as “”punishing law-abiding citizens.” In a tweet, the former governor of Alaska wrote:
Will be interesting to see how this plays out…punishing law-abiding members. https://t.co/wr2up3AukQ
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) February 25, 2018
As advocates of gun rights, the NRA also tweeted to show the non-profit organization remains steady in its controversial stance:
Let it be absolutely 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. #StandandFight #NRA #2A https://t.co/4kzNq9GDLq
— NRA (@NRA) February 25, 2018
In addition to Delta and United, other travel industry’s major companies also cut ties with the NRA. Car rental companies including: Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National, will no longer be offering discounted programs to members of the group.
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