On Monday, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) stated that he would block any tax bill that directly benefits Delta Airlines following the company's conclusion of a discount program for National Rifle Association members.

“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back,” Cagle tweeted.

It was reported that Delta is seeking state approval to restore a fuel tax break that had expired several years ago.

The airline is just one of many companies that have severed ties with the NRA in the past two weeks following the Parkland shooting and renewed gun debate.

Petitions have been targeting businesses that give perks and benefits to members of the NRA, ranging from special offers on life insurance to wine clubs. The petitions have gone viral along with the #BoycottNRA movement on Twitter.

Among the companies breaking their ties with the NRA are the First National Bank of Omaha, Enterprise Rent a Car, Allied and North American Van Lines, Hertz Corp., TrueCar, MetLife, Best Western, United Airlines, and many more.

Cagle, who is going to be running for governor this year, has issued a statement accusing these companies of “viewpoint discrimination against conservatives and law-abiding gun owners.”

Other Republicans have also attacked these companies, presenting threats and verbal assaults. Interestingly, this seems to be a contradictory departure from the usual conservative desire for a free market.

The backlash against the NRA coincides with the renewed movement against gun ownership and a push for gun control after the Parkland shooting, which killed 17 students and faculty members.

The AR-15 has been a particularly contentious weapon, as it was featured in five of six of the deadliest shootings in recent American history.

While the public and survivors of the shooting have criticized GOP lawmakers who receive campaign contributions from the NRA and oppose new gun control measures, the conservative politicians continue to argue desperately for relaxed gun control measures.

President Trump held a listening session with some of the survivors from the shooting and announced his ideal measures on gun control, including banning gun accessories like the bump stock which makes guns fully-automatic and raising the gun purchasing age to 21.

He has also stated that he is in favor of arming some school teachers as a preventive measure against school shootings, even offering a bonus for teachers who elect to do so.

 

H/T: The Hill