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

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Unfriendly Skies: Delta CEO Claims Bashing NRA Members is Good Business
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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 30320.

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.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Delta WAS my preferred airline. NOT anymore. Delta can go fly a kite.

Anthony Geraci

the email given for delta CEO is not working.


Let’s see how the cookie crumbles seems a polite way of exprssing doubt.

Michael Velsmid

Here is how the cookie crumbles. Georgia Lt Governor Casey Cagle and Georgia republicans voted to cancel Delta’s fuel tax exemption as the reaction of Delta cancelling discounts to NRA members. This will cost Delta $40 Million. That’s a lot of $ for the anti-NRA cabal to make up.
Those in Georgia remember this when you vote for Casey Cagle for Georgia Governor to say thank you.

Timothy A Votaw

BE ADVISED: The email address cited in the article is rejecting incoming mail. I suspect this guy is not willing to face or consider facts, the typical reason for the run and hide behavior of these panic-stricken reactionaries. I wrote an email suggesting some reasoning, fact finding, and honest deliberation. I guess I’ll go post it on my Fakebook page, complete with Bastian’s non-working email address. We gotta kerp these clowns in the light of day, lift up the rugs and drag them into view, challenge the panicky but ignorant attitudes we’re being inundated with. Truth has to prevail, damn… Read more »

Dr. Michael Velsmid

[email protected]

I called. Got executive asst. to CEO. I am all over their case.
I also complained about Delta’s support of New York Theater’s Shakespeare in The Park production where a Trump look-a-like is stabbed to death. Brutus killed Ceasar in the original. They are catering to quiche eating Liberals. Delta’s stock is dropping like a rock along with Kroger, Dick’s and WalMart. REI’s business is down. They will no longer sell “scary” guns or magazines with scary gun pictures. You can’t make this stuff up. Bass Pro is eating their lunch.

Michael Velsmid

Correct emails for Delta CEO
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William Murphy

Delta is toast. I will be relaying their thinking with every post until they disappear…

Harry in Ohio

Just cancelled my 2 upcoming flights this summer to Salt Lake City. Delta… you are not the only game in town. And your liberal customers… they are the type that will jump ship to save $5 on a flight.

Michael Velsmid

I sent emails to Delta senior executives, Atlanta Journal Constitution CC: Ammoland
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The last wave shut down some of these addresses


Dear Mr Bastian As a former. front line employee of 28 yrs, Proud heritage with our military of which 99% percent approve of wholly keeping the 2nd amendment and whose lives they defended, you shame their effort, their patriotism , to this country ,while essentially taking a knee for liberalism and and a mistaken cause, Guns if you will do not wake up load and shoot( it takes sick people who have been forgotten to do that) back to the days of my grandfather never did is weapon discharge itself it took a person. whats CHANGED? NOW A DM for… Read more »


I fly twice a month. Previously flew Delta exclusively and was a rewards member. Canceled all that and fly Southwest now.

Lew Tripp

Delta’s discount prices are a lot higher than Southwest, my airline of choice.


Fast Eddie Bastian’s e-mail got returned to me just now.Perhaps it was reported wrong or Delta has taken the e-mail address down.

Michael velsmid
Michael Velsmid

JetBlue and Spirit are looking better every day that Delta is demonizing the NRA. I don’t understand why they are penalizing me and 5 Million NRA members. What does the NRA have to do with mentally ill shooters or the FBI, Judges and other government officials not enforcing over 2400 existing gun laws?
Dr. Michael Velsmid
Diamond/Gold/ Flying Colonel for over 50 Years
NRA Life Member

Anthony Duke

I am not now and have never been a member of the NRA; however, I am a believer of my 2nd Amendment rights and will
not tolerate Delta Airlines, or others, who attemp to curtail those rights. I have flown Delta for business and pleasure since 1977.
No more.

Terry Swinney

Just sent an e-mail to CEO Bastian telling him i will no longer fly Delta after more than 50 years of flying.
There are other Aiines to use like Southwest that is even less money.


Time for Delta to join TWA, PanAM, National, etc and become another failed entity in the dustbin of history.


No Longer a Delta Customer!!!!!

Terry Swinney

I have flow on Delta for over 60 years and will no longer do so. The no konger have my business that used to be three R/T flight a week.
There are friendlier skies out there. Southwest is a Great Airline.


Flying Southwest now and proud of it!
This “Million Miler” on Delta has moved!