We all knew that politicians like Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle would never stand up to the NRA. As a self-proclaimed “lifetime member” of the NRA and as a politician that’s been endorsed by the NRA, we didn’t expect Cagle to take a stand against the NRA.
However, we also didn’t expect him to threaten Georgia’s largest employer for the NRA. Cagle recently threatened to block a tax deal that could have potentially saved Delta $50 million because Delta decided to end its policy of discounted rates for NRA members.
Despite the threat of lost profits, Delta recently joined quite a few companies that have decided to sever ties with the NRA. Companies are not the only ones that see the NRA as out of touch, the increase of gun violence in the last few years has also caused gun owners and former NRA members to see the NRA’s mission as going to far.
However, politicians are still thinking with their pocketbooks, and are refusing to take a stand to fight gun violence in a meaningful way. After Australia suffered a mass shooting in 1996, the country worked together to create tougher laws on firearms. This cut the gun homicide rate almost in half, according to The Journal of Public Health Policy. Why hasn’t the United States done the same?
Over the past century, we’ve taken steps to regulate and make safer other things that cause high rates of accidents and death, such as swimming pools, ladders, and cars. Why can’t we apply the same life-saving logic to guns?
We have reached a point where companies take a bigger stand than our politicians. We deeply appreciate that Delta and other companies have risked profits from gun enthusiasts to do this, but it’s time our politicians, the people elected specifically to make us safer, do their jobs.