Last week, Casey Cagle, Georgia’s lieutenant governor, and Delta Airlines played “can you top this” in the dumb department. 

Delta announced they are severing their relationship with the NRA, and Cagle immediately put a halt to a bill giving Delta a $40 million-a-year tax break.

The Atlantic called Cagle’s move “unethical” in an article with this opening line: “Last weekend, Delta Airlines exercised its constitutional right to speak freely on political issues and to choose with whom it associates by announcing that it would no longer offer a special discount to members of the National Rifle Association.”

Where were they when the cake-bakers were castigated, fined and censured for not baking a cake for a gay wedding?

Not to be outdone, it was reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution last Thursday that Delta had only given discounts to 13 NRA members in recent times.

So, apparently bowing to what they perceived as public pressure, Delta has managed, at least temporarily, to lose a $40 million annual tax break. Note to Delta executives: You might want to check with your legal team to see if there is a way to insulate yourselves from a class-action shareholder lawsuit for being so boneheaded about this and costing them so much money.

Living in the greater Atlanta area and being a life member of the NRA, my opportunities to fling myself into this mess are few. So, as I write this, I am doing so from the Delta Sky Club at the Atlanta Airport and wearing the biggest baddest NRA belt buckle I own. Actually, I have several, this one appears the most menacing.

Since I am headed to Texas – and not New York – I don’t think it will be a problem the rest of the week.

All of this was fallout from the horrible school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. Of course, the left wants to blame the NRA, gun owners, the 2nd Amendment and so forth, a narrative that is completely false.

I do have a set of conditions for discussing the school shooting, a set of conditions that my oldest daughter respects and thus does not discuss this matter with me. My conditions are simple: You want to discuss school shootings with me, you have to renounce voting, in the future, for anyone who is pro-abortion. It is completely hypocritical to discuss school shootings and be pro-abortion.

She will continue to vote for pro-abortion candidates.

For what is a high school student? A high school student is someone a bit over 5,000 days from conception. What is a fetus? A person somewhere under 270 days from conception. Is there a difference between the two? I don’t think so.

Now, my youngest daughter meets my conditions, and we had a conversation over the weekend.

She also happens to be a school psychologist in a high school, so she sees the problems first-hand and believe me, what she tells me is going on is truly frightening.

She is on the point in the high school situation, and I fear for her life. I told her I am favoring raising the age to buy civilian guns (recognizing teenagers in the military handle and shoot weapons, so this is a bit of a conundrum for me) and I am in favor of a waiting period for gun purchases.

I am also in favor of outlawing so called “bump stocks” and note that machine guns have been outlawed since the 1930s. And I think trained teachers should be armed.

The striking issue in the Florida situation is that there were plenty of laws in place already. None of them failed to stop this carnage. It also appears one or more sheriff’s deputies failed to do their duty, too.

So, let’s not blame the NRA, OK? And if you are still pro-abortion, I am not interested in your view on school shootings. Obviously, we are not on the same page.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.