Dick’s Sporting Goods has taken another stand against firearms — read “virtue-signaling” — by no longer selling what it calls “assault-style rifles” from any of its 600 stores including the 35 Field & Stream sister stores nationwide. Following the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012, Dick’s stopped selling AR-style rifles. And now, after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, two weeks ago, the company is restricting sales even further.
In a company announcement on Wednesday, Dick’s announced it would also stop selling any firearms to persons under the age of 21 (18 is the law) and stop selling high-capacity magazines. The company said it never has and never will sell bump stock accessories.
Dick’s said the decision is their way of protecting children:
Another message was posted to Twitter by the company which said they have since learned that Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooter Nikolas Cruz bought a shotgun from one of its stores in November 2017. Though the 19-year-old Cruz used an AR-15 in the massacre, Dick’s said he "could have" used the shotgun purchased at one of their stores.
The message to customers is, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” and though it speaks of “support and respect” for the Second Amendment, Dick's is making changes as a private company which is well within its rights:
Dick’s CEO Edward Stack, a gun owner, told NBC News:
"We don't want to be a part of this story any longer. We were so disturbed and saddened by what happened down there [in Florida] and watching those kids be so brave to walk out of that school and start to organize for gun reform... if they can be that brave then we can be that brave too."
Stack is urging the federal government to adopt similar policy changes as his stores.
“Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again," Stack added. "They may be correct — but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it."
Public response to Dick’s decision is mixed, as expected. Fred Guttenberg, the father of high school shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, told CNN he’s happy with the sporting goods store’s decision and would be going to Dick’s “to buy something” as a show of appreciation. Some on the Left have suggested buying various sports balls from Dick’s and sending them to Republican politicians, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Get it? Leftists dug around in the gutter, as they so often do, and came up with the idea that Rubio needs “balls” like “Dick’s” to do something about guns. So clever.
But aside from many who said “thank you” to the company for making a step, others think they’re making a big mistake:
Then there are those who are pointing out the fact that you can’t stop selling a gun that doesn’t exist. No matter how many times they call it an “assault rifle” it will not make it so: