posted on Feb, 28 2018 @ 07:51 AM
Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports retailers in the US, will stop selling assault-style weapons and will require gun buyers to be
at least 21 years old, the company's CEO Ed Stack announced Wednesday morning.
"We're staunch supporters of the second amendment, I'm a gun owner myself," Stack said on "Good Morning America." "We don't want to be a part
of this story and we have eliminated these guns permanently."
In November Dick's sold a gun to Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people at a high school in Florida on February 14, though he used a
different gun in the shooting, according to The New York Times.
"Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a gun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017," Dick's said in a letter to customers posted on
its Facebook page. "It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been."
After a week that saw numerous companies sever ties with the NRA in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland we now have a company taking things to the
next level. From now on Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports retailers in the US, will no longer sell assault-style weapons (their
words), nor will they sell any firearm to someone under the age of 21. On top of that they will stop selling high capacity magazines.
They also implored government officials to make similar decisions at a state and national level. They also want universal background checks that are
more thorough, a universal database that catalogs anyone banned from purchasing firearms, and an end to the private sale and gun show loophole.
It should be noted that this is not the first time Dick's has stopped selling "assault-style weapons." In the wake of Sandy Hook they also stopped
carrying the weapons. While the main Dick's chain has maintained this policy, another company owned by them, Field & Stream, did not adhere to it.
With this new announcement both Dick's and Field & Stream will stop selling these guns permanently.
Obviously this isn't going to be a popular move with a large part of Dick's clientele. I'm sure they will see their profits take a hit this year.
Yet at the same time I can understand where they're coming from. This is a national corporation. They tend to be under a much more watchful eye when
it comes to government oversight. As a result they're going to make damn sure that everything is correct when submitting information for a background
check. And even they were able to sell this kid a gun. So clearly there is a breakdown in the system somewhere.
I can also understand the decision from a business perspective. While their profits are certainly going to take a hit from this decision I think it's
probably much smaller than the one they would have taken if Cruz had used a gun he had purchased at Dick's. They realized how close they came to
being the store that sold a mass murderer of children the weapon he used in his rampage. They figure it's only a matter of time before one of these
monsters actually does use a weapon legally purchased at one of their stores and they want to get ahead of that and hopefully prevent it.
So while I'm sure we'll hear talk of boycotts in the coming days I think Dick's may have actually made the smarter move in the long run.