UPDATE: Apparently Dick’s Sporting Goods hasn’t sold AR-style rifles since Sandy Hook. They’re “allegedly” peddling this little talking point for publicity and I suspect feel-good points.
They had been selling them in a smaller chain they owned but not in the main stores. This is not as significant a move as they want people to believe.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 28, 2018
Original article as follows:
Next time someone on Twitter catches a typo I’ve made, I’ll blame my keyboard. Why take responsibility when I can simply malign the tool used in the creation of the error? That’s what Dick’s Sporting Good’s CEO, Ed Stack, has done. He’s making the rounds on media (we have two clips here), sharing how much he cares about taking guns off his sales racks. Why blame the criminal when you can blame the tool?
During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Dick’s CEO, Ed Stack, said he was “disturbed and saddened” by what happened in Parkland, Fla.
“We felt that we really needed to do something and so we’ve decided not to sell these assault weapons any longer in any of our stores,” Stack said.
The Parkland Shooter apparently got his guns from Dick’s Sporting Goods. So I can kind of sort of understand how Dick’s would want to “do something” in a move to save face in liberal media. A leftist gotta leftist in order to save his house from being torched by tolerant protesters. See also Stockton Anti-Gun Violence Protest Becomes Violent.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, as a private business, is free to sell or not sell whatever it likes. We’re not outraged at Stack’s decision, simply bringing it to your attention. Just in case you needed to get a little gun shopping done this weekend. Surely your AR needs a little bling to make itself feel better.
“Based on what’s happened, and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably and to think about the loss and the grief that those kids and those parents had, we said, we need to do something,” he added.
“And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.”
Stack also said there is no chance the store would reverse its decision, adding that it is ready for the backlash.
The problem I have with Mr. Stack is how he’s clearly virtue signaling, pushing for Congress to also “do something” about guns. That’s where he and I have a problem. He’s hoping to score some points with the crazy left, while alienating at least half of America. Not the wisest marketing move, but certainly within his rights as a business owner.
But to use his business move against law-abiding Americans, in an effort to strip from them their Second Amendment rights, is not a classy move. Just because Dick’s is clearing its shelves of the scary black rifles, doesn’t mean he should petition Congress to clear my shelves of my scary black rifles. In an effort to humanize them, I’ve adorned them all with googly eyes. Now they’re even less scary looking. Should count for something.
As I said, Ed Stack is making the rounds. Not just ABC, but CNN.
Sounds like activism to me.
How do you think the market will decide? I know where I won’t be purchasing new workout gear.