The following is from a letter written by Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.:
“Beginning today, DICK’S Sporting Goods is committed to the following:
We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all DICK’S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores.
We will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age. We will no longer sell high capacity magazines. We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.
At the same time, we implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform and pass the following regulations:
— Ban assault-style firearms
— Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
— Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
— Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
— Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
— Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks”
I love this man.
In the wake of the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14th, Mr. Stack determined, as he stated elsewhere in his letter, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough.” He determined it was time for action, and took it. Not only that, he put the onus on “our elected officials” to step up, as well.
Also, props to Wal-Mart for deciding to no longer sell weapons and ammunition to anyone under 21. (They stopped selling AR-15’s and other semiautomatic weapons in 2015)
Now, the cynical among you can question the motivation behind these actions all you want, but the point is, they’re doing something. And I applaud that.
Meanwhile, the United States Congress continues to languish in its impotence. We’ll see how these guys respond to President trump’s challenge to substantially toughen America’s gun laws.
Anybody holding their breath?