After the Parkland Shooting, many companies were guilted into thinking they were somehow responsible for the attack of a deranged gunman. Dick’s Sporting Goods was one of the companies that buckled to the Gun Control lobby. It appears they have paid millions for their newfound guilt.
“Dick’s Sporting Goods has destroyed $5 million of the chain’s gun inventory, its CEO said.
After finding out that Dick’s had sold the Parkland shooter a shotgun, CEO Edward Stack decided last year the company would no longer sell firearm to anyone under 21. Dick’s announced it would destroy its inventory of weapons, rather than allow them to be sold by another retailer.
“All this about, you know, how we were anti-Second Amendment, you know, ‘we don’t believe in the Constitution,’ and none of that could be further from the truth,” he said in the interview. “We just didn’t want to sell the assault-style weapons that could inflict that kind of damage.”
“I don’t understand how somebody, with everything that’s gone on, could actually sit there and say, ‘I don’t think we need to do a background check on people who buy guns.’ It’s just, it’s ridiculous,” he said.
It’s a pretty controversial stand from a company that’s been in the gun business a long, long time. His father, Richard Stack, started Dick’s Bait and Tackle in Binghamton, New York in 1948. He used a $300 loan from his grandmother’s cookie jar to do it. He was just 18. These days he’d probably hardly recognize the place – it’s grown from that one tiny location into a nationwide chain, with some stores that are big enough to house the Space Shuttle.
As Dick’s grew, it became one of the biggest sellers of firearms. Until, that is, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“All we were going to do was just take it off the shelf and not say anything,” said Stack.
The “it” he’s talking about is the AR-15, a lightweight semi-automatic modern sporting rifle similar to the one used in the Sandy Hook massacre. He ordered all of them be removed from every Dick’s Sporting Goods store across the country.
“We probably get a little bit of a backlash, but we didn’t expect to get what we got,” he said.
“Stack admitted that the policy changes coupled with his decision to scrap his remaining inventory led to an overall loss of a quarter of a billion dollars — but that hasn’t stopped him from considering a permanent ban on all firearm sales in all of his stores. “The whole category is under strategic review,” he said.”
This is foolish on the part of the CEO. You can not blame yourself for how someone uses a tool. Would he have scrapped all the knives if the shooter had decided to go on a stabbing spree instead? Gun Grabbers just want people to feel guilty so they can take away their rights. This poor CEO just doesn’t seem to know any better.