Anti-Gun Violence Activists Are Praising Dick’s Sporting Goods For Stopping Gun Sales in 125 Stores

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The sports retail giant Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Tuesday they would take yet another step in the fight against gun violence and pulled all guns from 125 of their stores nationwide.

“I couldn’t be more impressed with this company,” Mom’s Demand Action founder Shannon Watts tweeted Wednesday.

“[Dick’s Sporting Goods] is doing what this administration hasn’t: Taken action to address gun violence. Please thank them online and offline.”

The sports retail giant banned all “assault-style rifles” just two weeks after the shooting in Parkland, Florida last year that left 17 dead.

As CNN reported this week, CEO Edward Stack’s decision came as a surprise. He’s a hunter, a gun owner, and a second amendment supporter.

But the Parkland shooting deeply affected him, especially after it was revealed the Parkland shooter bought a gun from a Dick’s store. It wasn’t the gun that was ultimately used in the shooting, but still, the CEO privately met with the families of the victims and hired two anti-gun violence lobbyists.

“You know everybody talks about thoughts and prayers going out to them. That’s great. That doesn’t really do anything,” he said at the time. “We felt we needed to take a stand and do this.”

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jamie in the shooting and has since become an advocate, praised the company twice this week, even before the news of the gun sale halt.

“I have spoken often of my appreciation for [Dick’s] Sporting Goods and the stand that they took following Parkland and the murder of my daughter and 16 others,” Guttenberg wrote on Twitter Monday. “Thank you to this amazing company for its responsible leadership.”

Ryan Deitsch, a Parkland shooting survivor and March For Our Lives advocate, also thanked the sports retail store.

“You responded to tragedy with action & carried out your word,” he tweeted Tuesday. “May other businesses soon follow the path you’ve forged towards compassionate capitalism.”

Anti-gun violence groups Newtown Action, Everytown, Mom’s Demand Action, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence all also thanked Dick’s this week, but some on Twitter were not as happy to hear the news.

According to the New York Times, Stack said the decision to pull all guns and hunting equipment from the 125 stores was to make stores more “productive.” Dick’s already made the move with ten stores earlier this year, and saw an overall rise in sales.

There are 729 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores nationwide, meaning guns and hunting gear will still be available in most locations. But Stack hinted that a full-company gun sale pull-out can be in Dick’s future.

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I would be interested to know how NOT selling guns will “prevent gun violence”. IF – repeat – IF Dick’s is a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer (FFL), they would/should be selling firearms to ONLY eligible buyers who are required by Law to undergo an NICS background check which would automatically… Read more »

James
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Dick’s has actually shot itself in the foot by removing guns from stores. Sales have taken a steep nose-dive and will continue until they are no longer in business. Those who are supporters of gun rights and the Second Amendment – unlike the CEO of Dick’s who does not –… Read more »

Rocky Drummond
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Re: removing guns and hunting equipment:

“Dick’s already made the move with ten stores earlier this year, and saw an overall rise in sales.” Lizzy Helmer

Looks like a profitable move, to me.

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Screwtape

No wonder you’re a socialist, failed (alleged) small business owner.

Dick’s stock continues to plummet. Eliminating electronics and evil firearms created a per store drop,

Are you AOC? You’re literally making shit up.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

I can read a stock chart.
It’s still above the 2017 low.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

Oh, I see. Someone doesn’t know how to read a stock chart. I apologize.

banstan
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banstan

You should apologize. 2017 stock charts mean NOTHING today. Repeat, NOTHING.

banstan
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banstan

But someone sure knows how to take numbers that mean nothing and spin them in a way that means nothing and says someone ELSE doen’t know how to read a stock chart.

banstan
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banstan

A much more IMPORTANT number is that dick’s is DOWN 11% from their year high.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

😀

banstan
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banstan

A very well thought out adult response. Is that the apology face?

Rocky Drummond
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No, it was a thank you for admitting that you can’t do technical analysis.

banstan
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You are the one saying a 2017 stock chart matters in 2019, not me.YOU are the one saying someone who has been in the stock market for 25 years and has a portfolio that makes money even in down times CAN’T do technical analysis,not me. You are the one that… Read more »

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

Don’t worry. I have been doing T/A since the ’90s. I even marketed custom data importers for exchanges around the world for people who needed them.

banstan
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banstan

So you say. Your comments prove otherwise.

banstan
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banstan

“MARKETING” custom data importers is NOT doing T/A. The word “marketing” implies salesman. From your comments here, I’ll bet that you actually are a really are a good “salesman”.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

I wouldn’t have been interested in do that for others if I wasn’t doing T/A myself. I filled a commercial hole and profited from it.

And I also was a good salesman. Even in the digital world, some are still needed.

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