Today Dick’s Sporting Goods said they would immediately stop selling assault rifles. Dick’s is one of the nations largest sports retailers. The sale of assault-style rifles is surely one of the franchise’s biggest sellers. This is a very admiral move on Dick’s part. Don’t know if it will be profitable, but it’s a very admirable move.
The New York Times (@NYTimes) reports, the retailer said that it would no longer sell high-capacity magazines either. And that it would not sell any gun to anyone under the age of 21-years old. Regardless of the local laws.
The announcement was made two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members. The move by Dick’s is one of the strongest stances taken by corporate America in the national gun debate. It also carries symbolic weight, coming from a national gun seller. Last week, multiple large companies publicly cut ties with the NRA. More are likely to come in the weeks ahead, as the NRA has publicly handled the issue of gun control in one of the worst ways possible. The NRA has publicly placed blame with everyone but themselves, and they’ve publicly pushed back on any type of gun reform whatsoever. Even raising the legal age to own an assault rifle.
Dick’s Chief Executive, Edward Stack (63), whose father founded the company in 1948, made clear that the new policy was a direct response to the Florida shootings.
“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset. We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.” Mr. Stack said in an interview.
Whoever said the voices of children can’t make an impact, needs to reconsider their position. After the horrible tragedy at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and many more wounded, the survivors of that tragedy, who all happen to be teenagers, pretty much turned into advocates overnight. These students appeared everywhere, basically begging Congress and the President of the United States to do something to protect them from tragedies like this. The message these students preached “guns kill.” That was pretty much the message from the students. They organized walk-outs and rallies across the Country. Their message was even heard by the president himself, who came up with what he thought was a great solution. “Guns aren’t the problem. The problem is that schools don’t have armed teachers and more armed security on the grounds.” In a nutshell, we need to buy more guns, not get rid of them. The president’s message was one that was shared by the NRA (National Rifle Association). The debate came to a head when CNN hosted a Town Hall meeting. Republican Congressman Marco Rubio appeared along with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. Loesch went on the offensive. In condescending fashion, Ms. Loesch argued with kids. She argued that they were basically too young to know what they were talking about. Even though these kids had lived and survived a thing that Ms. Loesch had never come close to. The next day, the NRA doubled down on their aggressive stance that the Parkland shooting was everyone’s fault but theirs. The media, Democrats, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and others were using this tragedy to be against the NRA because liberals want to take away your 2nd amendment rights and your guns. For some reason, the NRA thought that this was a good strategy. They clearly never considered what their arrogant position would do to them business-wise.
In the past 24 hours multiple companies have publicly cut ties with the NRA. This surely had a lot to do with the threat of boycotting the NRA and any company that does business with them.
A few of the companies who have cut ties with the NRA in the past day include:
- Simpli Safe – Home security
- Enterprise – Rent a car
- First National bank Of Omaha
- Symantec – Cyber security
- Best Western – Hotels
- Wyndham – Hotel group
The list is expected to grow as the NRA continues to face this tragedy with an arrogant, blameless attitude about this whole situation. At some point, the NRA will need to realize that they’re going to have to give a little ground on this one. The NRA is used to people forgetting about a tragedy after a few days, then it’s usually business as usual for them. That doesn’t seem to be happening this time. The #boycottNRA movement just seems to be getting started and it looks to be rapidly picking up steam along the way. All done by a bunch of kids who are asking for change and to feel safe going to school. Children can make an impact. The voice of young people are just as loud or even louder than the voices of an older generation. Businesses may want to take note of that the next time they decided to approach a tragedy with an arrogant attitude.
Since the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida that killed 17 people, many have suggested that guns weren’t the problem at all. They said we needed more guns to combat gun violence. As a matter of fact, some have even suggested arming teachers to confront a deranged shooter with a high caliber weapon. The argument is that, if the shooter fears that teachers and other personnel were armed, that would discourage them from going on a rampage at that location, even better, the armed personnel and teachers could quickly neutralize the threat. Something like that may work. But the people who came up with this brilliant idea forgot one important thing. HUMAN NATURE. Tough talk, carrying a gun, and even having the willingness to fire that gun is all good until you hear the sound of bullets flying from a high-powered assault weapon. High-powered assault weapons that shoot dozens of rounds per minute. The kind of shooting that will make a person take cover and beg for the gunfire to end. Faced with a threat of that nature, all of that tough talk goes out the window sometimes. If we’re being completely honest….everybody says that they would run into a burning building to save someone. But how many people have actually been in that situation and done exactly what they’d always preached? You never really know what you will do, until you are put in a situation. And the moment you are, you may not like what you find out about yourself. Like the “armed and trained” resource officer who was on duty the afternoon a 19-year old maniac came running into a school firing off rounds from a high-powered assault rifle, as he gunned down student after student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last week.
The New York Daily News (NYdailynews), reports, the school resource officer on duty when a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school found a safe spot outside the building and did absolutely nothing, officials said Thursday.
Scot Peterson resigned after video surfaced of him outside the school on Feb. 14 when Nikolas Cruz was inside the building letting off multiple rounds from an AR-15, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Israel said Peterson remained outside of the building for about four of the six minutes Cruz was inside killing students with an assault rifle. When asked what Peterson should’ve done, Israel bluntly said
“Went in. Addressed the killer. Kill the killer.”
How many times do stories like these need to be reported before we finally get it? How many dozens of lives must be senselessly lost in one tragic event before we finally get it? How many times are our lawmakers going to give their “prayers and condolences” and continue to do nothing afterward before we finally get it? Guns are made for killing. Stupid people with guns will surely kill. Stupid people with automatic weapons that shoot multiple shots in a matter of seconds, will continue to kill people in droves. Why do we continue to allow people to possess automatic weapons that shoot multiple rounds in a matter of seconds? The simple answer. MONEY. More specifically, blood money. Every Congressman who has taken “donations” from the NRA has blood on their hands and their conscious as they stand up and offer their “thoughts and prayers” after every one of these senseless tragedies. Still, having blood on their hands and their conscious is not enough to get them to enact a common sense law outlawing automatic weapons or even get them to speak out against automatic weapons. Getting some more of that blood money from the NRA is more important than doing something that will certainly prevent this from happening again. And they’re obviously okay with that.
CNN (@cnn) reports, that Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly gunned down students and staff with an AR-15 assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida shortly before 3pm after activating a fire alarm, sending people outside, totally unaware of what was waiting for them when they got outside. Cruz reportedly fired shot after shot outside, and then followed others who ran back inside of the building, where people who had heard the shots were taking cover. There, he roamed the halls he know so well as a former student, allegedly targeting those huddled in classrooms, and then blending in with the students and staff evacuating the school. Cruz was arrested in the neighboring community of Coral Springs later on in the day, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said.
In 2017 the FBI received information about a comment on a YouTube channel that read: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” The FBI did a database review when they received the information, but could not identify the person who had made the comment. That person was Nikolas Cruz.