On Valentine’s Day, 2018, a crazed wacko entered Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and began shooting students. Nikolas Cruz, 19 at the time, was dropped off at the school by an Uber driver. He had a duffle bag and backpack and headed to one of the buildings on the campus.
Upon entering the building, Cruz, a former student, pulled out an AR-16 semi-automatic rifle and began shooting students. He managed to leave the school after ditching his duffle bag and backpack and walking out with other students. Behind him in the school building were 17 dead and 17 wounded.
Cruz was soon captured and charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.
In February 2017, then 18-year-old Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle from a gun store in Coral Springs, Florida.
Naturally, anti-American socialist Democrats and the mainstream media went on a national media blitz blaming guns and the gun laws for the shootings. They blamed guns and gun laws more than they blamed Cruz who pulled the trigger.
In response to the socialist outrage, many called for raising the minimum age for legal firearm purchases from 18 to 21. It didn’t matter that this was one of the very few incidents where someone under the age of 21 legally purchased a firearm that was then used in mass shootings. They also called for banning all assault weapons, which the AR-15 is NOT, proving that many of the liberals didn’t even know what they were talking about.
If they checked, they would know that there already is a federal ban on the sale of assault weapons, which are weapons that can rapid fire with only one pull of the trigger. Many also displayed their ignorance by wanted to ban all semi-automatic weapons because they considered them to be assault weapons. Little did they know that many hunting rifles and shotgun are semi-automatic weapons. Furthermore, most of the handguns used for self-defense, especially for legal concealed carry permit holders, are semi-automatic.
Actually, I think they do know this and by categorizing them all as assault weapons and banning them would be another step in disarming the American people, which is their real intent. Think about it, far more Americans are killed by tobacco, alcohol and automobiles than are killed or injured by firearms, so if they really were about safety, their focus is in the wrong area.
Dick’s Sporting Goods allowed the anti-2nd Amendment gun-hating media to influence them and within days of the Parkland shootings, they announced that they would no longer sell any assault-style weapons and removed them from their shelves. Instead of returning them to the manufactures, they publicly destroyed all of the pulled weapons.
Dick’s also announced that they were raising the minimum age for all firearm sales to 21, even though many states still had laws setting the minimum age at 18.
The reaction from many hunters and conservatives was to boycott Dick’s. I am one of those who has joined the boycott of Dick’s. I have made purchases at a local Dick’s store, but have not set one foot inside their door since their anti-2nd Amendment announcement, nor will I ever return as long as they continue their policy.
Consider the fact that a young man or woman can be an active member of our military and tasked with risking his or her life in defense of our country, but if they are under 21, Dick’s will refuse to sell them a firearm, even one to be used in defense of their home and family here in the US. Something is seriously wrong with this scenario.
Since their fateful announcement, Dick’s sales have been dropping off as reported by the Washington Examiner:
“Sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods dropped in the past three months amid backlash against tighter gun-sale restrictions following a mass killing early this year at a Florida high school.”
“Revenue dipped 4.5 percent to $1.86 billion amid challenges in the company’s hunting business during the quarter through Nov. 3. Sales at stores open at least 12 months – a key metric for the retail industry – fell 6.1 percent compared to the prior year…”
“While Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack previously said the firearms policy brought in new customers and sales were reported as flat in August, Dick’s has now warned that “negative reaction” could affect future results.”
Dick’s won’t listen to the letters and voices of conservative and patriotic Americans as they show they only listen to the socialists who intend to strip us of our rights and destroy our country. I urge everyone who values our 2nd Amendment rights to continue to boycott Dick’s and encourage everyone you know to do likewise. If they won’t listen to our words, they’ll have to listen to the absence of our dollars.
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