“Dick’s investor threatens NRA boycott over gun-sales restrictions,” a June 13 Washington Examiner Business report notes. “The top executive at Dick’s Sporting Goods is facing renewed pressure from a conservative shareholder to reverse a policy raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21.”
“David Almasi, a vice president at the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, confronted Dick’s Chief Executive Officer Ed Stack at Dick’s annual investor meeting,” the report explains. Citing the loss of sales and the costs of “alienating” gun owners, “Almasi said groups like the National Rifle Association could soon boycott the retailer.”
That’s because CEO Ed Stack’s decision to out-Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg did more than disenfranchise Americans old enough to serve in the military and to vote. It also went beyond discontinuing the sale of what citizen disarmament apparatchiks strategically smear as “assault-style weapons.”
Stack has actively become a “leader” for the citizen disarmament zealots, despite his preposterous claim that “We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment.” He didn’t hire three “gun control” lobbyists simply to help with internal business decisions.
Dick’s is going after guns in a big way, something it admitted in its February media statement, but which stories that emphasize new company policies have been downplaying. Among the new infringements Stack & Co. are pushing for, not just for Dick’s stores but for everyone in Everytown:
- Ban assault-style firearms
- Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms or ammunition to 21
- Ban high-capacity (standard) 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
For his part, Stack dismissed Almasi’s concerns and defiantly pledged to stay the course. In any case, as far as gun owners who understand the significance of the right to keep and bear arms are concerned, even if Dick’s did a 180, it would be too little too late.
As for NRA, just informing its members is probably a more effective strategy than outright calling for a boycott, which could backfire since most of Dick’s sales are in sporting goods other than firearms. Dick’s first quarter 2018 earnings reflect that reality, and Dick’s stock prices have yet to show Stack’s decision circling the business down the drain.
These things take time. And with the dominance of e-commerce forcing brick and mortar outlets to change their strategies or go extinct, it won’t take many customers doing business elsewhere to affect long-term profitability.
With the information out there, it’s now up to us to do the right thing. Gun owners who still do business with Dick’s—in any way, including for non-gun purchases—are giving aid and comfort to an enemy of the Second Amendment, and one that went out of its way to become so. Also guilty are any companies that still supply Dick’s with guns, ammunition, and accessories—a growing list of which no longer will.
If you have any gun-owning friends who still do business with Dick’s, don’t be afraid to let them know that their patronage is helping finance attacks against your rights. If they persist, you might want to question a friend would do that to you.
Do you still shop at Dick’s? How do you feel about manufacturers in the firearms industry who still sell to Dick’s? Share your answers in the comment section.
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