Dick’s Sporting Good continues to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to their stance against helping Americans defend themselves with firearms by destroying five million dollars worth of semi-automatic rifles instead of selling them.
The company already sacrificed $250 million when they decided not to sell to people under 21, and now their CEO, Ed Stack, believes they will lose a quarter of a billion dollars with this decision to eradicate their inventory of weapons.
Fox Business reported on the move by the sporting goods store.
Later, when the company discovered it had sold a shotgun to Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of shooting 17 people to death at a south Florida high school in early 2018, Stack stopped selling firearms to anyone under age 21.
“We found out that we sold this kid a shotgun,” Stack said in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning. “That’s when I said, ‘We’re done.'”
“Even though that wasn’t the gun he used?” asked CBS correspondent Lee Cowan.
The shooting added fuel to an already fierce debate over firearms laws in the U.S., with survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School joining gun-control advocates to urge stricter regulation. A number of merchants set more rigorous rules on firearm sales, and others pulled away from deals with the National Rifle Association, which argued that restricting gun purchases wouldn’t make Americans safer.
Elaborating on why he eliminated the weapons that he elected not to sell, Stack added: “I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them’.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods has the freedom to sell whatever items they choose, and similarly, American citizens have the freedom to become shareholders and customers of the companies they support. Dick’s offers a variety of items, but every business has a limit to what they can sacrifice in the name of social justice before they are forced to downsize.
Will this impact you shopping at Dick’s Sporting Goods?