The surviving students of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are having a powerful impact on our national conversation about guns and forcing corporations to reconsider their relationship with the NRA and the gun industry.
Yesterday morning, Dick’s Sporting Goods became the latest company to take action to remedy past mistakes, announcing its stores would no longer sell assault weapons like the AR-15 and high capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Dick’s will also now require all firearm purchasers to be 21 years of age, whether they are buying handguns or long guns.
Speaking on CNN, Dick’s CEO Edward Stack told Chris Cuomo, “If these kids are brave enough to organize and do what they are doing, then we should be brave enough to make this stand, and that’s what we have done.” Noting that Dick’s had sold the Parkland shooter a shotgun, Stack declared, “We don’t want to be part of this story any longer.” Unlike past decisions by Dick’s to limit sales of assault weapons, Stack indicated this time the decision is permanent.
Dick’s is even calling on federal, state and local legislators to enact a whole host of gun reforms, including an assault weapons ban!
Dick’s has taken this decision knowing that it is going to result in blowback from some of the extreme gun owners that are part of its customer base. We need to make it clear to them that they made the right decision and we will have their backs.
Please contact Dick’s through one of the channels below and give them the following message (personalized to your liking):
Thank you so much for your decision stop selling assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. I am also delighted that you are now raising your purchasing age to 21 for customers buying handguns or long guns and calling for our elected officials to enact a whole host of life-saving gun reforms, including an assault weapons ban. I know that extremists in the pro-gun movement are going to give you a hard time for his, but I can assure you that I will now be your customer for life. Anytime I have any sporting goods needs, I am going to think about the moral actions you took after the Parkland shooting and make my way to Dick’s. In the long-term, you are going to find that these decisions were not only good for your heart and soul, but also for your bottom line.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Phone: (724) 273-5552
Once you have contacted Dick’s, click the orange banner above to report your action!
Thank you for standing with a business that has had a change of heart and is ready to do the right thing. Every time a major corporation like Dick’s takes this step, our efforts to save lives being lost to gun violence gain traction.