Update: In March 2019, In March, Dick’s announced it was taking all guns out of 125 of its 730 stores and replacing them with sports team merchandise. The Washington Post interviewed Dick’s CEO Edward Stack in May 2019 about his decision to stop selling assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines at the franchise’s stores. “A number of people have said to me that this had to be a really hard decision,” Stack said. “It was not.” Stack also lobbied Democrats and Republicans in the 116th Congress to enact legislation mandating universal background checks on all private gun sales and joined Everytown for Gun Safety’s council of business leaders. “What I promised the families in Parkland when I left is that we would keep this conversation going,” Stack said. “And that’s what I’ve done.”
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 CEO Edward Stack through one of the channels below and give him 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 CEO Edward Stack
Phone: (724) 273-5552
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