Dick’s Sporting Goods Enacts Corporate Gun Control: ‘Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough’

DICK's Sporting Goods announced their decision to stop selling all “assault-style” weapons in their stores and banning sales to anyone under 21.
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Dick’s Sporting Goods announced their decision to stop selling all “assault-style” weapons in their stores and banning sales to anyone under 21.

The corporate statement was sent in response to the teen-aged gun control activists after the Parkland high school shooting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough,” the statement read.

The popular sporting goods retailer said they will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age, and will no longer sell “assault-style” weapons in their stores and their Field & Stream stores. They also banned the sales of “high capacity magazines.”

They admitted in their statement to selling a shotgun to the Flordia shooter in Parkland.

“It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting,” the statement read. “But it could have been.”

The corporate statement also urged elected officials to follow their lead for “common sense gun reform” arguing that if “even one life is saved, it will have been worth it.”

We implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform and pass the following regulations:

  • Ban assault-style firearms
  • Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
  • Ban high capacity 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

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