Beto O’Rourke Cheers Dick’s Decision to Destroy $5 Million Worth of Rifles

Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during a gun safety forum Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

Democrat presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke cheered Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to destroy $5 million worth of semiautomatic rifle inventory.

On Octobe 6, 2019, Breitbart News reported Dick’s CEO Ed Stack’s that his company destroyed $5 million worth of “assault-style rifles” to keep them out of private hands. Stack also admitted his company’s post-Parkland gun control stance has resulted in “a quarter of a billion [dollars]” in loses.

But Stack is undeterred. He is literally considering further corporate gun controls his company might undertake.

None of this was lost on O’Rourke, who used an October 7, 2019, tweet to praise Dick’s for their gun control contributions:

O’Rourke used the September 12, 2019, Democrat debate to make clear his intentions to confiscate AR-15s, as well as AK-47-style rifles. He said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation calculates there are 16 million-plus privately owned AR-15s in the U.S.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins and Instagram @awr_hawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get the Down Range newsletter at



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