Dick's Sporting Goods Takes A Stand, Will Stop Selling Assault Rifles

By: Kayla Pasacreta

a Dick's Sporting Goods store, photo via  Bloomberg/NYT

a Dick's Sporting Goods store, photo via Bloomberg/NYT

Dick's Sporting Goods, the largest sports goods retailer in the country, announced Wednesday morning they will no longer sell assault rifles or give guns to any one under the age of 21. In a bold statement released on Twitter, the company stated "thoughts and prayers are not enough" and announced they will stop selling assault rifles and will now require gun purchasers to be at least 21 years of age. The company directly cited the Parkland shooting as their reasoning for taking a stand. 

CEO Ed Stack also went on ABC's "Good Morning America" to further explain the decision, "We did everything by the book. We did everything that the law required, and still he [Nikolas Cruz] was able to buy a gun," Although the gun Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz was not the one used to execute the Parkland shooting, the company is still clearly displeasured that such a person obtained a gun from their store. Stack continued, "We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.”

In the statement, Dick's Sporting Goods also called on Congress to pass "common-sense gun control", specifically citing a ban on assault weapons, raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, a universal database of those banned from purchasing firearms, universal background checks, and an end to any gun loopholes.

Unsurprisingly, Dick's Sporting Goods' statement is being met with a lot opposition and the hashtag #BoyCottDicks:

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