CEO Edward Stack addressed the company being expelled from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group, by saying “it’s really not that big of a deal.”
Sorry Stack, but if you think you’re a player in the firearms retail market you need to be supporting the industry. When the industry expels you because you are working directly against the God given rights we are blessed with, then it is a big deal!
People who buy firearms are also active in most outdoor sports. They raise children who are active in sports, hunting, fishing and camping, in short, they are your best customers because they buy for multiple seasons and product lines.
Stack claimed industry-wide struggles were at least partially to blame for Dick’s struggles in selling firearms. (couph, couph) However, gun-related background checks set records in both March and April and competitor Sportsman’s Warehouse reported gun sales were as strong as ever in the first quarter. They stated that customers were driven to them by Dick’s policy changes.
Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, told the Free Beacon. “They (Dick’s) went beyond simply making decisions for their own company and are trying to impose their view and their decisions on other companies in the industry by hiring a lobbyist to lobby for gun control,” He went on to say, “The CEO of Dick’s, which owns Field and Stream, is on the record as saying he wants to see a ban on modern sporting rifles, he wants to see restrictions on magazines, and also wants to see an unconstitutional restriction on the ability of young adults to purchase any firearm.”
They are not just trying to impose their views on other companies. They are trying to take away the rights of the People. Historically, people who take the tact are trying to appease those who are most vocal. It never works out well, know your history.
Bottom line, management at Dick’s and Field and Stream stores have made it clear. They are anti- 2nd Amendment, I guess that means we gun folk will have to spend our dollars elsewhere in the future. See ya, Dick’s.