• Hard Times for Dick's as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company

    From Gene Poole@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 31 07:11:45 2019
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    We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism
    of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, Dick’s Sporting
    Goods and its affiliated Field & Stream stores. First, the
    company announced it would stop selling most centerfire semi-
    automatic rifles at its stores, carry only limited capacity
    magazines for semi-automatic guns, and ban firearm sales to
    certain legally eligible adults. It then took the further step
    of declaring it would destroy its inventory of the newly-
    restricted firearms at company expense. And if that weren’t
    enough, the news also recently broke that the company had hired
    expensive D.C. lobbyists to push for gun control measures on
    Capitol Hill.

    Dick’s, in other words, was positioning itself as a rising star
    in the field of corporate gun control activism, in obvious
    contradiction of its own financial interests.

    Now, however, the pro-gun community is parrying Dick’s gun
    control thrust with their own countermeasures, while customers
    appear to be eschewing Dick’s to search for bargains elsewhere.

    Last week, the Board of Governors of the National Shooting
    Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the
    firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries –
    voted unanimously to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership
    in the organization. While the NSSF noted it supports the rights
    of its members to make individual business decisions, it
    determined that Dick’s new polices do not “reflect the reality
    of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners” and constitute
    “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.”
    Law-abiding gun owners, the company added, “should not be
    penalized for the actions of criminals.”

    Meanwhile, members of the firearms industry have also begun
    withdrawing their products from Dick’s and Field & Stream

    First, Illinois-based Springfield Armory – maker of several
    lines of highly-popular rifles and pistols -- announced early
    this month that was “severing ties” with the two retailers. In
    announcing the decision, Springfield Armory stated, “we believe
    in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American
    patriots and our founding forefathers, without question.” It
    concluded, “We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued
    attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow

    Iconic shotgun maker O.F. Mossberg & Sons followed up this week
    with its own announcement that it will “not accept any future
    orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream” and is “in
    the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.”
    Mossberg’s press release on the decision cited its own “staunch
    support[] of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment
    right” and its disagreement with “Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent
    anti-Second Amendment actions.”

    MKS Supply, marketer of Hi-Point Firearms and Inland
    Manufacturing, LLC, has now become the latest supplier to cut
    off Dick’s and Field & Stream. Its president, Charles Brown,
    justified the decision on the basis that “Dick’s Sporting Goods
    and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in
    our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment.” He
    went on to cite several “wrong” moves by Dick’s in recent
    months, including “villainizing modern sporting rifles in
    response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices” and
    “hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured
    by the Second Amendment.”

    This industry pressure on Dick’s comes at a sensitive time for
    the company. Its shares took a steep 6.3% dive in March, amid
    what analysts described as a “downbeat outlook.” Indeed, its own
    CEO Edward Stack admitted his new investment in gun control “is
    not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales

    How that assessment squares with his own obligations to the
    company and its shareholders is unclear. Profits, after all, are
    where the rubber meets the road in any business enterprise.

    What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that Dick’s has
    inserted itself into a tight spot from which it might not emerge
    unscathed, if it manages to survive at all. Its business with
    Second Amendment supporters in particular may well grind to a

    Should that happen, Dick’s will have no one to blame but itself,
    and especially Mr. Stack. Dick’s example should serve as a
    warning for other businesses in the firearm sector that would
    hope to find common cause with activists who are seeking nothing
    so much as to put gun sellers out of business for good.

    https://www.nraila.org/articles/20180511/hard-times-for-dicks-as- second-amendment-supporters-respond-to-companys-anti-gun-bent

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