David Hogg will love this for sure. How about you?
Is this a ‘bold plan to lead social change?’ Or are they shamelessly kissing the asses of social activists?
Maybe the folks over at Dick’s have forgotten that relevant Churchillian wisdom.
Dick’s, it would seem, are feeding that Crocodile, hoping exactly that.
Maybe they’re afraid of a Laura Ingraham-style boycott.
Is this driven by ‘courage’ or cowardice?
Maybe somebody from the company brass has been finding the cocktail hour at the country club a tad bit awkward, what with their company profiting from something so ‘tawdry’ as the Second Amendment and they feel the need to prove their social awareness.
Maybe there’s a far simpler explanation. Maybe their judgment is just a bubble off level.
In their zeal to be part of the solution, of keeping (the ‘bad’) guns out of public hands, Dick’s Sporting Goods Stores are shooting themselves in the foot.
It’s not just the alienation of reliable clientele like rural sportsman by picking a fight they didn’t need to. Or offsetting that with the slim hopes of ingratiating themselves to urban socialites whose outdoor and sporting goods needs may be more modest.
They would literally do just as much social good by simply setting their money on fire. They’re planning to turn the remaining ‘assault rifles’ in their inventory into recycled scrap. Destroyed through the proper legal means, of course.
That raises questions about responsibility to their shareholders. (That’s over and above the lawsuit they’re facing for their change in policy.)
Here’s their grand plan:
“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our Feb. 28 policy change. We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations,” the company said in a statement to ABC News.
In late February, two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that they would no longer sell assault-style rifles or high capacity magazines. The company also said it would no longer sell firearms or ammunition of anyone under the age of 21 years old.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said, “We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself. We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”
Some questions occur to us:
1) Does he even realize that the Second Amendment was never primarily written with hunting in mind?
2) Does he realize that the various manufacturers have already got their full share of the profits for each of those weapons they are destroying? And the money they have already meade will be reinvested into both the manufacture and development of new firearms?
Dick’s are acting a little bit like the guy who pulls a bucketful of water out of the left side of his boat so he can dump it out on the right side, confident that he’s changing the ocean levels.
We’d try to explain it to him in terms he could understand, but it would be a waste of a good crayon.
3) How much will this cost Dick’s in destroyed inventory? Has he thought much about what he’s going to tell his shareholders about this ‘bold’ master plan? Will the CEO still have a job after he does so?
Maybe we’ve got it wrong. Maybe you think we’re missing the point and this is an absolute stroke of genius. If so, set us straight in the comments.
by Doug Giles
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