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“We Don’t Want to Be Part of a Mass Shooting.”– Dick’s Sporting Goods No Longer Selling Assault Rifles

Noor Majid, Web Developer

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Dick’s Sporting Goods in Manchester, CT.

The nation’s top sporting goods retailer, Dick’s Sporting Goods, is making dramatic changes in its sale of firearms, including ending the sale of assault-style rifles and banning the purchasing of guns by individuals younger than 21 both in stores and online. These measures went into effect on February 28.

“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” company Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said Tuesday evening on Good Morning America, referring to the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL two weeks prior that killed 14 students and three educators. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us… And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.”

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The decision comes in the wake of the revelation that Nikolas Cruz, the gunman behind the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, bought a gun at Dick’s in 2017. This gun was not the gun nor the kind of gun actually used in the massacre, however.

This is not the first time Dick’s has made changes in response to a school massacre: in 2012, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people, Dick’s removed assault-style rifles from its main retail stores. But a few months later, the company began carrying the firearms at its outdoor and hunting retail chain, Field & Stream.

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Guns being sold at Dicks Sporting Goods.

Now when asked whether there is a chance the company will reverse its position on the newly announced ban, Stack replied, “Never. [W]e don’t want to be part of a mass shooting.”

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