Dick’s Sporting Goods is not, as you might say, fucking around.
After the Parkland massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, people around the country responded differently to the surviving kids’ calls for increased gun control in America. Die-hard gundamentalists dug in further, gripping their weapons ever more tightly, as you might expect. But after weeks of protests, news appearances, speeches, boycotts, and even policy changes by large companies, the nation appears to be more in favor of gun control than at any time in recent memory.
One of those businesses was the national recreation outfitting retailer Dick’s. Almost immediately following the shooting that claimed 17 lives in that Florida school, Dick’s announced that they would stop selling assault rifles like the AR-15 favored by almost all perpetrators of mass shootings.
They also elected to stop selling high-capacity magazines in their stores, and to raise the age requirement for purchasing guns at Dick’s to 21 years old.
That last policy change prompted more than one lawsuit aimed at the chain, citing age discrimination that complainants say violates state laws regulating the age at which retailers are allowed to sell guns — a distinction that the two young men who have brought suits against Dick’s don’t seem to understand.
Now Dick’s has made yet another announcement that is certain to drive gun-loving NRA fanatics absolutely insane. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the sporting goods seller isn’t doing what most stores might do in this situation: They’re destroying them, rather than returning them to the manufacturers.
“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change. We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”
That’s a move that’s sure to piss off the hardcore Trump supporters who are among the only remaining people in America who don’t favor at least some increased gun control.
And that’s just fine by me.
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