Edward W. Stack, the chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said in an interview this week that his company had destroyed over $5 million in military-style, semiautomatic rifles and was reviewing whether it would continue to sell guns in its more than 720 stores.
The report comes from an interview with Mr. Stack with CBS Sunday Morning.
One of the rifles purchased by the mass school shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year in Parkland, Florida was bought at Dick’s Sporting Goods. While the gun was not used in that shooting, the revelation had an impact on Mr. Stack and his wife, who met with survivors, and caused them to announce that going forward, the store will not carry the weapons in stores.
The over $5 million worth of merchandise removed from shelves was later destroyed by the company. It cited the fact that if the guns were removed from store shelves, they also did not want them to ever find their way to the streets, thus destroying the guns was the best way to ensure that outcome.
The Pennsylvania retailer had also agreed to ban the sale of military-style rifles at its 35 Field & Stream stores, and to stop selling firearms and ammunition to anyone younger than 21.
During the interview on CBS, Mr. Stack is quoted as saying:
“I don’t understand how somebody, with everything that’s gone on, could actually sit there and say, ‘I don’t think we need to do a background check on people who buy guns. It’s just, it’s ridiculous.”
Mr. Stack confirmed that the weapons have been removed from all of Dick’s stores and a complete review of whether the company will ban all sales of firearms is still under strategic review at the company.
I believe these steps by Mr. Stack, and fellow business leaders at companies such as Walmart, the nation’s largest gun seller, L.L. Bean, and Kroger, is making the world a safer place. I believe increased background checks, tighter restrictions, and the outlaw of all military-style assault rifles would all be responsible and proper measures to combating the increase in gun violence that has flooded America in the past 20 years, since the Columbine shooting on April 20, 1999.
Excerpts from this article were taken from a story written by Laura M. Holson, published by The New York Times on October 8, 2019.
The full article can be accessed here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/business/dicks-sporting-goods-destroying-guns-rifles.html