Sunday, May 06, 2018 by JD Heyes
It was bad enough when executives at Dick’s, Inc., the parent company of Dick’s Sporting Goods, used the tragedy of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings as a platform to make a politically correct statement about guns by announcing it would no longer sell “assault weapons.”
But then the chain had to go and retain a lobbying firm last month to specifically advocate for more gun control, ostensibly above and beyond just the elimination of guns that resemble military-grade weapons.
Well, that was one step too far for gun manufacturer Springfield Armory, a leader in the industry. The company has announced it will no longer do business with Dick’s, Inc. after the chain lobbied on behalf of new gun control legislation in Congress, Infowars reported.
Noting further, Bloomberg News said Dick’s retained the Glover Park Group, according to disclosure forms filed late last month. Said Bloomberg: “The move is unusual for a firm in the retail sector, where few brands tackle such a politically-charged issue for fear it will turn off customers.”
Dick’s executives don’t seem to care about the company’s bottom line or profitability anymore. They’re much more interested in making political statements with investors’ money.
As NewsTarget reported in March — shortly after the company made its “assault weapons” decision — CEO Edward Stack was quoted in other media as saying that the retailer was experiencing “deeper than expected sales decline” of guns, for sure, but also everything else.
Shares of the company at that time had fallen 7.3 percent in a day; before the new gun policies were implemented — which includes requiring buyers of all rifles to be at least 21 years of age, though federal law only requires buyers to be 18 years old — sales had climbed 13 percent since the first of 2018.
“As a gun owner, I support the Second Amendment and understand why, for many, the right to bear arms is as American as baseball and apple pie,” he wrote in the regularly anti-gun Washington Post, as The Daily Wire reported. “But I also agree with what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his majority opinion in 2008’s landmark Heller case: ‘Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.’ It is ‘not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.’”
Well, the founders would disagree with that, hence the language “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment. That passage was supposed to prevent future generations of American jurisprudence from taking away a right they felt was fundamental, but obviously, their intent has been disregarded.
And why does everyone who pushes for gun control preface their push with something like or similar to, “…I support the Second Amendment…”?
In any event, Springfield Armory has had enough. Following the revelations that Dick’s had hired a gun control lobbying firm the company announced via Facebook it was severing all ties with the retailer over its “attempts to deny the Second Amendment,” Infowars noted.
“Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream” in response to the hiring. “This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.
“Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company,” the gun maker continued. “At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question.”
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This is good to see. Let’s hope it leads others to stand up for one of the most fundamental of all our civil rights.
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J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.