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Dick’s Leads the Way on Divide-and-Conquer Defeatism

Dick’s Leads the Way on Divide-and-Conquer Defeatism
The Second Amendment according to Dick’s CEO Edward Stack (Adapted from “George Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge,” John Ward Dunsmore, Public Domain)

“Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., one of the largest retailers of its kind in the United States, is taking new steps to curtail the sale of firearms, including ending sales of assault-style rifles and banning the sale of guns to people younger than 21,” ABC News reported Wednesday.

“We need to do something,” Chairman and CEO Edward Stack told Good Morning America. “And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.”

“Something” like what? Side with those who blame and want to ban guns? You’ll notice Stack offers no other “solutions.”

It’s not the first time Dick’s has thrown non-“sporting purposes” gun owners under the bus. They’d abandoned them in time of need after Sandy Hook when they ceased selling “modern sporting rifles” in all but their Field & Stream subsidiaries, and with this new announcement, the self-imposed “ban,” including on “high capacity magazines,” is complete.

But it’s their right, right? They’re not hindering anyone else’s ability to purchase guns of their choice elsewhere. This is just an internal business decision.

Bull. It’s abandoning their brothers-in-arms on the battlefield in a time of dire need and leaving them to stand or fall while the cowardly profiteers who want the benefits of gun owner business without the rigors or risks slink away. It is emboldening the enemy. Their competitors who will not collapse and turn tail, but who hold fast and faithfully and stand with us through the storm, are the ones who earn our continued association.

And today’s decision is already being put to great use by the enemies of the right to keep and bear arms. Look at all the triumphant “news” articles.  The anti-gunners (and anti-hunters) are loving it.

Besides, Dick’s has gone beyond just controlling its own business. They’ve joined forces with the gun-grabbers to try and control ours.  From the company “media statement”:

  • At the same time, we implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform and pass the following regulations:
  • Ban assault-style firearms
  • Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
  • Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
  • Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
  • Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
  • Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks

Dianne Feinstein couldn’t have said it any better. And all backed by force of state arms. Dick’s has allied itself with the gun-grabbers and wannabe totalitarians. It’s joined the Dark Side and become a proud rope-seller.

“We’re staunch supporters of the 2nd Amendment,” Stack blusters, knowing very few watching him kiss DNC/Clinton apparatchik George Stephanopoulos’ ring are likely to see through the lie. “I’m a gun owner myself.”

A “staunch supporter of the Second Amendment” knows why the Framers of the Constitution considered it “necessary to the security of a free State” and also understands the offensive danger of limiting gun ownership to “sporting purposes.” Stack is now actively subverting Founding intent, and doing so to keep those pieces of silver coming in.

That may not work out the way he intends.

“Hunting has trended lower since the 1980s,” an article from last August in The Street titled “Dick’s In the Crosshairs as Gun Sales Continue to Disappoint” noted. Their shares had crashed 23% at the time.  Noting gun owner fury when gun writer Jim Zumbo ignorantly badmouthed semi-auto rifles, it will be interesting to see how gun owners react to a hunting and camping equipment retailer out there actively promoting citizen disarmament.

It’s curious that Stack doesn’t stop to think how many now elated with his concessions hate everything he stands for anyway. It’s not gun owners out there seeking to ban hunting, it’s his new “progressive friends,” happy to let him help carry their load and knowing they can always come back for “sport shooters” later.  It’s reminiscent of the story of the Cyclops Polyphemus, who promised a captured Odysseus that he would eat him last as a reward for making wine.

They nonetheless intend to eat self-serving gunkapos.

What remains to be seen is if there will be much remaining to devour, or if gun owners will deny aid and comfort to a newly-revealed enemy of the right to keep and bear arms, and let Dick’s wither to where there’s nothing left to eat. Stack has chosen to go over to the citizen disarmament camp.  Let their followers keep Dick’s doors open.

What also remains to be seen is if any gun and ammo makers publicly tell Dick’s they’re no longer interested in being suppliers. You may want to ask some of the companies at that link why they would.

As for Stack and Dick’s:

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” –Samuel Adams

UPDATE: I just had a thought on this. I’m not a lawyer, so bear with me.

If they refuse to sell rifles to citizens under 21 where it is lawful to do so, how is that not challengeable in court? Protected classes included things like race, sex, religion, “orientation” and age, right? They couldn’t refuse to sell you a rifle because you’re a minority or a woman or Muslim or a gay, could they?

Any lawyers out there care to share your expertise, or maybe just cut to the chase and find plaintiffs to initiate a class action lawsuit?

And further update: Prof. Volokh weighs in on this very question.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



    1. Amen bro…that just means CABELAS gets MORE of my $$$ and the gun shows. We have a gun show coming to Augusta ,Ga this weekend where I put away $2,000 specifically for them. : )

  1. Good for Dick’s, they already have a poor business model. Now it’s even worse. They hire people who willingly lie about their on hand sale items inventory to get customers in the store, then bait and switch begins. I would venture it is policy and maybe a class action against them is imminent. Dick’s can go to hell along with Kelloggs, Under Armor, Procter and Gamble, GE, et al

  2. Dick’s should stop selling guns completely. It would be great for the mom-&-pop gun shops. Maybe they can make it just selling basketballs and sneakers. They have seen the last dollar of my money.
    Here’s a suggestion: go to a Dick’s store, take a couple of hundred dollars worth of gun-related merchandise to the checkout, and say you would be buying this but you don’t do business with Quislings, and leave.

    1. Good idea – but the man in charge is a dem idiot and Dick’s is probably being subsidized by the NWO deep state.

    2. Since they only want to cater to anti 2nd A leftists parrots, and told everyone else to shop elsewhere; guess they won’t be selling any guns!

  3. And this is why I support my local gun shop instead of guys like Dicks Sporting, Walmart, or any other big chain. The big guys are the first to throw us under the bus for their bottom line. Support your local gun shop and never buy from Dicks ever again. I haven’t shopped there in years….For anything! And I just got confirmation that I did the right thing by not shopping there.

  4. In all fairnes its a sporting goods store, they should leave the gun sales to gun stores. The Dicks store in my area is usually empty anyway and wont be in busines long

  5. I didn’t know dicks sold guns. i have been in one of their stores and was totally unimpressed, I have not been back. It appeared that dicks caters to the snowflake buttercup crowd. I would guess we will be seeing the demise of dicks before long.

  6. THe “Customer Service” phone number for Dicks Sporting Goods is 1-866-677-4771. I called and told them to remove my name from their mailing lists and email promotions lists and not to solicite my business in the future.

  7. I heard on Rush Limbaugh’s program on 02282018 that Dick’s Sporting Goods actually stopped selling the AR platform and similar so-called “assault” rifles at their Dick’s main stores right after Sandy Hook. However, according to Rush, Dick’s did not stop selling these types of firearms. Instead, they moved the sales to their Field and Stream stores where they continued to sell these firearms. So, the public pronouncements appear, at best, disingenuous, and certainly timed to capitalize on all of the anti-gun, anti-NRA hysteria.

  8. Dick’s may have to close there doors because of bad management. Sears used to carry guns and now they are going down hill to. Americans should stop doing business with anti-gun stores. Money talks very loudly.

    1. You are correct – anti-gun is anti-patriot and will not get any of my money. Besides, you can buy anything they carry online or somewhere else. I was in one of their stores last year looking at the crossbows. The arrows are wicked – they have large blades that open on impact cutting the shiit out of the victim. I guess the dummies are ok with someone being shot with that arrow, but a .223 from an AR looks so military that they can’t stand it. One thing is for sure – this entire fight against guns is backed by the NWO deep state. Until they get the guns from the hands of the public the corrupt communist NWO won’t be able to take over England or Australia. Think about that!

  9. Cowards and unpatriotic bastards….. sorry for the language but they stand for for everything the liberal cowards in this country wants…. take away one right at a time till they are slowly all gone.. I already called my local store and expressed my view and he said he wasn’t interested….

  10. I have not been in Dick’s for at least 15 years. Back then I looked at a rifle and quickly surmised that the sales man knew nothing about shooting and was feeding me line of BS.

    I think with Dicks pulling out of the weapons business, they will quickly loose all ammo business as well. Good by and good riddance! I will not be protecting Dick’s when violent demonstrators/looters crash their doors.

  11. Blind. Ignorant. Cowards…The words that I would use to describe Dick’s and their management. How can they say that hey support the 2A when they clearly do not? Obviously it is their business decision and we need to make one as well…Do not do any further business with Dick’s or any other company that has jumped on this latest bandwagon of anti-gun hysteria. We can protest peacefully with the only weapon that these corporations truly understand…our wallets.
    As a sporting goods store, I have always thought that Dick’s was horrible. Now I have my final reason to never give them another dime of my hard-earned $$.

  12. You mean all the thousands of other gun shops and gun shows have stopped selling guns…?

  13. so they pledged to do what they’ve already been doing since sandyhook? that’s when they stopped selling them in their main stores. they have around 35 smaller field and stream stores that were still selling them.

  14. I have notified them that I will never shop in their stores again and that they have lost a good customer. I am returning my current mail order as soon as it arrives. I have called their investors hotline listed on their website and assured them that I will be advising everyone I know to divest themselves of Dick’s stock and to stop patronizing their stores. May they go bankrupt sooner and not later.

  15. I like Midway, SG AMMO, and local stores better, anyway. AND I immediately canceled my coverage – which I’ve had for years – at LifeLock, who joined the NRA dump.

  16. To all members of the NRA, WE ARE THE NRA. Anti gunners talk as though Wayne LaPierre, or some big unknown entity is the NRA. NOT!!!!!!!! Dick’s Sporting Goods should be permanently banned from doing business with ANY OF US NRA MEMBERS AND ANYONE ELSE WHO SUPPORTS OUR STANCE. Dick’s is a typical stupid business who bows to anyway the wind blows. If they start losing ALL OUR BUSINESS, they will change their stance FAST. The lack of our dollars will bring them around faster than anything else. STOP SPENDING ANY MONEY WITH DICK’S, DELTA AIRLINES, AND ANY OF THE OTHER COMPANIES WHO ARE SEPARATING THEMSELVES FROM THE NRA (THAT’S US). If any company doesn’t want us then we damn well better not be spending our money with those companies. One final thought: THE FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ANYWHERE CAN PASS ANY ANTI-GUN LAWS THEY WANT, BUT I DARE THEM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ENFORCE SUCH LAWS.

  17. This is Dick’s Sporting Goods perogative. Who buys firearms from Dick’s anyway? Dick’s has now just “shot” themselves in the foot in making this misguided political statement to find favor with the “gungrabbing groups” which rails against our US Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Dick’s will regret making this I’ll advised statement of their new policy which is destined to become a marketing failure. I will never buy another item from either Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field and Stream. That is my perogative, new policy and promise.

  18. My local “Dick’s Sporting Goods” has been taking a beating since an “Academy Sports” opened a few years ago just a couple of blocks away. The manager at “Dick’s” told me they would be selling handguns by Christmas. That was three years ago, and still no handguns. The gun counter at Academy is almost always crowded and they are selling guns like mad. “Academy” pulled their evil black rifles from display for a brief period but said they still them if asked for, just not displaying them. Some of us locals went in and asked to speak to the manager, telling him that he can let corporate know that we will not shop there until they reverse course. The guys at the gun counter know me very well because of my regular browsing and gun talk. I expressed and stressed to them that I was finished buying from anyone who is not 2A friendly. Within a few weeks, the black guns were back on the shelf. We have to make some noise, and alot of it.

  19. Walmart has just made the same announcement. Link to story below. I called Walmart to tell them I would no longer shop there. A foreigner with a thick accent answered for customer service. I started explaining why I would not shop there and then said it is a matter of time before Walmart gets sued for refusing to make sells to persons of legal age, and the b*tch hung up on me. I had already stopped buying ammunition there because they ask for your driver’s license and enter your info into their computer. If you are buying .22LR, they ask if it is for a handgun or rifle. On my last and final purchase of .22LR there, I asked, “what difference does it make whether it’s for a rifle or handgun”. Looking somewhat defeated, the clerk said, “sir, I’m required to enter the information. I don’t have a choice.” I told him, “yes, you do have a choice. You can find a job with a company that is not communist and anti-American”.

  20. Add L.L. Bean, REI, and Krogers to the list. They have taken the same route as Dick’s. I have contacted all of them to say I will never purchase from them. I have also asked them if they worry about being sued for age discrimination. That is the point that everyone disconnects and ends the “common sense conversation about guns”. I recommend you say everything you want to them before asking them if they are concerned about being sued, because they will hang up or disconnect the chat.

  21. why is it that when the federal,state and local governments fail they want more of our rights, about time we tell the ambulance chasing politicians to F.O. From a Vietnam vet. You are not going to get my guns.

  22. TD Bank closed my account and stole my Debt card last year when I tried to purchase a rifle. They are no longer my bank.

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