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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Convergence at the gun store

I'll bet that Dick's Sporting Goods will not remain one of the largest sports retailers for long in light of this utterly bone-headed move by the CEO:
One of the nation’s largest sports retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, said Wednesday morning it was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores. The retailer also said that it would no longer sell high-capacity magazines and that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws.

The announcement, made two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members, is one of the strongest stances taken by corporate America in the national gun debate. It also carries symbolic weight, coming from a prominent national gunseller.

Late last week, after coming under attack on social media for their ties to the National Rifle Association, a number of major companies, including Hertz car rental, MetLife insurance and Delta Air Lines, publicly ended those relationships, issuing brief, carefully phrased statements.

But Edward Stack, the 63-year-old chief executive of Dick’s whose father founded the store in 1948, is deliberately steering his company directly into the storm, making clear that the company’s new policy was a direct response to the Florida shooting. “When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” Mr. Stack said in an interview Tuesday evening. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.”
I look forward to the future articles denying that this decision by the CEO to steer the company "directly into the storm" has anything to do with the totally unanticipated 18-percent decline in annual sales in 2018.

“The whole hunting business is an important part of our business, and we know there is going to be backlash on this,” said Mr. Stack. “But we’re willing to accept that.”

It will be interesting to see how long it takes him to change his tune. Notice how it is almost never the founders of companies who ever do anything this stupid? It's always heirs and infiltrators, which tends to demonstrate that those who do not create businesses may understand how to work the internal machinery and manage the processes established, but they lack an inherent understanding of why and how the business exists in the first place.

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120 Comments:

Blogger BassmanCO February 28, 2018 11:02 AM  

Wow, I used to like shopping at Dick's Sporting Goods. Used to.

Blogger cremes February 28, 2018 11:05 AM  

This is nothing new to Dick's. When I lived in the city of Chicago, I once visited the Dick's in Lombard which is in DuPage County (Chicago is in Cook County). They would not sell me anything firearm related because my driver's license had a Chicago address. I couldn't buy ammo, I couldn't buy a firearm, I couldn't buy any gun-smithing work, etc.

So, they've been on my shit list for a long time. This latest move is unsurprising.

Blogger Desdichado February 28, 2018 11:07 AM  

Isn't age discrimination illegal in most jurisdictions in the US? If an 18 year old can legally buy a firearm, but Dicks decides that it wants to institute its own 21+ limit, that could easily make them a target for lawsuits.

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 28, 2018 11:07 AM  

I thought they already did this during the last scary looking rifle panic of 2012-2013.

Their pricing and selection sukd anytime I looked there anyway.

Blogger Nate73 February 28, 2018 11:09 AM  

I'm always curious about what really goes on behind the scenes and the internal politics of these corporate elite families. E.g. this article talks about a drug overdose, but zero details about the divorce or previous death of the founder of LC that may have led to it:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5436397/Son-61-Little-Caesars-founder-dies-hotel-room.html

Blogger Desdichado February 28, 2018 11:10 AM  

Maybe they should just remove the apostrophe from the name of their store.

Blogger Jemison Thorsby February 28, 2018 11:11 AM  

They first took this kind of stance after Sandy Hook, which is when they went onto my "no-go" list. I don't know whether heirs are less intuitive businessmen, but I suspect those who have something handed to them are more willing to gamble with it politically than are those who personally built something through hard work (and are thus more directly invested in it).

Blogger Crew February 28, 2018 11:13 AM  

Let me see. How many progressives and leftists buy sporting goods?

I suspect no where near as many as Americans who like guns.

However, the old statement applies. "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

So, let's not help them understand their mistake.

Blogger James Dixon February 28, 2018 11:15 AM  

Our local Dick's has a very limited gun selection. It doesn't look like it's ever been a priority of theirs.

For those interested, Dick's Sporting Goods corporate contact list: http://www.elliott.org/company-contacts/dicks-sporting-goods/

Elliot.org also has links to a bunch of other companies playing their assigned part in this ongoing theatre production.

Blogger Chris Mallory February 28, 2018 11:15 AM  

Patrick Kelly wrote:I thought they already did this during the last scary looking rifle panic of 2012-2013.

They did. This new action applies to their Field and Stream stores. The closest the Dick's has had to an assault weapon in years have been some shotguns with pistol grips.

An FFL has the right to deny the sale of a firearm to anyone for any reason.

Blogger Keef February 28, 2018 11:17 AM  

I lived in Lombard for about 6-months back in 2009. Getting out of the hell hole that is Chicagoland was a great personal decision for me

Blogger Watchu talkin bout Willis February 28, 2018 11:21 AM  

Haven't shopped there since 2012.

To paraphrase Dean Wormer: "Overpriced, ignorant and virtue signaling is no way to go through life, son."

Blogger Amy February 28, 2018 11:25 AM  

cant Lose all that money from soccer moms and yoga chicks buying ok-enough soccer cleats and overpriced yoga tops (“designed” by Carrie Underwood!), so restrict those scary evil Fire Sticks!

Blogger Kevin Riley February 28, 2018 11:31 AM  

They're not even smart enough to go full SJW, discontinue selling guns all together and use that space to push even more overpriced clothing on bored housewives and soccer moms. How are these guys still in business?

Blogger Sheila4g February 28, 2018 11:32 AM  

Never really shopped there (they're at the mall and I avoid malls, and they're overpriced) but this is merely one more reason not to go at all. My son mentioned this to me this morning - don't know how many people still purchase weapons and/or ammo there, but hopefully the chain will take a hit. Yeah, the soccer moms will still buy their overpriced yoga tops there, unless their husbands man up enough to cut them off.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 28, 2018 11:34 AM  

Stupid. Can't wait to see all that money go to your local gun shops

Blogger Tom February 28, 2018 11:38 AM  

They did this in 2012 and the backlash forced some stores to start selling AR's again. I quit buying there when they started putting up no guns allowed signs in their windows around the same time.

Blogger Nathan Housley February 28, 2018 11:39 AM  

This isn't a surprise. The CEO virtual signaled about how diversity is our strength during the Olympics will "show those divisive forces that they are losing."

Blogger Resident Moron™ February 28, 2018 11:40 AM  

These dicks had better bake that 20 year old’s cake or the anti-discrimination brigade will bankrupt them ...

Just kidding

Blogger Resident Moron™ February 28, 2018 11:43 AM  

Forgot to mention, the same people wanting to raise the age of legal gun ownership want to lower the age of voting on who makes the laws.

Hucking fell

Blogger pyrrhus February 28, 2018 11:46 AM  

Dicks discrimination against 19 year olds obviously should result in a boycott...Bake that rifle or else!

Blogger Nakota Publishing February 28, 2018 11:47 AM  

It was a good thing Cruz was using that AR, because the thing jammed on him, saving potentially dozens of lives.

Blogger pyrrhus February 28, 2018 11:48 AM  

@15 Yes, I've been in a couple of Dicks stores, and found the merchandise overpriced and higher end stuff missing....The store sucks, better alternatives all over...

Blogger pyrrhus February 28, 2018 11:54 AM  

Just using the term "assault style rifles" tells you that this CEO is a cuckish moron....

Blogger Allen Skeens February 28, 2018 11:56 AM  

They have a terrible selection. Im surprised they carry guns at all.

Blogger SDaly February 28, 2018 11:57 AM  

Go to your local Dick's and plod around all over filling a cart with merchandise, then ask for an "assault rifle", when they say they don't sell them. Just walk out.

Blogger tuberman February 28, 2018 11:58 AM  

"Wake up, and smell the coffee." CEO needed advice from Ann Landers ancient column. Another virtue-signaler steps onto the wrong side of history sewage.

Blogger RC February 28, 2018 12:05 PM  

So the CEO of a company that has lost nearly half its value during the stock market run since the GE was elected doubles down? Do these CEOs not understand that it's not all about them? Their officers have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to run the business for profit.

I can't boycott them though as I don't buy from them: private sales and gunbroker.com for me except for unusual items that I can usually find at BassPro.

Blogger Wolfman at Large February 28, 2018 12:06 PM  

When people misuse the term 'assault rifle' I feel the urge to smash their heads in a with an 'assault brick.'

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 28, 2018 12:07 PM  

Are you saying he should have used a FAL???

Blogger Miguel February 28, 2018 12:08 PM  

So, VD, when will you open your gun store?

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams February 28, 2018 12:10 PM  

@8
"Let me see. How many progressives and leftists buy sporting goods?"

The progressive city dwellers need hiking boots to walk in nature. Which means around the park's sidewalks.

Plus, as others have mentioned, expensive yoga tops and pants.

Blogger RC February 28, 2018 12:11 PM  

One bright spot: We'll finally know what an assault rifle if we can see what inventory Dick's crams back down the supply chain.

Blogger Not a lefty February 28, 2018 12:14 PM  

Who buys guns there anyway? I bet they were already losing money on the tiny selection they have and were looking for an excuse to bail on it. But now they can write off ammo, accessories and hunting clothing. And I'm sure there's a goodly margin on technical sportswear. Goodbye goodly margin. Hello store closings.

Blogger DaDZ February 28, 2018 12:19 PM  

They're done. They just lost a huge chunk of their customer base down here. Guaranteed. Even if us right-thinkers didn't buy our guns at Dick's (terrible prices), we would still shop there occasionally out of convenience. Not anymore. Looks like Academy and Cabela's just inherited some customers.

Blogger Ray Mota February 28, 2018 12:20 PM  

YO! Adrian! What about Las Vegas???? Wait! WHAT! Something happened in Vegas? WTF? When? Who did it? Gee, you blink and something happens. Imagine that.

Bill Murray in the original Ghostbusters (paraphrase): “Yes your honor, this man has no Dick.”

OpenID Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass February 28, 2018 12:23 PM  

Only bought one thing at Dick's ever and that was camo for turkey hunting in the mid-00's. Everything else I've ever bought has been through Cabela's or Gander Mountain (which is now defunct; how long Cabela's will remain under Bass Pro Shops' tutelage is anyone's guess). Dick's is worthless. I look forward to watching them crash and burn.

Blogger Theophilus Chilton February 28, 2018 12:37 PM  

“The whole hunting business is an important part of our business, and we know there is going to be backlash on this,” said Mr. Stack. “But we’re willing to accept that.”

Not that you'll have a choice in the matter, Mr. Stack.

Blogger Giraffe February 28, 2018 12:38 PM  

Dicks pulled this same thing in 2012. I didn't know they actually sold assaulty MS-13's again. I would suspect that they don't sell them. This is corporate virtue signalling, and guns are only a small part of what they sell.

No gun person that was paying attention was buying from Dick's anyway. The biggest surprise I have is that people thought Dick's isn't anti black gun already.

Blogger Howard Stone February 28, 2018 12:38 PM  

Infowars response to David Hogg was pretty clever: #hoggwash, lol.

Blogger Zundfolge February 28, 2018 12:40 PM  

Mom and Pop gun shops rejoice.

Blogger Giraffe February 28, 2018 12:41 PM  

We need some way to contain and focus our outrage so that these companies feel it. Six weeks from now it will be business as usual for most of them.

Blogger Pale Male February 28, 2018 12:42 PM  

Apparently Dicks's has been screwing up for a while before this.  The local Dick's closed last year.  Dunham's moved into their space.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 28, 2018 12:45 PM  

I used to work across the street from a Dick's. I bought a lot of ammo there. Very overpriced, but convenient, and they had supply in depths of the ammo shortage.

no more. I just wrote them to let them know.

Blogger Bucephalus February 28, 2018 12:46 PM  

Dick....Stack????? Say it isn't so.

Blogger Stilicho February 28, 2018 12:49 PM  

Dicks moved most of its firearms and ammo business to their Field and Stream stores some time ago. F and S is also following this directive per the same statement issued on its behalf. Too bad, I liked their stores and spent a fair amount there, but I will never darken their doorstep again.

Blogger Cary February 28, 2018 12:51 PM  

Their Field and Stream stores near me are very similar to Cabela’s and sit right next to a Dick’s. Their AR selection has been limited, but I have found their pricing competitive. Over the past 3 years I’ve bought a pistol, a .22 rifle, and a lot of ammo from them. That will stop now, and I will be part of their unexpected sales decline.

Blogger Theophilus Chilton February 28, 2018 12:58 PM  

I'd like to say I'm not going to shop at Dick's anymore except that I never shopped there anywise 'cause I already knew they sucked.

Blogger LBascom February 28, 2018 1:00 PM  

After Sandy Hook, Dick's stopped selling semi-auto's and I vowed to never set foot in one of their stores.

I only regret I have one boycott to give...

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 28, 2018 1:01 PM  

Dick's has had several store closings here in Michigan.

This may be the last cry on the retreat.

Blogger Jehu February 28, 2018 1:07 PM  

Taking sides in the culture war on either side as a general audience business is stupid.
Taking the left's side when you're a sporting goods store is just terminally stupid.

Blogger Mr. Bee February 28, 2018 1:11 PM  

Guns are only a small portion of Dick's merchandise and most of their customers are hipster yuppie health nuts. I don't see this as a big deal for them.

Blogger marco moltisanti February 28, 2018 1:12 PM  

I've never noticed anything but hunting rifles and shotguns at Dick'so.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 28, 2018 1:14 PM  

Store here in the Western Burbs of Chiraq doesn't sell guns at all that I know of, and never missed them. This a'hole could have kept his mouth shut and quietly dropped all the hunting stuff and moved on in life, but NO he tweeted out his virtue and for that he should punished.

In the future when I am dictator for several lifespans (AI) virtue signaling will be punished by terms spent in Teach for America. This Dicks fool would earn himself 5 years of TfA in a 100% diverse institution.

Blogger YIH February 28, 2018 1:26 PM  

The only reason Dick's sells firearms is because they sell more profitable 'hunting accessories' such as clothes, deer stands, decoys, trail cameras, ect. I doubt firearm sales are much of their business at all - it's why department store chains have shrunk offerings or discontinued firearms.
Like others have said, Dick's should just drop them altogether, considering most are in malls, their landlords would be happy it if they did (although considering the condition many malls are in these days, beggars can't be choosers).

Blogger James Dixon February 28, 2018 1:34 PM  

> This a'hole could have kept his mouth shut and quietly dropped all the hunting stuff and moved on in life, but NO he tweeted out his virtue and for that he should punished.

As I said on the other thread, I don't expect them to be on our side, I expect them to stay out of it. When they don't they have to pay the price.

Blogger mark auld February 28, 2018 1:38 PM  

At 1:30, stock is up 42 cents. Yoga moms approved.

Blogger Bradley Matthews February 28, 2018 1:48 PM  

We spend a lot of money on clothing from Dick's. No more. Academy just got that business. With thin retailer profit margins and Amazon continuing to eat away at them, these companies cannot afford to alienate customers and lose double digit sales. Sporting good store that doesn't want to sell sporting goods, genius!

Blogger Quilp February 28, 2018 1:53 PM  

I'd go to Dicks if i was in need of a golf shirt, or a pair of sneakers if I was traveling, but a firearm?
What are they left with, pump shotguns, Bolt & Lever action rifles?

Blogger ace February 28, 2018 2:01 PM  

Bought a machete at that place which developed a fingernails sized chip on the blade after a couple hours of normal use. Obvious crap. Not that it was priced that way. At least they took it back.

Blogger Cloudswrest February 28, 2018 2:01 PM  

Many years ago, for decades there was a great, and large, independent sporting goods store in Fremont, CA call Tri-City Sporting Goods. They had a great gun dept with "gun sales" 300 days of the year. At some point they stopped selling guns and essentially became a "JCPenny" for sports apparel. They went out of business twelve years ago.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener February 28, 2018 2:16 PM  

Last time I went to a Dick's was in 2009. I bought a pair of Merrell hiking shoes that the salesman said were the best they had. And they were extremely comfortable. Trouble was, the things literally came apart on a 15 mile trail hike. For the last couple of miles it was so bad that I had to switch to my Crocs. Dick's would not take the shoes back. So after that I decided I was done with them.

Blogger pyrrhus February 28, 2018 2:23 PM  

"In the future when I am dictator for several lifespans (AI) virtue signaling will be punished by terms spent in Teach for America. This Dicks fool would earn himself 5 years of TfA in a 100% diverse institution."

Ingenius! As in The Mikado, making the punishment fit the crime!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 28, 2018 2:25 PM  

Amazon your low cost provider of Asian imports.

Support your local gun store.

Blogger exfarmkid February 28, 2018 2:26 PM  

Thought this was a joke. Then I read your archived link.

Wow. Just wow. Apparently it *is* possible to be that stupid.

Blogger FP February 28, 2018 2:49 PM  

I haven't been in a Dick's store since the last time they cucked. They'll just lose more business that isn't clothes/sporting goods to Big5, Cabelas etc.. I find it amusing that a local Macy's store closed and a Hobby Lobby took over the space.

@59

Tri-city, that brings back memories.

Blogger Desdichado February 28, 2018 3:10 PM  

Well; yeah—if the dicks ends up being merely a store for soccor moms to buy their jogging and yoga clothes, well hell—you can buy that stuff anywhere. What's the point in specializing in that locally?

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener February 28, 2018 3:15 PM  

Hey, it was 25 years ago to the day that the ATF haplessly raided the Seventh Day Adventists in Waco.

Blogger Ceerilan February 28, 2018 3:29 PM  

A store can survive being overpriced if it identifies with the tribe and provides value to the community other than reselling goods.

OpenID Mike Jackson February 28, 2018 3:31 PM  

Looks like Trump has totally cucked on bump stocks. "I'm going to write that out, very shortly, it'll be gone." (ban via executive order)

That's strike two.

Blogger kennymac February 28, 2018 3:44 PM  

Bump stocks are for losers. Other than being a great way to turn money into noise they’re totally useless.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 28, 2018 3:44 PM  

In today's daily dose of absolute, unbridled, uncontrollable savagery:

https://twitter.com/jay_stang/status/968949837797486593?ref_src=twcamp%5Ecopy%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Ecopy%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3

OpenID Mike Jackson February 28, 2018 3:46 PM  

@68 Who cares? If I want one and I'm not shooting at people, what business is it of yours?

Blogger jimmy_the_freak February 28, 2018 3:58 PM  

This is going to really put a hurt on their "Field & Stream" stores.

Blogger Hammerli280 February 28, 2018 4:08 PM  

I think Trump may find out shortly the limits of his authority.

WRT bump stocks, you need to remember that the legal definition of a machine gun is set by 26 USC Section 5845 (b).

"The term “machinegun” means any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has previously issued written determinations that bump stocks do not fit that legal definition.

Any change in that determination would run into significant ex post facto law issues. Particularly since 18 USC Section 922 (o) prohibits the manufacture of a machine gun for sale to the public.

Blogger kennymac February 28, 2018 4:12 PM  

Mike Jackson- I don’t care, I just think you’re an idiot for wasting your money on bullshit if you bought one. I also don’t care if that happens to be the bone the God Emperor has to throw to placate the morons in this country. Naturally I’d prefer he tell them all to go F themselves but that probably won’t happen.

Blogger Cary February 28, 2018 4:21 PM  

My concern on the bump stocks is thatTrump is saying that he will do it by executive order. If he can ban those by exec order, what prevents a future President from banning ARs or anything else.

OpenID Mike Jackson February 28, 2018 4:22 PM  

@73 Attitudes like yours is exactly why the left has been free to trample on our rights for so long. "I don't personally care about the issue, so throw them a bone." When does that ever work?

Stop being a sycophant for Trump. I voted for him because he said things I agree with, not because I follow Trump where he leads me.

@72 I hope you're right. He said the "lawyers are looking at it."

Blogger 100% American February 28, 2018 4:22 PM  

What a bone-headed move, indeed. They're going to fast learn a hard lesson. Americans are tired of being pushed around when it comes to our rights. Additionally, it's not about the gun, it's about idiotic police departments and LE agencies who don't do their jobs.

On another note, my hometown biz Jeni's Ice Cream (the founder, Jeni) is throwing a fit because FedEx won't bow to her insistence that they boycott the NRA. Go for it, Jeni. Use UPS. See how much of a difference it makes. Meanwhile, I'll be visiting a FedEx store soon to buy something.

Blogger kennymac February 28, 2018 4:25 PM  

Cary, my initial instinct is to say “Muh Constitooshun, that’s what!!” But we all know that that’s a fools game. Part of me says bring it on, Mz Future Liberal POTUS of Color, nothing would serve better to kick this low grade civil war into high gear.

Blogger Stilicho February 28, 2018 4:25 PM  

Fuck Jeni. She needs to focus on keeping salmonella and botulism out of her ice cream. How many Somalis and wetbacks work in her production facility?

Blogger 100% American February 28, 2018 4:29 PM  

@78 Well said. It's overpriced, anyway. But when I heard her whine, that did it for me. I only had it on the rare occasion but not again. She can take a long walk off a short pier.

Blogger kennymac February 28, 2018 4:40 PM  

No Mike, the reason the Left has been able to trample our rights is because the GOP has never been anything more than controlled opposition. Our rights were trampled before most of us were born, in the 1930s. Then again in 1968, when I was all of 1 year old.

Blogger Anchorman February 28, 2018 4:41 PM  

Companies can now sell or refuse to sell products to customers?

Bake the cake.

Blogger James Dixon February 28, 2018 4:48 PM  

> Looks like Trump has totally cucked on bump stocks.

And exactly no one cares.

> If he can ban those by exec order, what prevents a future President from banning ARs or anything else.

Nothing. Unless the courts are willing to slap him down.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club February 28, 2018 5:04 PM  

Other than shoes (which most people still like to try on first) and emergency Saturday-morning-before-the-soccer-game purchases, what part of Dick's business are Amazon and other online retailers not eating the heart out of? Most of the other big box sporting good retailers are already dead or seriously moribund (except maybe Cabela's), so this looks like turning their decline from steep to f'ing vertical. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Blogger Duke Norfolk February 28, 2018 5:05 PM  

“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” Mr. Stack said in an interview Tuesday evening. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.”
________________________


Has he come out as a tranny yet? Cause he sure does sound like a woman.

Par for the course in Weimerica.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener February 28, 2018 5:13 PM  

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Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener February 28, 2018 5:14 PM  

@83 It's an epically stupid move. Guns are one of the few products that the average person can't have shipped right to their door. Selling guns attracts walk-in customers who impulsively buy all sorts of other things. I go to Cabela's to look at guns frequently; rarely do I buy one. But I almost never leave the store without buying something.

Blogger Thucydides February 28, 2018 5:16 PM  

Given the host of companies that are virtue signalling over the NRA and weapons sales, maybe a rumour should be circulated that all these companies are being shorted on the stock market because of the anticipated drop in earnings.

Triggering a mass sell off in the markets against all these companies would be glorious

Blogger Ron February 28, 2018 5:41 PM  

@86

Selling guns attracts walk-in customers who impulsively buy all sorts of other things

See if these guys were smart, they'd use agree & amplify. Instead of banning guns, they'd expand their range of guns and even offer "buy 100$ worth of stuff and get a chance to get a free bump stock" or simply go out of their way to advertise their store as a "bump stock friendly zone"

Same thing with that stupid Jeni's ice cream. A competitor can seize her virtue signaling to offer "magnum ice cream now with extra bullets". OK, not the best rhetoric, but you get the idea.

People love to tweak the nose of the schoolmarm.

Blogger Pat Haney February 28, 2018 5:48 PM  

Didn't see where our intrepid interviewer thought to ask Mr. Virtue Signal if he had sold any bullets to the killer.

It's been years since I darkened the doors of a Dick's. And my recollection is I either didn't find what I was after, or it was more than I wanted to pay. I've also only ever bought a gun once from a sporting goods store. Won't ever do it again.

I have a long long memory for this kind virtue signalling from retailers. I never, ever go back, even if they recant. I haven't been in a Target in ages. It would never occur to me to do so after what they did, even if there were no alternative.

I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Blogger The Stygian February 28, 2018 5:50 PM  

Dick's is overpriced and panders to soccer moms. However, maybe Stack could start testerone therapy or have his amygdala removed; or possibly change the chain's name to a more appropriate female body part that rhymes with wussy.

Blogger Lazarus February 28, 2018 5:53 PM  

@69

In today's daily dose of absolute, unbridled, uncontrollable savagery

It looks like that is former VP regular , Difster's work.

Blogger The Stygian February 28, 2018 6:01 PM  

Dick's is overpriced and caters to soccer moms. Maybe Stack could start intense testerone therapy or have his amygdala removed. The best case scenario would be replacing the chain's name to a name more appropriate that rhymes with wussies.

OpenID scribe324 February 28, 2018 6:15 PM  

Look at the two areas that Trump is caving to the Democrats on: DACA and Parkland. It seems his Achilles heel is kids.

This is a shame as it is going to cost him the House (and the Dems will vote to impeach) in 2018 and it will be his own fault. His whole, "You're afraid of the NRA" today when talking to Toomey was such BS. And then his "I'll ban Bump Stocks via executive order" shows he is doubling down. I don't get it. Why is he not smart enough to see what a colossal mistake he is making?
I expected him to sell out a bit on immigration, but not on guns

Blogger Ford Prefect February 28, 2018 6:21 PM  

@36: I've been to one BassPro and a couple of Cabellas. Assuming they're all representative, BassPro is better than Cabellas. However, they don't frequently seem to operate in the same areas. We have a Cabellas, but the nearest BassPro isn't near enough to shop there.

As for Dick's, it doesn't compare well with either BassPro or Cabellas.

Blogger Wild Ape February 28, 2018 6:26 PM  

Wasn't this the same cuck that banned assault weapons after the Sandy Hook shooting?

OpenID scribe324 February 28, 2018 6:31 PM  

More of Trump today:

"I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence.

“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.

Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to report potentially dangerous individuals with weapons.

“Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons,” Pence said.

“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump responded."

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 28, 2018 6:43 PM  

@9 "Our local Dick's has a very limited gun selection. It doesn't look like it's ever been a priority of theirs."

My Dick's (er.,. DICKS!) always has a very good selection of handguns (lotsa long guns, but I'm not educated to know what/which). Really experienced staff and ... well... doesn't matter, no more shopping there! (Never bought here anyway....)

Blogger James Dixon February 28, 2018 7:14 PM  

I see I left this pass without comment:

> Notice how it is almost never the founders of companies who ever do anything this stupid?

I don't think it's a coincidence that the current CEO of Enterprise is a woman who took over from the founder's son in 2013.

Blogger Jeremy Stroud February 28, 2018 7:27 PM  

I tried posting this earlier but google/blogspot got caught in a loop after I logged in:

I visited one of their original stores in Pennsylvania when I was there for a family reunion over a decade ago and was very impressed. A couple of years later they announced they were opening a store here in my home town (SoCal) and I was excited. That ended when they opened without a gun counter and when asked said they weren’t planning on putting one in. The only other time I went into the local one was to use a gift card I had been given and the only useful thing I could find was a Nalgene bottle. I haven’t been back since.

Walmart got rid of their gun counters in California but it wasn’t their choice, at least initially. The state DOJ audited them and came up with a boatload of paperwork errors and to avoid a multimillion dollar fine they agreed to remove the gun counters for one year. I guess at the end of the year they did the math and the actual firearm sales were not worth it. They still sell ammo and all the other accessories (unlike DICKS).

Blogger SemiSpook37 February 28, 2018 8:55 PM  

@94

Saw that exchange and the obvious creaming of the pants of every leftist in the Western Hemisphere. Methinks the GE is jerking folks around again, simply to get an idea of where the sensible line is. I don’t think what Pence was asking for was unreasonable (re: LOCAL interventions in the effort to prevent an issue, NOT Federal); the “screw due process” attitude from Trump was the usual waving of the red cape in front of the bull.

As for bump stocks, if the ATF doesn’t recognize them as being a legitimate issue, and military types are openly stating that automatic fire does more harm to a weapon that could potentially end up harming the shooter, why in the name of hell are people losing their minds over Trump’s desire to prohibit them?

Blogger Frank Brady February 28, 2018 8:58 PM  

Trump, the "God Emperor", has now caved on "regime change wars", repeal of ObamaCare, DACA, NAFTA repeal, federal spending, and the 2nd Amendment. Now I'm finally and really done. Vox, your loyalty is commendable but misplaced.

Blogger freddie_mac February 28, 2018 9:09 PM  

As guns are never off topic:

Any recommendations on pistols and rifles for women? This Glock (https://www.impactguns.com/glock-42-380-single-stack-764503910616.aspx) is touted as being a slimmer design for women/smaller hands, but what's the quality like?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 28, 2018 9:13 PM  

Seeing Feinstein rubbing her hands was hilarious , a million memes are born

Blogger Wynn Lloyd February 28, 2018 9:28 PM  

Those should be preferred anyway, imo. Firearms are usually fairly large purchases, so why not buy it locally?
Plus it's good to know Pawn Shop guys, It seems.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd February 28, 2018 9:30 PM  

Lol. That's black knighting at its finest.

Blogger Hammerli280 February 28, 2018 9:53 PM  

@100: The Glock 42 is a decent firearm. Glocks are known for being lightweight, reliable, durable...and in desperate need of trigger work. There are drop-in units available. My own carry piece is a Glock 43.

Blogger Owen February 28, 2018 10:10 PM  

Ah, Chicago. “I love the crime and dirt in New York but it’s just not COLD enough!”

Blogger DonReynolds February 28, 2018 11:16 PM  

I do not doubt in the least that every major gun retailer has already sent hearty words of encouragement to Dick's Sporting Goods. Oh...Please.....Please.....leave the growing market to us instead. You stick to tennis rackets and colorful tents. All the hippie outdoor types will love you for it.

Blogger Frank Brady February 28, 2018 11:19 PM  

This seems to suggest that if Donald Trump was playing 3 dimensional chess, he wasn't playing it against the Deep State or the Left. See http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/28/president-trump-asks-dianne-feinstein-add-assault-weapons-ban-school-safety-bill/

Blogger Moritz Krämer March 01, 2018 2:18 AM  

At this point, I'm seriously considering making wooden furniture for the AR-15, so it looks more like the carbine it is. Would prolly pay my way through college

Blogger LAZ March 01, 2018 6:56 AM  

@105. freddie_mac: .380 is a pea shooter. I personally have seen a guy take 6 hits from one and it didn't even slow him down. Go with at least 9mm (G43).

Having said that, Glocks are wide for their size, even single stacks. Almost every other sub-compact .380 and 9mm out there is slimmer. Which makes them more concealable and easier to handle for small-med hands.

I would suggest going to the nearest range and actually handling/shooting all the sub-compacts before purchase. You buy the ammo from them and can shoot any gun in their case in that caliber for the rental fee.

Check out the Ruger LC9s. It's 9mm and slimmer than any Glock. *Make sure it's the s version (gen2).

Blogger Duh-ave March 01, 2018 7:33 AM  

freddie_mac: For small stature and weak hands the Walther PK380 is hard to beat. The as yet undelivered S&W Shield 380 is targeted By S&W to overtake that position. If weakness is extreme try the Taurus M22 ( no need to rack the slide) but expect issues. Beretta has higher quality flip up barreled semi-autos from 22lr to 380 but I can only find them used.

Blogger McChuck March 01, 2018 7:39 AM  

Stockholders can now sue because the CEO has admitted he is driving down sales and the valuation of the company just for political posturing.

Blogger James Dixon March 01, 2018 8:58 AM  

> Check out the Ruger LC9s.

It's hard to go wrong with a Ruger pistol.

Blogger freddie_mac March 01, 2018 10:20 AM  

Thanks for everyone's advice and comments -- this will be very helpful when I go to the range.

Blogger MrNiceguy March 01, 2018 4:37 PM  

I was also going to suggest the Ruger LC9s. My wife had been carrying one for about 3 months now and loves it. I've found it very comfortable to shoot as well. I was looking for one for myself, but found a deal on a 9mm M&P Shield that was to good to pass up.
The important thing is that she's comfortable with it - shooting and carrying. If she's going to pack the .380 but leave the 9mm at home, better to have the .380.

Blogger Frank Brady March 01, 2018 10:53 PM  

@119 Exactly. Contrary to what some believe and posted, with the right ammunition a .380 is very effective against human targets. .380 ammunition from any major manufacturer with an XTP bullet will do just fine. Be advised, however, that a very light .380 can be pretty "snappy" and to some may seem to deliver more felt recoil than a 9MM.

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