Whereas Republican lawmakers stand firmly in the way in which of something which may scale back gun violence, the CEO of 1 main retail chain put lots of of tens of millions of dollars in revenue on the road—and took $5 million in assault weapons instantly out of play. Ed Stack, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Items (and son of the corporate’s founder), advised CBS Information that he didn’t cease along with his extremely publicized transfer of stopping gross sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and all gun gross sales to individuals underneath 21 after the Parkland college capturing, a transfer he made after discovering out that the shooter had purchased a shotgun at Dick’s, and a transfer that value the chain round $250 million.
Stack was confronted with the choice of what to do with the assault-style weapons Dick’s had in inventory on the time the chain stopped promoting the weapons. “I mentioned, ‘You realize what? If we actually suppose these items must be off the road, we have to destroy them.” So that they did, turning $5 million of weapons into scrap steel.
A professional-assault-weapons advocate advised CBS Information that “If they do not need weapons, that is their proper. It feels actually anti-American to start out creating public coverage by way of company coverage.” Which is an enchanting assertion, as a result of it’s a horrible factor to have the federal government cede accountability for progress to companies, however sadly it’s a very American factor to have occur. And if congressional Republicans would move an assault weapons ban—a very talked-about coverage—then it wouldn’t be left as much as company CEOs.