It won't solve anything but it is certainly a touchy issue. Here is my take from a business major/gun owner/hunter/frequent shopper at Dick's point of view.
You have to remember Dick's isnt just a hunting store, even though that and my fishing stuff is about all I ever go there for. Its for golf, and excercise apparel, and heck, little league equipment for all sorts of sports. In a small town like Newtown, I bet that Dick's that is pulling those particular guns was probably where the kids that died, and survived that tragedy went to get their sports equipment. I live near Frederick and drive 20 miles to the Dick's in Hagerstown to get most of my hunting, fishing, and the little bit of excercise stuff I need. I personally can see and understand why that Dick's is pulling their guns from their shelves. Take a step out of our gun owner shoes, and into the shoes of a parent that just had a child die or even survive in this incident. If their child died but they had another child, a sibling of the dead child, and you wanted to cheer them up after burying your child. You walked into the Dick's 12 miles from home to try to get your kid's mind off this tragedy and think about the future of some spring little league baseball and your kid sees the guns on the shelf in Dicks. Chances are, that kid is going to flash back to Friday. Not good. Im an avid gun owner, and I am in the pry them from my cold dead hands club. This tragedy is another blow to gun owners, no doubt about it. But this is a temporary suspension in recognition of the incident, not a permanent ban of guns to all their stores nationwide. My guess is the result of this is no guns in that store for about 6 months(next fallish before hunting season) and when they do restock, there wont be any ARs. Nationwide...it depends on the reaction to this temporary pull of ARs as to whether they stock ARs or not again. But no way Dick's will pull all guns from their nationwide stores. As a Dick's manager, you have to weigh the publicity of temporarily pulling guns out of respect of the incident and to keep customers coming for the rest of your departments sales VERSUS missing out on some gun sales. There is still ammo, decoys, archery equipment, scents, and everything else that current gun owners would need still for sale at that Dicks though.
You guys have to remember Dick's is a business that sells more than just guns, and keeping the guns in that particular store would most likely effect the rest of their sales during the immediate future. They didnt take away the rest of their nation wide stores' gun and ammo stock, just the one close to the incident out of respect. I applaud them for temporarily doing that for the families. Not only that, but it was a smart business decision to temporarily do this to keep negative publicity out of their store. I know the Walmart by Columbine caught a ton of flack after that incident over them still selling guns and ammo afterwards.
Im sure the victim's families appreciate the gesture, however unneccesary of a gesture it was though. Ill take whatever wrath from you guys you want to throw at me or be called unamerican. Just remember, I took the time to step out of my shoes, and into the shoes of someone from that community. I still love my guns, and I know if Dick's in hagerstown pulls their gun supplies down, that they will still have the cheapest ammo around here, and there are other gun stores around the area to purchase my firearms.
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