by Countable | 3.1.18
First it was Dick’s, then Walmart, and now Kroger has joined the growing list of major retailers taking matters into their own hands to enact gun controls within their businesses.
Dick’s had removed assault rifles from their inventory at their sporting goods stores following the Sandy Hook massacre, but continued to sell them at their Field & Stream stores. In their extensive statement released on their website Tuesday they committed to several gun controls across all their retail locations.
No sales of assault rifles
No sales of firearms to persons under the age of 21
No sales of high capacity magazines
Consistent with historical policy, never sell bump stocks or similar products
Walmart followed suit on Wednesday, releasing a statement outlining their position. Since 2015 they have prohibited sales of assault rifles. They also require background checks for all customers, and do not subscribe to the law that sales will be released if a background check decision is not returned within three days. But now they are expanding their rules on gun sales to restrict sales of firearms to anyone under the age of 21.
They are also removing any "items from [their] website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys."
Thursday Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the country, announced that they would cease selling firearms via their Fred Meyer’s stores to anyone under 21. Per Politico, a company representative made a statement:
"In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we’ve taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales. Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun retailers."
In addition to the changes in their own policies, Dick’s went a step further, calling on legislators to enact "common sense gun reform", including:
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
Do you support these retailers enacting controls on gun sales within their businesses? Is this the kind of control via the market that should be how gun control happens, or do we also need legislation? What legislation, if any, do you think we need?
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— Asha Sanaker
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I love this!!! I can’t wait to see more stores and individuals taking initiative. It gives me hope when our government sucks but some people don’t. And these kids taking a stand, wow, so impressive, so inspired. I hate that it took this to finally do something but it’s happening. It’s all happening. Slowly but we are getting somewhere.
These businesses are doing what congress refuses to do and actually protecting us.
I support the retailers who had the courage to do the right thing. The Fourth District Court ruled that semi automatic assault weapons are not covered under the Second Amendment. Several states have banned them. What is Congress waiting on? The NRA does not get to make policy. This lobby must lose their power. Large magazine capacity should be banned. No guns bought by anyone under 21.
Everyone who truly supports the second amendment should boycott these businesses and take their money to someone else!!!
It’s a sad state of affairs when businesses are more responsive to what voters want than their political representatives. What do we hear from them: We shouldn’t pass laws because criminals won’t obey them. Well then why do we have laws then or, political representation if it is all so futile. I am not so simple minded to think that businesses are doing this out of the goodness of their heart. They are, for the most part amoral entities they are in tune with their customer”s opinion and that should be a sign to the politicians that they have been on the wrong side of this issue (and history) for a long time.It is my deepest hope that these people in congress get sent an ear-defending loud signal this election. We all owe this to the kids at Parkwood, Sandy Hook, the concert goers in Las Vegas and many other victims of this insanity. If you are listening, politicians, this has turned me into a single issue voter this coming election.
Amazing how America just takes care of our children without politicians!!! This is all because of the children that stepped up and said “enough is enough”!
Bravos to all who stepped up to the plate. Would that our so called politically elected free-loading representatives grew some morals and ethics and did the same and better to protect we the people instead of feathering their own nests on the blood of our children
I support any retailers right to sell or not sell any products they choose. However when they use their position to proclaim moral authority and lobby Congress, that is where I draw the line. Cya Dicks.
Bravo to these stores for caring about our children's lives...too bad the money grubbing dictator worshipping NRA slaves in the government don't give a damn!!!
I don't care how many retailers enact their own "gun control.". Our 2nd amendment rights are not up for grabs. That list is just going to be a growing list of places that won't get my money. Easy enough. People are retarded to think this will stop anything. Guns don't have the power to act on their own. People do. As long as there is evil in the world, there will be murder. Cain killed Abel with a rock. The world trade center was brought down by a plane. Oklahoma bombing....I could go on and on. Guns ARE NOT THE PROBLEM!!!!
It's halftime ladies and gents for the blue wave 🌊 push. We are Down By One point and we NEED this win to restore congressional balance. Likewise, one of the best ways to ensure Republicans don't lose their commitment to gun control after March 13th is to help pave a winning Democratic path for balance, meaning you don't have to agree with Conor Lamb's platform in order to utilize his partisan affiliation to restore congressional balance. Currently PA-18 polls have the Republican pundit Rick Saccone in the lead. But there is still time! If you are sincerely ready to engage in the restoration of our political rights and freedoms REACH OUT AND CONNECT. We must do everything we can to restore balance to this dictatorship doctrine. This means doubling down and burning the midnight oil necessary for Conor Lamb to be elected. The challenge: "Democrats are winning Republican-held seats in all sorts of elections since Donald Trump became president. They have flipped 39 state legislature seats. They won a US Senate seat in ruby Red Alabama back in December. 🥁They have not, however, actually won a seat in the US House that Republicans held at the beginning of Trump's term." 🥇As for the retailers, what they are doing is simply good societal marketing. And in this Corporate Dictatorship we are forced to live in, I failed to see why superior marketing approaches such as these would lack congressional support.
Businesses voluntarily having a conscience for the good of the people and not their bottom line? Hell officially froze over!
Their response makes me want to shop there even more!!
That’s a start.
Glad to see retailers stepping up to restrict gun sales. Government needs to ban assault weapons. Register and insure every firearm like we do automobiles. Legislate and enforce 100% background checks- no loopholes. That’s the minimum. Also let CDC research the topic of gun deaths and injuries.
I have to put this out there. STOP THE NAME CALLING. I have written about this on a number of occasions though most often directed toward the conservatives that can’t get beyond such name calling as “libtards”. But If it’s beneath the Conservatives then it is also beneath the Liberals. Such terms as freeloading, or money grubbing dictator are not helpful to our political discourse. I’m a highly educated moderate liberal who has reached my position over years of learning. I have advanced degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, History, and Education and have spent many years teaching and studying history, philosophy, and human psychology and have a deep understanding of our political system. No one has all of the answers and our founding fathers were smart enough to understand that our system would only survive if we took the high road to political compromise. I don’t agree with much that my conservative friends believe but I do know that they are as American as I am and that we all have a better view of reality when we can see it from multiple perspectives. I abhor the hard core views on both sides because they seem bound and determined to rule without considering that our representative must serve all of their constituents. Even those they disagree with. So come on raise the bar and step up to a more civilized debate.
The Second Amendment is very clear, “ The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. Any type of gun control is an infringement on our inalienable right! Gun control does not work to prevent shootings! There is a much bigger picture in our immoral indoctrinated culture by the Liberals! Besides that, the largest act of genocide is the murder of innocent unborn children called abortion! The Liberals with their political correctness have ruined our nations morals!
It’s time for Courteous & Respectful Discussions. I’m taking my first time in agreeing with a Countable participant by name - GERALD, whom is of the apparent opposite political persuasion then what I am. I also abhor the hard core views on both sides because they seem bound and determined to rule without considering that our representative must serve all of their constituents. Even those they disagree with. So come on raise the bar and step up to a more civilized debate. Some folks can be counted on to spread their hatred rhetoric each and every posting. And what’s the point of the constant use of vulgar and negative 👎🏻 language. It just belittles the commentary being put forth. Their common response is, if you don’t likely, then don’t read it. * Why don’t we be seeing, more comments that offer compromise ever of views, across political party lines. I suspect that many folks opinion is one of “It’s their way or the highway” and never will the two shall sadly meet. We we just need more open commentary, free of derogatory negative comments, and more opportunities of crossing party lines with ideas to obtain a consensus of views. 3*1*18.
This is really a great start, and we have a very dedicated group of students to thank for it! However, it is really only the beginning. We need Congress to follow suit. It's imperative that they enact common sense gun control laws that keep people from hunting people.
I completely agree with the actions these stores have taken. Yes- Dicks Sporting Goods made suggestions and why not? They are merely suggesting to the government to DO SOMETHING. Real change almost always starts from the ground up - not the other way around like too many people think (look at our nation's history and it is pretty easy to see how it works!). Case in point, blacks boycotting public bus transportation which led to no segregation on buses! Women demonstrating and lobbying to get the right to vote! The largest loophole regarding gun shows still remains though. It makes no sense to not always do background checks. If you don't it's like saying all of our doors at school are locked, except one or two. So we do background checks except here and here... That makes no sense. No one is taking away our second amendment rights. To drive a semi-truck, you need a certain license - but you know trucks don't kill people - people do - right? Drunk driving is against the law, and yes people still do it. However, strict laws reduce the number of these violations and deaths as do seat belt laws! Certain things are regulated for good reason and guns should be too. No one is taking away your guns people. It is just time to add some common sense to the purchasing of these weapons. It is a huge responsibility to own a weapon. To drive a car, you take a written test and a driving test, why don't we require the same for a weapon that has the potential to kill? Why is that such a controversial idea? I completely agree that we have the right to own a gun, but let's bring some common sense to it and stop worrying that if gun ownership is regulated that we won't be able to own a gun anymore. That's a scare tactic and it's nonsense!