Applaud Dick’s Sporting Goods for Taking a Stand Against Gun Violence

Target: Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods

Goal: Support the decision to stop selling assault-style rifles at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in light of the tragic Florida shooting.

In response to the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school, Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that it will enact new policies and restrictions at all of its stores to help protect Americans from the epidemic of gun violence. This is a hugely important step and sets a positive example that should be followed across the country by retailers as well as lawmakers, who must take responsibility and action in light of so many senseless tragedies. The company has committed to stop selling assault-style rifles across the board, stop selling high capacity magazines, and stop selling firearms to any person under the age of 21.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is one of the largest sports retailers in the U.S. and one of the largest chain retailers of firearms. Upon learning that the 19-year-old shooter in Parkland, FL purchased a weapon from a Dick’s store, CEO Ed Stack saw the need for change. That weapon was not used in the shooting at the high school, but Stack was still rightly concerned that, as he stated, “We did everything that the law required, and still he was able to buy a gun.” This made it clear to CEO Stack that “the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.”

The company stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough….we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic.” Stack also said, “We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself. We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened and with these guns, we don’t want to be part of this story.” Alongside these commitments, Dick’s Sporting Goods also urged elected officials to follow suit and enact “common sense gun reform,” illustrating that it is possible to prioritize the safety of American citizens and children without infringing on rights. Lawmakers and gun sellers nationwide have a responsibility to do just that. Sign below to support the stand taken by Dick’s Sporting Goods and the example it has set for the country.


Dear CEO Stack,

Thank you for heeding the call of Americans—especially students—calling for action in response to the rampant gun violence in our country. Your recognition of the failings of our current system, and your commitment to prioritizing the safety of America’s children, sets a positive example for the rest of the country and marks an important step forward in stopping senseless tragedies.

It is our responsibility to protect all U.S. citizens, and especially children, from this terrible violence, and it is clear that the policies that are currently in place are failing to do that. Dick’s Sporting Goods’ announcement that it will no longer sell assault-style rifles or high capacity magazines, and will no longer sell to those under the age of 21, truly raises the bar. It respects the Second Amendment while acknowledging that action must be taken to protect America’s youth. Thank you for stepping up and taking that action.


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Photo Credit: Genevieve Prentice

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  2. Tina shurtleff says:

    I will only buy my sporting goods at Dicks now. They have put children’s lives before profit. I applaud them.

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