Praise Retailer for Ending Sale of Assault-Style Rifles

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

Goal: Praise Dick’s Sporting Goods for its decision to stop selling semi-automatic rifles in their stores, and for raising the age minimum to purchase a gun to 21.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports retailers in the United States, has vowed to stop selling semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines in their stores. This move was in response to the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, in which a 19-year-old former student murdered 17 students and staff. This tragedy, among a string of school shootings in recent years, has yet again sparked the debate around gun control. This time, however, the students themselves are the ones organizing and demanding politicians to take action. Businesses and politicians alike are taking notice.

It was revealed that the shooter had also purchased a shotgun from Dick’s Sporting Goods, and this information contributed to the CEO’s decision to ban assault-style rifles, high-capacity magazines, and other tools that help rifles fire more rapidly. Furthermore, the store is now requiring customers to be at least 21 to purchase a gun.

Unsatisfied with current gun legislation, the company is urging elected officials to ban assault-style firearms, require customers to be at least 21 to purchase guns, require background checks that include mental health information and history with the law, and end loopholes that waive background checks.

Other large names like Hertz and Delta Airlines have severed ties with the National Rifle Association, hoping to bring more awareness to gun violence and to push for more effective leglislation. Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack made an admirable choice—one that all sports retailers and gun sellers should follow. Sign the petition below to praise his efforts in helping end gun violence.


Dear Mr. Stack,

Recently, you released a statement saying that Dick’s Sporting Goods stores will no longer be selling assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines, and that you now require customers to be at least 21 years of age before they can purchase a gun. Furthermore, you are urging elected officials to require universal background checks that include mental health information and interactions with the law. These responses to the Florida high school shooting are extremely appropriate and necessary.

I thank you for your understanding and sympathy towards the victims, not just of this recent shooting, but of all gun violence in the past. Your move to ban assault-style rifles in your stores might help pave the way for other sports retailers to follow. Assault-style rifles should not be easily obtained; they do not belong in the hands of young adults who have a history of mental health problems and violence. I hope that you continue to fight for sensible gun legislation and help ensure that the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will never be repeated again.


[Your Name here]

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  1. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Good move by all means but why take so many years and hundreds of deaths before you found a conscience?

  2. GEN AGUSTSSON says:

    good for dicks!

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