Well, if you're wanting an AR or even a paintball or air soft gun that resembles one, don't come to Dick's. We no longer sell them #crazy—
Brooks Davis (@BrooksD_60) December 18, 2012
In the wake of last week’s Newtown massacre, national chain Dick’s Sporting Goods is pulling guns from its displays in stores near Newtown and suspending the sale of “modern sporting rifles” nationwide.
Dick's Sporting Goods, one of largest sporting goods retailers in the world, is suspending sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles.—
Margo Howard (@Margoandhow) December 18, 2012
Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of Modern Rifles in their stores, and guns altogether near Newtown, CT—
Zac Coffman (@ZacCoffman) December 18, 2012
Dick’s issued the following statement:
We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community.
Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide.
We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy.
Dick's Sporting Goods for company of the month. They are no longer selling assault weapons. Ever. Anywhere.—
Helen Frink (@helenfrink) December 18, 2012
Well, not exactly. As of now, the suspension is only temporary. Still, gun control advocates are lavishing praise on the company:
Dick's sporting goods is pulling semi automatic weapons off the shelves. Temporarily. Hallelujah! Here's to making it permanent.—
Cindy Dashnaw (@cdashnaw) December 18, 2012
Very proud of Dick's Sporting Goods for removing the bushmaster assault rifle, the weapon used in the Newtown shooting, from their stores.—
Jacob Jones (@_jacob_jones_) December 18, 2012
Thank you Ed Stack, CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods and an old friend, for suspending sales of modern rifles in your 500 stores.—
JSA SUALUM (@JSASUALUM) December 18, 2012
Thank you Dick's Sporting goods for supporting the Friday's victims and making the right decision.—
Kelly Dwyer (@Daz4Kelly) December 18, 2012
But many more are not nearly as pleased at the news.
It's a bit discouraging to see all the negative reactions to Dick's Sporting Goods deciding to pull their assault rifles.—
Dan Highbrown (@Arcticc) December 18, 2012
In what should come as no surprise, proponents of gun rights are quite disgusted by what they see as capitulation to the anti-gun lobby:
What Dick's Sporting Goods has done is precisely the kind of reactionary post-Newtown, CT response the Obama administration was hoping for.—
Darrell B. Harrison (@deacondarrell) December 18, 2012
And, from the looks of things, regardless of how long the suspension lasts, Dick’s will be losing a lot of customers:
Dick's Sporting Goods just suspended the sale of semi automatic weapons. I won't be shopping there anymore.—
Sentinel (@Marine_Sentinel) December 18, 2012
So long Dick’s…yes, that has two meanings.
They just lost this customer! Dick's Sporting Goods Suspends Rifle Sales At All Stores businessinsider.com/dicks-sporting… clusterstock %28ClusterStock%29—
ShellyLynneGriffitt (@shellslynne) December 18, 2012
I was on my way to Dick's Sporting Goods to do some Christmas shopping. Not any more and never again. They no longer sell guns.—
Joseph Howes (@BetweenRichards) December 18, 2012
I won't be shopping at Dick's.—
Tish (@KamaainaInOC) December 18, 2012
Dick's has removed AR15s from shelves nationwide and all firearms from the store near Newtown. Fuck you. No more of Adam's money for you.—
Adam Martello (@TheAdamMartello) December 18, 2012
Online firearms retailer Cheaper Than Dirt has also suspended gun sales (though, interestingly, it is still selling gun accessories), and Walmart has pulled an online ad for a gun made by the same manufacturer as the gun used by Adam Lanza.
Cheaper Than Dirt and Dick's just lost my business.—
J Bryan Baker (@JBB2319) December 18, 2012
Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods and Cheaper Than Dirt just lost my business until they change their minds.—
Jonathan Stephens (@jc_step) December 18, 2012
Fortunately, as of now, Walmart has no plans to halt gun sales. Let’s hope they continue to stand up for the Second Amendment.