- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Dick’s Sporting Goods has just lost a ton of business due to its politically correct gun control move, post-Parkland school shooting.

Justice served.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., which owns Mossberg guns, announced they would no longer deal with Dick’s. And that was just after MKS Supply, the maker of Hi-Point firearms, and Springfield Armory pulled business from Dick’s as well.

The backlash is hardly surprising.

Mess with Americans’ guns and Americans will use their voices — via purchasing power — to mess back. Dick’s made a sorry misstep in the wake of the horrific Parkland shooting by announcing the end of sales of “assault-style weapons” at all of its stores, and a new ban on sales of certain types of firearms to those under the age of 21 — and, more recently, the hiring of lobbyists to sell a gun control message to congressional members on Capitol Hill.

Soft on the Second Amendment?

That’s Dick’s new look. And competitors, gun industry movers and shakers, and the American public have noticed.

“We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong,” said MKS Supply President Charles Brown, in a statement. “We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. … [We’re] standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream.”

What else to say?

Look for Dick’s, come Christmas time, to go the way of Sears — meaning, closures are on the horizon. The American people, loud and clear, have spoken.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.


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