Retailers start to pull some rifles from shelves
Dick's Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart suspend some gun sales after last week's shooting in Connecticut.
Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) has suspended sales of its modern rifles nationwide. It's also taken all of the guns off the shelves at its store near Newtown, Conn., where a 20-year-old gunman opened fire at an elementary school last week, killing 20 children and six educators.
The company said it took those actions out of respect for the victims and their families in this time of national mourning.
The gunman, Adam Lanza, used one of the Bushmaster AR-15 guns in his deadly rampage. A semi-automatic version of the weapon is popular for civilian sporting use, The Dallas Morning News reports. The large retailers selling assault weapons include Dick's, Cabela's (CAB) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
Wal-Mart has stopped showing the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 rifle on its website as well, according to The Nation. There is no word whether Wal-Mart will stop selling the weapon at its stores, however. But Wal-Mart's site still shows that it's selling other guns at its stores, including the Sig Sauer M400.
Cabela's meanwhile, has stocked up on guns and ammunition heading into the fourth quarter -- largely a bet on surging gun sales after the presidential election. Here's what CEO Thomas Millner said in October, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle:
"At least coming in to the fourth quarter, we’ve taken a pretty aggressive position in inventory commitment to both guns and ammunition. So that’s a starting point. Clearly, if the president’s re-elected, I would expect some surge beyond the current levels, which are really good. And if Gov. Romney is elected ... I still think we’re gonna see gun growth next year. It probably won’t be at the same pace. ... So it’s probably a difference of degrees as we sit here today, but we’re doing a lot of stuff in our stores to make sure we are the easiest, fastest place to shop for your firearms purchases."
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Read your history. Sadly massive savagery has been going on long before the advent of assault rifles (Genghis Kahn is notorious example).
A couple things to consider:
1) You'll never be able to round-up all the guns that gun control advocates dislike (If we can't find 12 million illegal immigrants, how do we expect to find the estimated 300 million guns in America - many locked away in homes and gun safes)?
2) Even if you could snap your fingers and magically eliminate all guns, would you really want that? Guns are used for good and evil. It was the advent of guns - a great equalizing force - that led to the end of serfdom and despotic rule by warlords. Once the general population had the ability to stop the brutes/savages from pillaging, robbing, raping and killing at will - the life of the average person improved greatly. They experienced hope and freedom.
3) Gun laws deprive law-abiding citizens of guns - but criminals ignore them. Take a look at Chicago and Washington DC - both of which have the biggest gun crime problem in the country - but banned handguns for decades. Gun crime grew under the gun bans because criminals ignored the bans and knew they were very unlikely to meet armed resistance from law-abiding victims. Concealed carry with proper training/licensing has actually reduced gun violence where it is allowed and even conveys benefits to those who don't carry - because the bad guys never know if their victim will be armed.
4) The Founding Fathers clearly believed armed citizens were vital to protecting against aggressors "both domestic and foreign". It's pretty clear one of their biggest fears - having experienced it in England - was government overreach. During WWII Japan considered an invasion of the U.S. but decided against it when their Admiral Yamamoto - who had spent time in the U.S. - warned that they would face "... a gun behind every blade of grass".
Bottom line, any additional gun control legislation must be carefully considered and not an (understandable) "knee-jerk" reaction to the terrible and unfathomable tragedy in Connecticut. For each proposed law we must ask "Would it have stopped the tragedy?" and "Does the proposed restriction demonstrably degrade the protections given to us by the Founding Fathers via the Constitution and Bill Of Rights?"
While we're at it we should also ask ourselves if it's really wise to expose our kids to all the numbing violence found in many video games, TV shows and movies. Unfortunately, I'm betting many of those wishing to restrict gun rights would be appalled at the idea of government infringing on their entertainment choices.
Illegal sales of guns will rise....thanks...now I will have to go find some too...at least they can not track them to me now I guess...Just hope i dont buy one that has been use in illegal situations.But since i wont be able to buy them legally it doesnt matter right.
To penalize the law abiding citizens for the act of one nut is ridiculus. The knee jerk reaction by the elected officials is scary. They have, by their threats to restrict guns and ammo, has convinced me, along with thousands of others who never even thought of buying a gun, to go out and get one now. How about limiting the size of the magazines, lengthen the waiting period so that a real back round check can be done. Hold to hose who cannot secure their guns properly accountable......
Government reaction scares the hell out of me. As tragic as this incident is, we still forget that those nut jobbers always seem to get the weapon they need one way or another. NO EASY ANSWER.
@Dfpotec: of course you wont eliminate mass murder, that's not the point. Its big companies, doing their small part to try and do SOME good, however small it may be.... Its a gesture, a statement, and a step in the right direction. They aren't trying to eliminate it completely with this decision, you're missing the point.
When I first read this I didn't understand the logic, but i had someone explain a theory... if these stores stop selling automatic weapons, and only sell single ammo, etc, then that's less people who MAY get their hands on that sort of weapon to do large amounts of damage. And of course they can go elsewhere to get it, but maybe the decision to stop selling such weapons to the public will catch on... who knows.
And yes, they can find other ways to do mass destruction, but the point is to make it HARDER, not EASIER for them to do so. Stop being negative and embrace the POSITIVE gestures that are coming from this awful situation....
We can't just take away the toys of millions of self-centered, selfish, "I got mine" American patriots!!! Heck those people earned the right to bear arms, any kind of arms, the day they were born a read-blooded American, natural hero. How unjust! How unfair! It's their right and one that they earned through hard work and faithful dues paying to the NRA.
Ain't life a bear!!! Guess they can ignore the pictures of those innocent kids and their teachers?
I wish these gun activists would get together at a national rallye or meet and have a championship where they get a chance to use their guns in some sort of combat game. Of course we could let them use their 30 round clips and live ammo to play! They are a bunch of selfish idiots in my book!!
There are so many hateful, mean, rude people in our world, I cant help but wonder Why go after the young children who are so innocent, sweet forgiving, loving. They have not hurt anyone.
Gosh if you are made at the world go after the bad, the mean. not the harmless little sunshine of the world.
And what about the mental health issues in this country???
Why isn't anyone addressing this topic????
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