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.

By Kim Peterson Dec 18, 2012 11:03AM
Credit: Seth Perlman/AP
Caption: Steve Swartz, owner of Capitol City Arms Supply, shows off some of the rifles for sale in Springfield, Ill.,While politicians go back and forth about the future of gun control, some retailers are already making a statement and pulling assault weapons from their stores.

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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Dec 20, 2012 4:47PM
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My E-mail to FOX News, although it applies to all of the media outlets:

To whom it may concern,

STOP IT! Newtown, Columbine, etc. These events are virtually ALL YOUR FAULT! Stop turning loser **** loners into superheroes whose names are household words. Some troubled loner kid with mental issues who in the past may have chosen to kill himself and become nothing m...ore than a local story can now be a household name; lionized in the nation’s history. "Yeah they will all finally know who I am!!!" he'll think to himself. When we’re dealing with day after day 24hrs of NEWTOWN TRAGEDY on TV, How can you and the rest of the media not realize that you are the driving force behind much of these mass shootings? The real tragedy in all of this is you have sold your souls for ratings and money.

Fox news I realize is not responsible for 911, or Syria, the fiscal cliff, etc. This is a different story. Here you have some direct connection to the next guy who will try to one-up this event as he goes for "the record" in attempt at going out in the next blaze of glory. He'll be expecting his own 24/7 coverage, with his own “tragedy graphics”, and “theme music” on all the major media outlets. His face will be all over the internet, his every utterance since birth analyzed, and Shepard Smith or Greta Van Sustren talking about him like they were old friends. The President of the United States will talk about him on live TV and millions around the globe will know and marvel at what he has done. You’ve interviewed 8 year olds at the scene of this shooting. How heartless is that?! The coverage is disgusting and exploitative.

Who pays for this in the end? Who pays for your epic ratings and "scoop"? WE DO! My children in school, the teachers who have to worry if their classrooms are safe, and the community at large all have to worry about the next disturbed attention whore because you made the last one a celebrity! I have a gun safe with a few weapons. What will I and millions of other law abiding Americans do when you have sensationalized us into gun control frenzy and the ATF shows up at our doors to collect up semi-automatic weapons? What will the unseen consequences be from your irresponsible reporting? Some people will not willingly give up their guns. Will thousands of people again be killed in an effort to collect these guns? Think of the ratings from this. WOW! You will make millions. The coverage by my favorite media outlet, FOX; and all the other networks has been disgusting and put the American people in danger from the next mentally unstable loner nut job. You should be ashamed.

Dec 20, 2012 4:47PM
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but I thought most gun nuts liked dicks?
Dec 20, 2012 4:47PM
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Why? You are accomplishing nothing by taking those guns off the shelf.  You are just drawing more attention to them, which doesn't matter those guns never armed anyone. 

You can not create legislation for 300 million people because of the actions of less than 1000th of 1 percent of the people are defective mentally.  At least to the point they would murder people. Because at least 15% of the people today are fracked in one way or another.

Dec 20, 2012 4:47PM
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It is time that the retailers and gun salesmen take responsibility for what they sell.....like junk from china that is killing Americans and pets!!!!    Sick people are gonna think of these things and if there isn't a gun handy, maybe, just maybe, they will out themselves before they can do any damage................the key is to monitor sick and mentally ill people......sorry, but I would rather have them on a watch list than to be burying a child...........this sickos mother should NOT HAVE HAD GUNS IN HER HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!  What was she thinking...oh, maybe she was gonna protect herself from HIM............the sicko son............now that makes sense!!!   If she was afraid of him, she should have had him committed.............get over it.....you CAN'T HELP ALL OF 'EM!!!   Some just need to be where they public is safe FROM them!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Dec 20, 2012 4:47PM
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guns dont kill people, people kill people. that punk in con. if he didnt have a gun, he woulda used a knife or a bat or whatever, he was  going to kill people, he just got a hold of his moms weapons. so all you frickin liberals quit whining, its not the guns, its the idiots behind them.

Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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Lets see now. The government passes a law banning assault type guns. Once that is completed it is a very short step to banning semi-automatic hunting guns. Then a short step to semi-automatic hand guns. Then a short step to shotguns. Then a short step to revolvers. Then a short step to ANY firearm whatsoever. Then "they" just come and get whatever or whomever they want.

I wonder if all of the games that these kids are watching / playing day after day after day where they are blowing people to bits (body parts flying everywhere) is effecting them at all.....when the game is over, everybody is O.K.  That is not reality. We are "programming" them little by little. In "game life" it seems to be O.K. to kill everything is sight, so why not go into the real world and do the same thing??

There are so many problems that I am afraid that we have gone a bit too far.

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This is the stupidest thing I ever heard of,   Why not stop selling cars because of DWI deaths, Stop selling cell phones because of text message deaths, uhhhh the list goes on and on and on.  

This is all people responsible  death and killing.

      Guns are not the problem,   People are the problem.   People are killers.  If that scum bag that shot those kids could not get a gun , he would have used a pipe bomb or poisoned the lunch , whatever,   people JUST DON'T GET IT,   The a-----e killed himself  so there is no one to blame or prosecute so let go after the guns.   

            I am a parent and I am sickened by what happened   But I am also a gun owner, 

Looks like some businesses will do anything for sales , like gain sympathy over kids deaths, so  WE WILL STOP SELLING GUNS,  Yeha  right   lets see what there doing in 6 months.

 

More scumbag  manuvers.

                                     

Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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Thumbs up to Walmart and Cabela's for not reacting to the irrational attitude of the anti-gun crowd, who seem to think that more gun laws will help psychopaths to become law abiding citizens. Law abiding citizens have the responsibility and the right to defend themselves and their families against the law breakers and lunatics who prey on the defenceless of society. This was graphically demonstrated last Friday- what more defenceless segment of society than children? Taking away the ability of the lawful to defend themselves and those under their care is not common sense. Last week in China a mad man went into a school and killed 20+ children with a knife! Is the answer to that to take away all knives?

Winston Churchill said it well: "A gentleman will seldom if ever need a pistol. However, if he does, he needs it very badly." The ability to defend yourself does not make you uncivilized, it protects you from those who really are uncivilized.

Walmart and Cabela's will continue to get my business as long as they continue to conduct their business in a sane and rational manner.

Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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What if you got to keep all your guns, but mentally unstable individuals could not? What if you got to keep all your guns, but violent felons could not? What if you got to keep all your guns, but the person planning the next act of terrorism on US soil could not simply go to a gun show and walk out with a van full of easily converted to fully automatic weapons? You keep yours, provided you’re not mentally ill, violent felon, or a terrorist, and they give up theirs. What if that cut the murder rate in ½? What if it saved someone you love?

“God Bless America, Land That I Love!”

Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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The events of last week were a tragedy. What i can't stand is the knee jerk reactions to this and every other tragedy that unfolds. America was founded on rights. The country has a right to own and to bear arms. To pull guns from shelves and to make proclamations and appointments to new committee's simply ignores the real problem and is, as always for USA, the lazy approach. Why should we take away the rights to own guns, but we refuse to force treatment on those who are mentally defective. A gun used correctly is simply a tool. A defective mind is always dangerous. Remove from society if need be all those deemed mentally defective if they refuse to treat their problems. If we are going to start restricting gun rights every time a tragedy occurs then the same goes for civil rights, in regards to treatment for cases of mental in-stability. I have less of a problem locking the crazies up then i do with restricting responsible adults from legal activities. 
Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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I WILL NEVER SHOP AT DICK'S SPORTING GOOD AGAIN... ABSOLUTE IDIOTS... DICKS SPORTING GOODS IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION AND ARE TRAITORS... WHY NOT CLOSE DOWN THE STORES AND OPEN THEM UP IN CANADA OR AUSTRALIA... NEVER WILL I SHOP THERE AGAIN...
Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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The sale of guns will now probably go under-ground if not sold in stores.  The young man that killed those children and educators at the elementary had guns kept at his home.  A disturbed young man in a home with guns!!  His Mom did not even have the guns locked up, as if that would have helped.  I don't have the answers but I do know that if someone wants something bad enough, there will be ways to get it.  Why not tougher Laws and Judges?  Our Court System is all for the 'bad guys'.  They have more laws protecting them than the law-biding people.  Our country makes it very easy to be a 'bad guy or bad gal' because they know the consequences probably more than likely will  'not be that bad'.  They are usually right!!
Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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Mob rules. Good luck. Without compromise, we are truly lost.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the or the ; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven (5:17-20).

Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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A coward uses a gun, a women stands up to evil to save children, and loss her life and all you have to say is Bo Ho don't take my guns what a sick bunch of $#^$&&*
Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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Lets see; I'll bet that all of the gang members and criminals have gotten rid of their AR 15s, Bushmasters, AK 47s and all other so-called assault rifles out of respect for the residents of Newtown, Conn.------NOT! Now Wal Mart and Dicks are doing Obama's job for him and telling us what weapons we can and can't buy; WTF? Who are they to decide what we need or don't need? Remember a few years back out in California when the cops had to go to gun shops and beg for AR 15s to try to stop a pair of bank robbers; their superiors told them that they didn't need a rifle like that in a patrol car.  The bad guys have those guns, why shouldn't we?
Dec 20, 2012 4:46PM
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Ya know, again, its not the guns, its the person holding it. Obama can crunch out a plan of action for gun control in 4 days, but can't make a plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff. Good luck on your gun plan. Hell lets ban sex, it is the only cause of abortion.  
Dec 20, 2012 4:45PM
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I have grew up with guns, my dad was a sniper in WWII, and we have both been hunters all our lives. I have and will keep guns, but.......I have never had and see no reason for anyone to have, other than police officials, swat, etc. to have assault rifles and the like.
Can anyone honestly tell me that these are any more needed for the average person than a bazooka? I don't think so. 
And don't give me the argument that this will be the first step to banning all guns. There are too many gun owners who will never let that happen.
Dec 20, 2012 4:45PM
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Adam Lanza's mom bought guns to protect herself. She was killed with her own guns. Gun owners are 3 times more likely to die by firearms than those who don't own guns. That's a fact. Gun owners only endanger themselves by owning guns.

Dec 20, 2012 4:44PM
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Symbolism over substance.  Respect for the children and adults who died is a wonderful thought, but removing AR15 guns from sale accomplishes nothing....If honest law abiding citizens want to buy an AR15, there are thousands of gun stores that are selling them.  I see on the internet there are an estimated figure of 75,000 AR15 guns have been sold since this horrific act of killing these 27 people.....I would surmise for self defence.  These are not assault weapons (liberal media word)  they are defence weapons.
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