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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Cabelas did not stop selling, they stocked up. Read before you type.
They triedbanning before and it didn't do a thing to slow the murder rate. Our country has spawned
a teen thru 20 something culture that feels everything should be handed to them on a silver
platter. They sit on their butts and play violent video games all day, have no idea where a church is
and could give 2 cents about anyone but themselves. I should back up and say not all but a good majority seem to fit the picture. Parents, turn off the video games, get your kids around a dinner table
at least once a day and GO TO CHURCH!
Drugs don't kill people, people using drugs do.
Why does the gun crowd support drug bans?
Dicks and Walmart only carries junk anyways. You have to go to a gun shop and buy something that is at least 30 years old to get a gun worth buying. I was in the Army in the late 90's we used the M-16A2 which the AR-15 is model after. The M-16A2 is a piece of junk and so is the AR-15. By the way the AR-15 is not an assualt rifle. It only looks like one... It is an semi-auto that fires a .223 round. Not even close to being an assualt weapon. That classification should go to a fully automatic that fires a 7.62 round or larger.
To those who don't beleive that we should own such weapons I just have to say (and you can call me a crazy nut bag but history can prove me right) eventually we as private citizans are going to have to protect ourselves from our government. If they have all the weapons we stand no chance. Simple handguns, shotguns, and rifles won't do it.
I've got a custom 1000 yard rifle being built as I type this. As far as firearms in my collection, the new rifle will make number 37.
That is not including my legally owned NFA firearms and items such as,
2 submachine guns
1 shoulder fired machinf gun
1 belt-fed machine gun
4 suppressors (silencers for the uninformed masses)
I'm not wealthy enough to own rockets, mortars, or any such thing. Maching guns are expensive enough to feed. Thanks to the government making newly-made automatic weapons non-transferrable, I put 2 kids through college for a $20,000 1983 investment in automatic weapons.
The government goes after weapons that LOOK like assault weapons. The real automatic weapons became excellent money makers for those that understand the government is stupid.
What about Video War games,Video Games with full of Killings etc.
That its normal to sell to kids and after few years people is surprised why some sick kid killing innocent people?
Now the small Gun shops have a chance.
We need NUT CONTROL, not GUN CONTROL.
There are plenty of companies that make GUN SAFES.
If guns kill people...than
Pencels make people misspell words
Cars make people drive drunk
And spoons made Rosie O'donnell fat.....Right
As a Christian, I sadly agree that the Church has not been doing its job in our society. We have been too busy living the American life and chasing after the same vain things that the rest of this dying world has been pursuing. This self-serving lukewarm attitude has neglected our responsibility not only to tell, but to also to demonstrate the reality of the love of God and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ who has made eternal life a reality for all who choose to believe and follow Him. That said, I do believe that America's problem is a spiritual one.
In our soul-searching over this tremendous loss in Connecticut, may we truly be willing to look at what has happened to our nation, once founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. Gun violence is merely a symptom of a far worse sickness that is afflicting us as a people. We live in a society that has determined that there should be no such thing as God-given truth. We have elevated a philosophy that everyone can do what is right in their own eyes and things will continue to go along well, and even get better. How could we ever have duped ourselves into thinking that the God of the Bible is no longer needed for us to function as a healthy society?
Since the 1960’s, we have pushed God out of our schools, out of our government, out of our stores, out of our public squares, out of our press, out of our marriages and out of our families. We have even pushed Him out of some of our churches. We have twisted the original intention of the separation of Church and State and purged His ways from being our guide for living. We have set ourselves on a mission to silence the God of the Bible, as we pursue our pleasures and vain pursuits of life. Our entertainment industry is now driven by sexual immorality and extreme violence and we flock to watch it, intoxicated by perversion. We are rapidly losing sight of what a healthy family looks like anymore. We try to remedy this by creating redefinitions of what a family is. Then we somehow are surprised when the offspring of our redefinitions turn on us in revenge. While shocked by the loss of these precious school children this past week, there seems to be little concern over the 3,000,000 innocent unborn children whose lives we passively allow to be snuffed out every year by our abortion industry. Since 1973, we now are missing 1/8 of our nation’s population due to our self-serving use of abortion, and yet, we shamelessly continue to push forward in this, even supporting the use of tax dollars to take more innocent lives. Because we, as a nation, have refused to stop this genocide, we now have the blood of all of these innocent ones on our hands!
Mere gun control is not the answer to cure the woes of America. We are sick and dying in spirit, soul and body. We must end our hostility toward the only One who has our remedy. We must admit that we are the problem. We have created the culture that is now breaking down. It is not God's fault. We have chosen to ignore His ways. Our condition is critical and it is high time for us to turn back to Him and His Truth. He, alone, offers what we truly need to heal our land.
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