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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As my husband likes to say when something like this happens, it's not a hardware problem, it's a software problem. The problem isn't the gun, it's the person holding it. Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns will do nothing to deter criminals. As JerseyAl says, what happened when we outlawed drugs? Alcohol?
People have been killing each other since Cain brained Abel with a rock. What now; we outlaw rocks? The Murrah Federal Building in Oklaholma City was blown up using a bomb made of fertilizer and desiel fuel. I could go on, but why bother? Just don't expect to see us drinking Obama's Kool-Aid at the local NRA chapter meeting.
More Guns, More Guns, More Guns !!!
Children are being murdered, the next one could be yours.
lets have them turn their semi and full automatic gums in for muskets and give everyone a musket voila viva the
SECOND AMENDMENT WHEN LAW WAS WRITTEN let the supreme court chew on that
"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 AR15 IS a semiautomatic rifle. They are all semiautomatic. I wish the people that want to write anti-gun articles would at least familiarize themselves with their topics. The implication is that the gun Lanza used was full-auto. More inaccurate information that spreads fear.
I can understand why the big retailers would run for cover. It's such a small part of their business anyway. Not worth the hassle for them. Joe's corner gun store doesn't care if you picket him. It would probably be good for business.
Today a law-abing citizen, tomorrow a mass-murderer or the mother, father, brother or sister of a mass-murderer!
Why does addressing Mental Health issues in America...Sound Gay..??
And why are some idiots on here talking about abortion.....??
Well, I guess my truck needs an oil change and lube job...
What are they charging for a quart of oil where you live...??
If only Axes had been illegal Lizzie Borden's parents would not have been murdered. If only Box cutters had been illegal the 911 hijackers would never had succeeded. If only Ammonium Nitrate had been illegal Timothy McVeigh would not have killed anyone.
While I personally don't see the need for anyone to own an assault rifle capable of shooting 30 rounds of ammo I am also not naive enough to believe that banning these, or all, guns would stop mass murderers. We need to get some stones as a country and examine ALL the issues that lead to this behavior. Violent video games/movies that are obsessively played/watched. Lack of parental control or discipline. Moral relativism being the mantra taught in our schools. Over medication of our youth for questionable disorders.....etc., etc , etc.
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