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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The question at hand is "How efficient of a killing device are we comfortable allowing anyone with a credit card to buy?". Today you are unable to walk into a Wal-Mart and buy a truck load of dynamite or C-4 explosives. Your are not allowed to buy enriched uranium nor possess an atomic bomb. I feel very confident in saying that if you were allowed to easily buy these items than the number of bombings in this country would go up substantially.
The people who choose to go on these killing sprees are going to use the most efficient tools they can get their hands on to carry out their crime. So, we as a society get to choose just how efficient we want to allow them to be. I am fully aware that they could choose to try and poison a group of people or run them over with a car, but they don't. They choose to obtain semi-automatic fire arms and large quantities of ammunition to commit their crimes.
I am a lifelong hunter and gun owner. I do not own a single semiautomatic weapon, nor one that holds more than 5 rounds of ammunition. At some point we have to say that a weapon is such an efficient killing machine that we do not want it to be sold legally. For me that line is drawn at semi-automatics and weapons with large ammunition capacities. I just don’t see a purpose for these other than the one we keep seeing on the news.
And for all of you 2nd amendment lovers, I've got news for you. You can stockpile all of the assault weapons you can afford and you will still not be considered viable threat to the United States government. It is just not practical. The ironic thing is that most of you are the same people who get upset when anyone talks about shrinking our military. It is the expansion of our military over the last 30 years that has led to a state where the 2nd amendment is pointless. Your guns are not a threat to the government.
The problems not the guns,knives, baseball bats, box cutters, mental illness, TV, movies, music, bullies, whites, blacks,browns, etc. Its our moron parenting that doesn't believe in spending time, teaching commonsense, disiplining, or in general actually being a parent. Ban timeout, grounding, etc. and whip little Johnny/Susie's **** when they do wrong and teach them the value of property and life then just maybe some of this crap would stop.
Are we going to ban shotguns as well because a good 12 gauge with a heavy load in a confined space such as a movie theatre, classroom, McDonalds could cause a lot more damage than any semi auto rifle or pistol unless the gunmans actually taking the time to aim.
Don't take away guns. Just assult class guns like AR15s. There's no reason these need to be sold for public use.
Take away the guns!!!! Clear and simple, hunters should have a right to continue to the right to hunt, and Americans should have the right for a handgun to protect themselves, but Assault Weapons are not needed by anyone, the 2nd Amendment does not give you the right to have 5 guns and so much ammunition, the Amendment was written in a different time for the purpose of a well regulated Militia. We do not have a Militia the last time I checked. We have a huge Defense Department that is in no danger of losing its weaponry.
Ignorant Americans wake up!!!
Project Veritas has 'verified' Mr Lanza (the accused)
WAS 1.5 hrs away from the school when the murders began.
Mr Lanza is alive!!!
Fact is: there was more than one shooter (TWO shooters) and they put more than one bullet in each
victim they shot...to ASSURE there were NO WITNESSES!!!
Check it out yourselves...it is truth!!!
Folks.... I think what we really need here....legally....is....Conduct Control....Not Gun Control.
Well.... unless your one on those jack wagon liberals who think guns kill people. :)
The educated class....knows the reality....People Kill People.
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