Dick’s Sporting Goods is taking its moral indignation to a whole new level following its recent decision not to sell “assault weapons” — see modern sporting rifles, which includes the AR-15.
Faced with the dilemma of what to do with unsold merchandise, instead of returning the merchandise to the manufacturer, as retailers normally do, Dick’s Sporting Goods has decided to destroy them, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
You read that right, the company will take a financial hit to ensure the firearms they have never end up in someone’s hands. Critics will argue this further proves liberals are not just interested in stricter gun laws, they want to take them away entirely.
“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” a company spokeswoman told the paper. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”
After being destroyed at the company’s distribution centers, the remaining parts will be sent to a salvage company to be recycled, according to the Post-Gazette.
In addition to announcing it will no longer sell “assault weapons” after the February mass shooting at a Florida high school, Dick’s began requiring buyers to be 21-years-old to purchase firearms — the company was hit with two lawsuits over the new age limit.
Social media users let the sporting goods company have it over a decision many see as irrational.
Here’s a sampling of responses, as seen on Twitter:
Gee, I hope they follow the proper rituals for exorcising those evil spirits out of the metal and plastic so they don’t continue to terrorize the village by possessing the innocent.
Maybe someone with an advanced degree in Marching for Science can explain it better.
— Azathoth (@ArkhamRealty) April 16, 2018
I’d imagine they have a minuscule inventory, otherwise shareholders would be furious with the company literally throwing money away.
— ROCK THUNDERPUNCH (@RokThunderpunch) April 16, 2018
Wonder how their stock holders feel about that?
Is their destruction being monitored to be sure it’s done legally?
— Tonka Sly (@TonkaSly) April 16, 2018
Dicks has become that high schooler who will do anything to sit with the popular kids during lunch.
— Mick Farrell (@Mickpundit) April 16, 2018
well, BFD, their selection sucks and their stuff is way overpriced…plenty of other places to shop…buh bai to Dick’s…
— ThewlynOh (@ThewlynOh) April 16, 2018
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