Skip to comments.South Carolina Gun Store Corrects Dick's on the Term 'Assault Rifle'
Posted on 03/04/2018 3:57:31 PM PST by Kaslin
Dick's Sporting Goods told customers last week that it would no longer sell assault rifles or high capacity magazines at its Field and Stream stores, joining a number of companies taking some sort of public stance in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A former student with mental health issues killed seventeen people with an AR-15, and lawmakers and gun control activists have quickly demanded the firearm again be placed on a ban list.
While understanding that Dick's thinks it's doing the right thing, a South Carolina gun seller called Palmetto State Armory politely explained to Dick's that the term "assault rifle" does not mean what they think it means. They disagree with the company's decision to stop selling the gun. Their statement is below (bolded for emphasis).
Palmetto State Armory would like to go on record stating that we support the Second Amendment. While this may seem like an obvious statement, we as a company felt it necessary to make our opinion known to the general public. Palmetto State Armory also strongly supports the First Amendment which enables individuals to voice their opinions, even those in contrast with our own. We believe that a primary purpose of the Second Amendment is actually to protect the First Amendment.
In regards to the actions taken today by the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods to no longer sell the AR-15 platform, while we do not agree with this decision, we recognize the fact that capitalism gives him the right to make this call. PSA however, does have an issue when misinformation is spread in the very next sentence by referring to the platform as an “assault rifle.” AR stands for Armalite Rifle which pays homage to the company that originally created the platform. To blame the rifle or a high capacity magazine for the actions of an evil man is illogical and is only applied when referring to firearms. Senseless acts of violence are a terrible plague on society that we all recognize we need to try and prevent as a community, but to blame a tool such as a firearm is at very best missing the point of the problem. When a vehicle is used to commit an act of violence we as a society do not blame the car, we do not blame the speed, or the steering wheel, but rather the driver. It is our hopes that we can approach this negativity with humanity and both sides of the argument can come together and have a civil and intellectual conversation that continues to make this amazing county better. We are all in this together, and we all want the same thing. Safety, happiness, and the “American Dream.” (NBC News2)
Other companies have tried to take a symbolic stand after the Parkland shooting by distancing themselves from the NRA. Delta and United Airlines told customers they would be ending their NRA discount programs. It turns out only 13 tickets had been sold in the Delta program.
“Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale," according to Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, But we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
Funny how that works.
By the same political group that denounces the death penalty; bends over backwards to protect criminals; and supports Planned Parenthood- an organization that has probably killed more people than all of the wars, famines, and corrupt dictators combined.
Or some kid who wore a Confederate flag T-shirt and had the libs destroy American history.
Judge those Liberals by who the support and defend.
Domestic Enemies, all.
Treat them accordingly.
Dick’s are pricks.
Bass Pro does too. Matter of fact Bass Pro now own Cabelas.
Kid is pictured with a Confederate battle flag, and they blame most of the monuments, southerners, and flags.
Muslims shall be judged as individuals though!!!
Gun owners are judged because of a lunatic, yet an illegal with a criminal record shoots an American woman in the head, and we are told to not judge all illegals, and ten he gets off the charge by the freaks in San Freako.
Liberals must be so dizzy with their hypocrisy.
Outside the LMSM State of Delusion, what country’s armed forces deploy the AR-15 “assault” rifle?
They actually thought the “AR” stood for “assault rifle”??? Lolz
Just brilliant and to the point.
Saw one liberal state that semi auto was the same as an auto.
These idiots know nothing of what they want banned
“Assault Rifle” is a made up term.
Made up by firearms haters. I wish people would realize this and not use the term.
Anything can be called an “Assault ________”.
Next time someone uses the term, ask them to describe exactly what an “Assault” rifle is. What ever they tell you can be applied to any object.
Oh now that is funny! Dicks Sporting Goods should be sued for false advertising. Other than a few golf clubs Dicks is nothing more than a clothing store. I used to love Galyans. Now there was a true sporting goods store. They had every obscure camping, hiking and backpacking paraphernalia ever devised and a great selection of guns and related items. And fishing stuff and kayaks and, and, and. But that all went away when Dicks bought them out. Didn’t and won’t ever go there.
Dick’s is a great name, as long as people like you.
I'm the proud owner of an Assault Sheltie.
I loved Galyans too. Used to pop in on lunch hour just to walk around and see what I could see. One day I walked out with a real nice Browning Citori O/U.
Dicks just plain sucks.
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