One of the largest firearm retailers in the United States is taking active steps to ensure their own consumers can’t actually buy anything.
According to records obtained by The Federalist, a conservative news outlet, Dick’s Sporting Goods hired three lobbyists in April for the sole purpose of pushing Congress to enact stricter gun control laws. The federal records show all three lobbyists — two Democrats and one Republican — all work for Glover Park Group, a lobbying firm based in Washington, DC.
The move follows the company’s decision to disallow any customer under 21-years-old from purchasing a rifle in a questionable display of solidarity with gun control advocates following a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The report goes on to name the lobbyists: Joel Johnson, Andrew King, and Christina Brown. Johnson and Brown have each worked for high-profile Democratic politicians including former President Bill Clinton. Andrew King has been on the payroll for South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsay Graham.
Federal records indicate Dick’s hired the three lobbyists for the sole purpose of promoting gun control — no other political goals were listed.
At this point, American gun owners interested in preserving the Second Amendment and the Constitutional right to self defense have all the more reason to refrain from patronizing Dick’s Sporting Goods entirely. It might’ve been forgivable for the company to temporarily maintain their ban on minors purchasing rifles as a means to survive the political onslaught in the immediate aftermath of Parkland, but with Gallup indicating that support for gun control is rapidly waning — we can only surmise that the company is doing much more than that.
Dick’s isn’t the only retailer to hop on the gun control bandwagon. Mega-retailer Walmart also joined the effort alongside LL Bean, Kroger, and REI. Each of the aforementioned companies have also stopped selling what the media consistently refers to as “assault-style rifles” — which probably refers to any weapon with a tactical appearance.
Gun owners on the market for new products may want to consider purchasing from manufacturers directly if possible, or take their business to smaller dealers. At the very least, they won’t be chipping in to the erosion of their own constitutional rights.
~ Ready to Fire News