"In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, both Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods announced they would stop the sale of assault rifles, if only temporarily. Fast forward just over 5 years when moments ago Dick’s - one of the nation’s largest sports retailers - said that it is immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores, according to the NYT which adds that 'the announcement, made two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members, is one of the strongest stances taken by corporate America in the national gun debate. It also carries symbolic weight, coming from a prominent national gunseller.'
The retailer also said that it would no longer sell high-capacity magazines and that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws.
Edward Stack, the 63-year-old chief executive of Dick’s whose father founded the store in 1948, is deliberately steering his company directly into the storm, making clear that the company’s new policy was a direct response to the Florida shooting.
'When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,' CEO Edward Stack told NYT in an interview. 'We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.'"
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