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Dick's Sporting Goods Stops Selling Some Rifles

National chain Dick's Sporting Goods announced Tuesday that it will stop selling modern sporting rifles in response to the Newtown, Conn. mass shooting

Dick's Sporting Goods, which has several stores in the Lehigh Valley, has suspended sale of some rifles in the wake of Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The company released this statement on Tuesday:

"We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community.

Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide.

We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy."

What do you think of the company's decision? Tell us in the comments section below.

Dan West December 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
It is "Armed Citizen"(s) like you that really concern both gun owners and nonowners.
Stew December 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
WOW! Gut reaction to a horrific tragedy. What a shame, Dicks won't get anymore of my business for not thinking through their policy.
Beth December 19, 2012 at 01:58 AM
What a great move. I will go out of my way (and hope others might think to also)-to shop there.
Walter December 19, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Divide and Conquer
Tony December 19, 2012 at 03:51 AM
dicks is also pandering to the right then as well. murdoch, and a few right wingers, and republicans, and 74% of nra members
Rich Cranium December 19, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Really what happened is they ran out of stock and this is just a PR stunt to trick the anti-gun people into shopping there. Give it a few weeks, they will be back on the shelf, once they get a resupply. The anti gun people will continue to have a good image of Dick's... but for the life of them they just can't quite remember why... Kony 2012! Right!?!
mark correll December 19, 2012 at 03:56 PM
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
mark correll December 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'. During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends. SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN! SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE. SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!! IT'S A NO BRAINER! DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET. Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us. You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people~
Darin walls December 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM
No problem dicks, my local cabelas is still taking care of us law abiding citizens lol. I had to wait in line to purchase my glock 21 this morning!
Dave B December 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Your information on Switzerland was informative. I had no idea they relied on a militia still. After doing a little research I would say the system they have in place to enforce proper ownership and usage is something the US could learn from.
Armed Citizen December 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Dan West and Tony, You ignore history and common sense. See comments below.
Armed Citizen December 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I agree. I will no longer shop there either.
Tony December 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
armed citizen....those are the facts...which you seem to ignore...see comments below
Armed Citizen December 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
You make no absolutely no sense. Are you insane or just stoned? As a hopeless product of the liberal media, you have been conditioned to think like a robot and regurgitate the lies you are told. I bet you still believe in the Tooth Fairy and Unicorns? If you would take your lips off that bong for a moment, you'd realize how silly you sound.
Tony December 19, 2012 at 07:57 PM
More non sense from armed citizen. Obviously, can't elaborate on his statements. The statements I made were facts from the right wing media, your crazy looney tunes media. I am not even sure what the heck your issues are but you are obviously on here to make no sense on purpose. Go watch Rush and continue holding on to your own bigfoot and unicorn beliefs.
Andy Novick December 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
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Armed Citizen December 20, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Tony, As in typical liberal fashion, you post lies then duck for cover. You are a lemming who gets all of his news from the Huffington post and liberal blogs. They know their readers are too stupid to check their facts or form an opinion of their own. Please explain the "74% of NRA" members statement you made. I already know where this 74% figure comes from and his has nothing to do with banning weapons or supporting Dick's. Your "right wing" media comment is hillarious. You probably believe that MSNBC is fair and balanced too!
Armed Citizen December 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Sorry you feel that way. There was a run on these guns when Obama was re-elected. Dick's, like every other sporting retailer is low on inventory right now. You WiLL see these back on sale once their inventory is stocked and people have forgotten about their 'concern' for Americans. This was just a sick publicity stunt.
Morgan Goubeaux December 20, 2012 at 05:17 AM
You can't buy guns online from Dick's. You never could. Pulling these guns i feel is all for media attention. If the gun is legal just sell us the gun.
Tony December 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
armed citizen...as a typical tea party right wing crazy nut, for what ever reason you think i am a liberal. im a responsible gun owner myself. the point being from all of this is, no matter what background checks should be done when purchasing a weapon. A convicted murderer should not be able to get out of jail, attend a gun show and buy a gun without back ground check done. Will it prevent any mass shootings, maybe it will. But it will prevent a looney person from having such a weapon. Nobody is trying to remove all guns from the public. Never has been said by this government. Even the high and mighty President Reagan demanded and passed strict gun control. What a socialist he was. Have some passion for the children that were murdered and don't just keep posting non sense crap about nothing. Do your research. Maybe you should think about finishing your high school education and earning that diploma.
Tony December 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
take a few pointers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOAMcQ96TvU
Tony December 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
liberal bill o'reilly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuaadYFjwhU
cjmmjc December 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Obviously Morgan cant read... They said pulling guns from their STORES!!! and I QUOTE: "we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide."
cjmmjc December 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Funny how you RW-gun nuts are soooooooo up for individual rights.... Except when it hit something you like.... If Dick's CHOOSES not to sell something in THEIR NOT; NOT YOUR stores, then its THEIR BUSINESS....This is THEIR company not yours Oh and by the way... before yo start throwing around the Liberal hate speech; I believe in CCW, and UN-CCW CARRY
cjmmjc December 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Funny how you RW-gun nuts are soooooooo up for individual rights.... Except when it hit something you like.... If Dick's CHOOSES not to sell something in THEIR NOT; NOT YOUR stores, then its THEIR BUSINESS....This is THEIR company not yours Oh and by the way... before yo start throwing around the Liberal hate speech; I believe in CCW, and UN-CCW CARRY
cjmmjc December 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Lets just use logic here... Lets just say that the gvmt does come to take you away.... WTH are YOU going to do with your little pitiful ar-15, and Tupperware container of bullets, when they will blow you away from 6 mile away with a maverick missile?? YOU will DIE... with your AR-15 in your hand. But that's the extreme view... NO soldier in this the Military of the united states is going to turn his weapon on the general population... If you believe otherwise.. then you are seriously in need of help. and have NO faith in the men and women of the armed forces of this country... you should be ashamed, for I am ashamed OF you. This is NOT Cambodia, or Russia, in those case you had people, read SOLDIERS, who were also not used to FREEDOM, and turned on the promises any dictator could or would make... OUR soldiers are smarter, and proud of the american system, way of life, and if you think that they would turn on the american people (purposefully) then you sir are an embarrassment.
cjmmjc December 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
l Funny how you RW-gun nuts are soooooooo up for individual rights.... Except when it hit something you like.... If Dick's CHOOSES not to sell something in THEIR NOT; NOT YOUR stores, then its THEIR BUSINESS....This is THEIR company not yours Oh and by the way... before yo start throwing around the Liberal hate speech; I believe in CCW, and UN-CCW CARRY
Armed Citizen December 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Cjmmjc, Comming from you, we take that as a compliment. You are right, Dick's has the freedom to sell whatever they want. We also have the individual right to decide whether or not to spend our money there. I will not.
Andrew Boyle December 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM
The level of complete disrespect and venom displayed on this thread is startling. And a little scary. It's sad that in this country if you choose to disagree with on item in the agenda of either side you are branded either a pro Obama liberal or a tea party loving right wing nut job. I also find it alarming that the thread started with people who were CERTAIN that Lanza was not carrying an assault rifle. Which was the weapon used to murder every child. In seconds. Were you just hopeful they were killed another way and more concerned about gun rights than the truth. Then someone posted a detailed description of the ammunition used, when not one shred of evidence exists showing what ammunition was used. Nor has any autopsy report been completed. Strange. Can only lead one to believe you are trying to minimize the power of the weapon. Most concerning is the belief that a fully armed citizenry makes us somehow safer. Patently false and has been debunked by the Stanford Law Review. Please read attached. It's not from the NRA or the Brady group. But it clearly shows that all the arguments used to show an armed citizenry will make us safer is an outright lie. http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2240&context=fss_papers
Randall Carollo December 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Add me to the list of people who will boycott Dicks.

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