So recently the big news on the gun control front was that the big national sporting goods chain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, would STOP selling AR-15 type Rifles and RAISE the age limit to buy Long guns from 18 to 21 years of age. In true spineless corporate fashion, L.L Bean, Wal-Mart and Kroger (Fred Meyer Stores) announced they would also be raising the age limit from 18 to 21 for long gun purchases. Kroger went so far as to announce they would discontinue the sale of firearms completely in their Fred Meyer locations. If you have been keeping up, this really isn’t that big a piece of news. Dick’s Sporting Goods stopped selling AR-15 Rifles after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Listen folks, as long as you put faith in these Corporate goons like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ed Stack who is reported to be worth a cool $1.2 BILLION to look out for your Second Amendment rights you are going to be let down. Why? Because they are public companies, traded on the NYSE and as such, are beholden to New York and International liberal shareholders and boards whims and opinions. In other words folks, this move has nothing to do with “morals” or ‘Doing the right thing because of those kids”, it is because of profit margins and not pissing off liberal shareholders who threatened to pull their 5 and 10% stakes in the company if this wasn’t done. Simple economics always explains most things in the business world, not morality.
The only hope we gun owners have is the small, NON-CORPORATE “Mom and Pop” Gun store. Almost every town of any size has one and they need our patronage! These small businesses have always been there for us. They don’t sway in the political winds of change. They do not fall prey to the latest trends. They simply stay rock solid through it all. Because after all, they could give two craps about people’s “Opinions”, because in the economy of small business, they, the owner and operator, control the purse strings, not a board of directors or a small group of investors. When you look at it from a broad perspective, this is the reason the small, non-corporate business ENCAPSULATES the true Democratic ideal of freedom.
So my fellow gun owners, make your decision now who you are going to patronize for your next gun or ammo purchase. Remember the list above of retailers and the decisions they have already made and ask yourself “Do I really want to support a company with these kind’s of beliefs?”
To me, the answer is crystal clear. Hell No!