Edward Stack is the CEO of Dicks Sporting Goods, and, it would seem, a virtue signalling fool as well
Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack wants you to know he is not anti-Second Amendment. He is, however, against having his stores associated with any more mass shootings.
So, he took guns off the shelves.
And, to keep them off the streets, he destroyed them. Lots of them.
“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,’” Stack said in an interview with CBS News.
Reality #1 evil people commit evil acts. Evil people. And no amount of bumper sticker mentality will change that
He turned the $5 million of AR-15s he had in stock into scrap metal.
Then, following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Stack learned the shooter purchased a shotgun from one of his stores. It’s then, he said, that he had enough. He changed store policy, limiting firearm purchases to people over 21 years old.
He said the move has cost his company about $250 million.
Reality #2 making laws or rules that punish good people does nothing to change the behavior of bad people.
Stack said he isn’t expecting to change the world, just to do his part to save a life.
“So many people say to me, you know, ‘If we do what you want to do, it’s not going to stop these mass shootings,’” he told CBS. “And my response is, ‘You’re probably right, it won’t. But if we do these things and it saves one life, don’t you think it’s worth it?’”
Surely! Of course if we banned stairs in homes, or climbing trees, or swimming, lives could be saved. If we mandated everyone wear a helmet all the time we would save some lives. What if we banned cars? Or designed them to be unable to exceed 25 MPH? That would save at least one life right? Hey, why not ban anyone from ever eating solid food, thus preventing choking! That would save some lives right?
Yes, all of those ideas would be seen as moronic. But Stack’s Folly is even more foolish
Stack himself admits that no, his “look at me and how much I care” stunt will not stop any mass shootings, and he admits it will hurt his business. Yet, he persists digging in the Pit of Eternal Stupidity! And yes, doing something that you yourself admit will not solve the issue you are so concerned with solving is the epitome of stupidity!
Dicks, of course has every right to sell what they wish, and, I have every right to not shop there. But the idiocy of embracing policies and laws that will do nothing to stop evil people from slaughtering innocents is the height of foolishness.