While Dick’s Sporting Goods is a regular retailer of firearms, the store has often made them difficult to purchase. Following the Parkland Massacre, Dick’s stopped selling assault-style weapons. The retailer also raised the age minimum to buy firearms from 17 to 21.
While CEO Ed Stack has been willing to make these changes in his own store, there have been no gun control changes on a federal level. In a recent interview with Business Insider, Stack said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t have the guts to take real action.
Referring to the Parkland shooting, the Dick’s CEO said that shooter Nikolas Cruz should have never been able to buy a gun. “When that happened, I said, ‘This system is broken,” said Stack. “This kid should never have been able to buy a gun.”
Stack then took aim at Mitch McConnell who has refused to hold votes on gun control measures passed in the House. He told Business Insider, “I wish he’d have the guts to bring it to a vote. I don’t know how you can cereberally think about guns and say, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to have a background check. It’s OK.’ Basically, anybody who’s old enough can buy a gun. … It’s not a political hot button any longer. I don’t know what McConnell’s afraid of.”
McConnell has said that a gun control vote would be up to Donald Trump. He told reporters in September, “If the president is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly, and I know that if we pass it it’ll become law, I’ll put it on the floor.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.