Don’t Be A Dick

Dick’s Sporting Goods, also doing business as “Field & Stream,”  seems very determined to alienate a sizable portion of their clientele. The NRA-ILA (National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action) summed it up pretty well:

We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its affiliated Field & Stream stores. First, the company announced it would stop selling most centerfire semi-automatic rifles at its stores, carry only limited capacity magazines for semi-automatic guns, and ban firearm sales to certain legally eligible adults. It then took the further step of declaring it would destroy its inventory of the newly-restricted firearms at company expense. And if that weren’t enough, the news also recently broke that the company had hired expensive D.C. lobbyists to push for gun control measures on Capitol Hill.

Dick’s, in other words, was positioning itself as a rising star in the field of corporate gun control activism, in obvious contradiction of its own financial interests.

Hard Times for Dick’s as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent, May 11, 2018

Dick’s opened a new outlet recently in Cedar Park, Texas which is not too far from where I live. I have bought a few things in that store and was contemplating the purchase of a Ruger LC9s (highly concealable 9mm handgun to go with my Texas Concealed Carry Permit). They gave me a “SCORECARD” to keep track of my purchases and win points towards future discounts. Their prices on handguns looked to me to be pretty good and they carried all the latest models.

Unfortunately though I had to modify the “SCORECARD” – see below:

Dick’s Sporting Goods SCORECARD, Modified

Dick’s prices are good, but not any better than at least one other store in Austin, Texas that doesn’t discriminate against Modern Sporting Rifles (an AR-15, for example) and their legal accessories. They also have a pretty good price on the Ruger LC9s. Guess that is where I am going to be shopping for that particular purchase. It sure won’t be at Dick’s!

Here is my advice for Americans who value their right to self defense explicitly recognized in the Constitution of the United States in the 2nd Amendment:

Don’t be a Dick, and don’t buy from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Why I Cancelled My Citi Visa Card

On March 22nd Citibank which issues Citi Visas and Mastercards released a “Commercial Firearms Policy” to announce  unprecedented requirements to force firearms dealers who do business with Citibank to restrict certain sales of firearms and firearms accessories like “high capacity” magazines.

Citibank’s new policy:

“Under this…policy, we will require new retail sector clients or partners to adhere to these best practices: (1) they don’t sell firearms to someone who hasn’t passed a background check, (2) they restrict the sale of firearms for individuals under 21 years of age, and (3) they don’t sell bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. This policy will apply across the firm, including to small business, commercial and institutional clients, as well as credit card partners, whether co-brand or private label. It doesn’t impact the ability of consumers to use their Citi cards at merchants of their choice.”

Just for the record in the vast majority of cases it would be illegal for a licensed firearms dealer to sell a firearm to someone who hasn’t passed an FBI online background check. The only exception I know of, at least in Texas, is a person who holds a state issued concealed carry permit which means they have passed a far more extensive background check than what the FBI conducts.

According to Breitbart it would also require dealers to refuse to sell a gun if an instant background check took more than three business days. The problem is that sometimes people with common names take longer to check. The FBI has to confirm they are not the felon who is on their list who just happens to have the same name. This sometimes takes time to appeal and prove you are not the felon who just happens to have the same name.

Federal law allows sales of firearms to people between18-21 years of age with the required FBI background check. Citibank would like to repeal that right. My son at 18 was old enough to join the Marines and be issued an M16 so I think he was old enough at 18 to buy an AR-15.

Finally they want to stop the sale of “high capacity” magazines which are perfectly legal. High capacity magazines for MSRs (Modern Sporting Rifles) like the AR-15 are not the problem. The problem is a failure to enforce current laws, failure to recognize and deal with severely mentally ill people (like just about all the mass murderers in recent history), and the arsine insistence that we not defend our schools with armed adults. “Gun Free Zones” are an invitation to mass murder. The Israelis learned that a long time ago and now protect their schools and school children “in depth,” to use a military term.

Therefore I cancelled my Costco Citi Visa card today (and cancelled my Costco membership too as Citi is their main card issuer). If you value your right to defend yourself and your family you might want to do the same.

Guns & Drugs

An article in the Huffington Post in 2012 wrote about the profits the firearms industry in America makes from selling guns and ammunition:

Making and selling guns and ammunition is a lucrative business for U.S. firearms companies, which will earn nearly $1 billion in profit this year, according to the market research firm IBISWorld. -Huffington Post, Dec 12, 2012

This article was originally posted in 2013 after the Sandy Hook massacre by Adam Lanza. Everything here still applies today after Nikolas Cruz’s senseless killings in a Florida school. Early reports indicate that mental illness and possibly psychotropic drugs also played a role in this needless tragedy. What is wrong with having armed people in schools to protect children? Makes no sense to me not to.

Later in the same article they revised the figures slightly downward:

Guns and ammunition manufacturers will make a projected $993 million in profits on sales of $11.7 billion this year, according to a report issued by the market-research company IBISWorld.

I guess they had to stretch just a tad in the lead of paragraph – “billion” sounds better than “millions.” Nowhere in this article does the author put those projected profits into any sort of reasonable perspective.

More and more young people are being prescribed psychotropic drugs today.
More and more young people are being prescribed drugs today.

Another concern voiced by some in regards to the recent senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was the possibility that psychotropic drugs might, in a few cases, turn otherwise just seriously mentally ill young boys into remorseless killers playing out a fantasy in a drug induced hallucination.

According to a Huffington Post article:

The number of children and teens taking antipsychotic medications has skyrocketed in recent years, with psychiatrists prescribing the drugs in nearly one-in-three visits with youth, a new study found. -Huffington Post

The drug industry certainly makes a lot more profit than the gun industry as shown in this chart below:

Gun Industry vs. Drug Industry
The drug industry worldwide makes over a 100x more than the gun industry in the U.S.

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