Walmart, Dick’s Suspend Sale of Certain Semi-Automatic Rifles—What Do You Think?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, Dick's Sporting Goods also has removed all guns from the store closest to Newtown, CT.

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, two major retailers are pulling the plug on sales of certain semi-automatic weapons nationwide. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, has suspended sales of some semi-automatic rifles from all stores.

The company, which is headquartered in Moon Township, also has removed all guns from its chain closest to Newtown, CT.

In a statement, the store said it ordered the move out of respect for the victims and families of Newtown. Friday’s shooting left 20 children, all between the ages of 6 and 7, and six adults dead.

“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,” a statement on the Dick’s website said.

CNN reports authorities are working to determine if Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter who killed himself inside the elementary school once the shooting spree was over, tried to buy a gun at the Dick’s Sporting Goods in Danbury, which is about 12 miles away from Newtown.

“At this time, reports that the suspect visited one of our stores last week have not been confirmed by law enforcement," the sporting goods store said in a statement to CNN. "Based on our records, we can confirm that no firearms were sold to the suspect identified in this case."

It is unknown how long Dick's ban on semi-automatic rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles, will last, CNN reports.

Also today, Walmart announced it no longer will sell the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle through its online store.

That military-style assault rifle is in the same family of guns as the one Lanza reportly used in the massacre, the Huffington Post reports. 

Locally, Dick’s Sporting Goods has stores in Cranberry, Ross Township, Robinson, Monroeville and at the South Hills Village Mall in Upper St. Clair and the Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Tarentum.

Walmart also has locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, including Cranberry.

We want to know what you think? Do you agree with Dick’s decision to suspend sales of semi-automatic rifles? What about removing the guns from the store near Newtown?

Should Dick’s make the ban a permanent decision?

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Ken V December 18, 2012 at 05:39 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy. But will the suspension or halting of thses sales will have any real effect on some future sick/twisted individual doing the same thing in the future? Probably not. Would the media and politicians have the same urgency to "do somthing" if an individual drove his truck thru a school building, killing many children? Suspend sales of trucks? Absoutley not. Time to change the culture of violent video games as well as other media outlets that glorify killing.
John Schalcosky December 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Well, put it this way - 12,000 Americans killed by Gun Violence in 2008. In Japan (where owning a gun is almost impossible) the Death toll in 2008 was a whopping 11! That's not a typo - only 11 people were killed by guns in Japan for the whole year of 2008! Does that say something? YES! These are the facts! People in America still seem to forget that it is no longer 1787, where owning a gun was a necessity to survive (hunt, protection from Native Americans, etc.). It's time to ratify the "right to bare arms". It's called progress. When something is wrong with how things are evolving in society, Government needs to step in and vote for change. THINK, women didn't get the vote till 1920, slavery was still legal until 1865 & so on a so forth. People noticed there was something wrong with that so that instituted a change in the laws. Yes there will always be nuts out there who kill people but without these automatic weapons, it would be ALOT harder to accomplish.
John Schalcosky December 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Ken V December 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
So, while we are quoting statistics...there were over 32K vehicle related deaths in 2011 in the US. YES..FACTS.. So is it the vehicle itself causing the deaths?..OR the individual behind the wheel? THINK..Goverment is NOT the answer to all things wrong in society..Read your history on the Ford Pinto deaths..did Goverment step in..and "vote for a change" I think not. Nuts will always be out there..simply removing automatic weapons is NOT the answer..they will simply find another means. Oh..the Japan statistic is a bit dated..1994 statistics..14 years old...
John Schalcosky December 19, 2012 at 04:52 AM
In Japan - 2006 there were TWO deaths by guns, 2008 there were 11. Still pretty up to date for me. But obviously you have a valid point about automobile deaths BUT the car was not created to be an instrument of DEATH like guns were! That's my point. You could beat someone to death with a shoe, you don't outlaw shoes... But what other use is there for a gun????? I know there is so much violence out there in this world - but adding to it is not the answer. We need to crack down more on the criminal element out there than to arm every American "just in case".
Kristina December 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Also, we have about three times more people here in America, and a gang/drug problem mot seen in Japan, and an overwhelming illegal alien population (who get counted in that number, as does gun violence from guns illegally owned). So the numbers aren't exactly comparing apples to apples. However, it's still too large a number.
Ferg December 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
There certainly needs to be a change. There is no need for the typical person to own a military style gun..keep it basic.
Paula Kessler December 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Ken - You can't just use the 32K statistic about vehicle deaths as a gun comparison because people weren't driving the car with the intent to go kill another person. Most of those are accidents. If you look at the gun-related deaths, most of those would be acts of violence. I just think many people just take a stance of Pro-gun or Anti-gun because they are too stubborn and do not want to work together. Government is not the answer to all things wrong, but when a change needs to be made across the country, then yes, of course they are going to have to lead the change. I don't understand what your suggestion would be or if you even agree that there is too much bloodshed going on, whether it's drug/gang related, robberies, mass murders etc. What do you think besides, "it's a tragedy and people are nuts". That's not a resolution.


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