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by: Cillian Zeal
How do you become a media darling after a mass shooting? Just announce that your stores will no longer be selling “assault weapons” like Dick’s Sporting Goods did. Sure, you’ll alienate your customer base, a significant portion of whom likely believes strongly in the Second Amendment. But just look at the press attention you’ll get!
However, there are going to be plenty of gun stores willing to pick up the business that Dick’s is leaving behind. One of them is Palmetto State Armory.
In a statement issued to a local TV station after Dick’s made the announcement that it would no longer be selling so-called “assault weapons” and would raise the minimum age for firearms purchases to 21, the South Carolina store unleashed a brutal attack on the new policy and reminded customers that AR-15s and other such weapons will always be available at the Palmetto State Armory.
“Palmetto State Armory would like to go on record stating that we support the Second Amendment,” the store said in a statement to WCBD on Thursday.
“While this may seem like an obvious statement, we as a company felt it necessary to make our opinion known to the general public. Palmetto State Armory also strongly supports the First Amendment which enables individuals to voice their opinions, even those in contrast with our own,” the statement added.
“We believe that a primary purpose of the Second Amendment is actually to protect the First Amendment.”
The owners of the store then went off on Dick’s Sporting Goods and their demonization of the AR-15.
“In regards to the actions taken today by the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods to no longer sell the AR-15 platform, while we do not agree with this decision, we recognize the fact that capitalism gives him the right to make this call,” the statement continued.
“PSA however, does have an issue when misinformation is spread in the very next sentence by referring to the platform as an ‘assault rifle.’ AR stands for Armalite Rifle which pays homage to the company that originally created the platform.”
They also noted that Dick’s statement failed to take into account the real culprit in the case: the killer himself.
“To blame the rifle or a high capacity magazine for the actions of an evil man is illogical and is only applied when referring to firearms,” the statement read.
“Senseless acts of violence are a terrible plague on society that we all recognize we need to try and prevent as a community, but to blame a tool such as a firearm is at very best missing the point of the problem.”
The armory explained that cars can be used as weapons, but nobody goes ahead and blames the vehicle itself.
“When a vehicle is used to commit an act of violence we as a society do not blame the car, we do not blame the speed, or the steering wheel, but rather the driver. It is our hopes that we can approach this negativity with humanity and both sides of the argument can come together and have a civil and intellectual conversation that continues to make this amazing county better,” the armory said.
“We are all in this together, and we all want the same thing,” the statement concluded. “Safety, happiness, and the ‘American Dream.’”
Now, which store do you think is going to see more business for its decision? I don’t know about you, but I know which gun supplier I’d rather shop at: one that honors and respects the Second Amendment.
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