Here’s What Happens When A Business Caves To Anti-Gun Emotionalism

I have spent several hours going back and forth with another person on Twitter trying to help her see that America is a Constitutional Republic and not a Democracy.  It didn’t seem to matter to her.  Frankly, I’m not sure she grasped the truth. Leftists want certain things in society.  Right now, they mainly want more gun control and they don’t care how they get it.  They believe because allegedly 90% of Americans want more gun control and nearly 90% of NRA want the same thing, then it should happen.  Because America is a Constitutional Republic, figures like this do not matter…at all.  The only thing that matters is what the U.S. Constitution says.

But the left continues to play their “emotional virtue” game that is designed to provide reasons for more gun control and vilify those who do not want more.  That is the way the left plays their game.  It’s an ever-changing palette of relative truth, anchored in nothing but emotions.

Take Dick’s Sporting Goods for instance.  Last December, due to public pressure, they stopped selling a particular gun.  “Following the Newtown shooting spree, Dick’s Sporting Goods changed their policy and stopped selling AR-pattern and other semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifles, even the guns they had already sold.” [1]

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Those on the left cheered.  That was fantastic and according to them, Dick’s did the right thing, based on the slippery slope of emotional virtue.

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But how has that turned out for Dick’s now?

Dick’s sales have flat-lined. In fact, their sales dropped 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 2011 and their shares 10 percent in the last quarter.” [2]

To be fair, we do not know for certain why sales have taken a dive and the folks at Dick’s say that it has nothing to do with their decision to stop carrying AR-type of guns.  They instead indicate that their sales are off because of ammo, which has become extremely difficult to obtain.  That certainly sounds reasonable to a point.  Yet, if that was the case, then that would mean that ammo is the chief reason people shop at Dick’s, or at least a very big reason why.

Is this true with other stores that also sell guns and ammo?  According to the article, it’s not. “Cabela’s is doing better than ever and investors have been quick to point out that it’s because of their strong gun sales.

“Cabela’s Inc. stock closed up more than 16 percent, among leading gainers on the New York Stock Exchange, and hit a 52-week high Thursday after reporting strong financial results above the market’s and the company’s expectations.

“Gun sales accounted for almost two-thirds of Cabela’s gains, with their sales up by 24 percent over last year.” [3]

In case there is someone who has not noticed, gun sales have gone through the roof along with ammo sales.  For the conservative law-abiding gun owner, when a store like Dick’s decides that it’s better to cave to pressure from the left, we know where that store stands and we make a mental note of it.

The AR-type weapon is different from my semi-auto .22 caliber rifle in one respect (aside from various calibers):  looks.  The AR weapon appears to be a tactical weapon.  It shoots like my semi-auto rifle.  It does the same thing, but it simply appears tactical.  It is not an assault rifle any more than my semi-auto .22 rifle is an assault rifle.

Dick’s decided that no longer selling a weapon that looks tactical was a good decision.  They may be paying for it now.  I have to wonder how many on the left shop at Dick’s?  Probably most never darkened the doorway, yet they still wanted Dick’s to “do the right thing.”

Was it the right thing?  Time appears to be revealing the answer. Certainly, it was not against the law to sell ARs, nor is there anything inherently wrong with AR-type weapons.  Apparently, they are just too darn “dangerous” for average, law-abiding citizens.

Yet, the DHS put in an order for 7,000 AR-styled fully automatic weapons.  Why?  Because they said they make great defensive weapons.  So it’s okay for Obama’s “national police force” to have weapons that will be used ostensibly on America’s streets against Americans?  I see.  Forgive my sarcasm, but I’ve had it with the left and their arrogance, not to mention the fact that they routinely skirt the Constitution as often as possible.

Do we have a rule of law in America based on the Constitution or on emotional virtue?  While the left would admit it’s based on the Constitution, they use emotional virtue as much as possible in their attempts to sway people toward their agenda.

This then is the huge problem that we are experiencing today.  The left uses their tried and true emotional virtue to try to sway people to want something done a certain way.  This gives them (they think) their marching orders, so they try to make the changes that people want made in spite of the fact that those attempts are illegal as far as the Constitution is concerned.

As a Constitutional Republic, America is in for rough times, worse than what we have now.  There is so much attack coming from the left that it is difficult to see it all.  The left desperately needs our Constitutional Republic to fall.  They need to replace the Constitution with something else entirely.

We’ve heard the murmurings, the rumblings from elected officials for some time now.  They want to change the Constitution to suit them.  The problem is the Constitution is an extremely difficult document to change.  The left’s only option is to ignore it by skirting it and try ramming things in place anyway.  The media isn’t calling them out.  Not too many on the right are calling them out either.

Let’s continue to go with God in this and all endeavors.



[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

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