Gun Companies Fight Back

Grind for May 13th, 2018

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Be Careful What You Wish For

The Headline

Gun manufacturers abandon Dick’s Sporting Goods

The Grind

Gun manufacturers are abandoning Dick’s Sporting Goods en masse after the company hired three lobbyists to push for gun control legislation in Washington. Dick’s also said it would be destroying all unsold AR-15’s remaining in its inventory.

Major manufacturers like Mossberg, Springfield Armory, and MKS Supply responded to these decisions by ending their business relationships with Dick’s.

MKS President Charles Brown accused Dick’s of “villainizing” modern sporting rifles and Mossberg CEO Iver Mossberg urged consumers to “visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers” instead of Dick’s.

The NRA accused Dick’s of “punishing law-abiding citizens” and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced it was revoking Dick’s membership.

The Background

Dick’s Sporting Goods in February announced it would no longer sell assault-style weapons or sell firearms to individuals under the age of 21.

These new restrictions, which earned condemnation from gun owners, came in response to the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida – where a teen used an AR-15 to murder 17 students and faculty.

At the time, Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said he supported the Second Amendment and considered “the vast majority of gun owners” to be “responsible, law-abiding citizens.”

Dick’s more recent decision to hire lobbyists has called into question the sincerity of his statement and could represent millions of dollars in losses for his company.



Taking Sides

The Headline

Ranchers upset over proposal to bring back grizzly bears

The Grind

Cattle ranchers in Washington state were shocked when they heard about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plans to bring grizzly bears back to North Cascades National Park.

Cattle rancher Craig Verasjka, who holds grazing permits on federally-owned land near the park, worries the grizzlies will prey on his cattle or stress them to the point where they will no longer breed.

“We thought we had somebody on our side and now Zinke pulls this on us,” says Verasjka, who voted enthusiastically for Trump in 2016. “We’re not happy.”

The Details

As Okanogan County Commissioner Jim Detro point outs, you can’t frighten a grizzly like you can a black bear. “I can run out on my back porch and scream and scare the hell out of a black bear, you’re not going to do that with a grizzly bear. They’ll hunt you up.”

Other Washington residents say Zinke is using the proposal as an excuse to score an “environmental win” after Trump’s 2017 decision to shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah.

Zinke’s proposal has received some support from local environmentalists (most of whom live in cities where bears would not roam) and from the area’s Native American population, which views the grizzly bear as a symbol of strength and courage.

“They have the right to be here before any other species because they were indigenous to this area since the beginning of time,” says Lorrie Sue Nelson, a descendant of the Colville Tribes. “The invader here is the cattle industry.”




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April grew up in the Midwest, where she developed a passion for writing and storytelling at a young age. She transformed that passion into a degree at Indiana University (2008-2012), after which she promptly moved to South Florida to escape the cold.

Since then, April has worked as a content writer, editor, proofreader, blogger, tour guide, scriptwriter, and - I’ll admit it - bartender. Her favorite topics on which to write include health, politics, science & nature, and space exploration (anything but sports, really).

April is an amateur artist who enjoys spending time outdoors and inventing new cocktails. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida

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