Dick’s Sporting Goods isn’t in a good place right now. Every since it unilaterally decided to raise the age for who it will sell guns to, it’s been blasted by Second Amendment advocates left and right.
Now, it’s lost at least one employee over it.
When Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would cease all sales of “assault-style rifles” and “high-capacity magazines” (you know these items as AR-15s and standard-capacity magazines, respectively), and would no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21, reactions among sportsmen and Second Amendment advocates ranged from disappointment to derision. But for 20-year-old Griffin McCullar, a Dick’s employee, it was personal.
In response to the company’s announcement, McCullar submitted this resignation letter, which he also posted to Facebook:
“I am putting in my two weeks’ notice. I greatly apologize as my job here has been great; the staff is phenomenal and very easy to work with, the management is full of great people, and the pay is good. I do not have one bad thing to say about this store. However, I cannot be the face of these new gun policies in effect. I find them morally and constitutionally wrong. I refuse to be part of a corporation with these liberal policies. Again, I truly apologize for the inconvenience. Sincerely, the 20-year-old employee that is an avid hunter, who can no longer purchase firearms from the store in which he is a salesman at the gun counter.” The letter ended with the text of the Second Amendment and a photo of the Gadsden flag.
That just warms the cockles of my evil, black-rifle loving heart.
However, the letter also tells us a little bit about Dick’s hypocrisy; a 20-year-old isn’t mature enough to buy a gun in its stores, but they’re mature enough to sell them? Seriously?
McCullar was able to sell guns all day long and Dick’s had no problem with that at all. He was responsible for making sure all the ATF paperwork was filled out correctly–something that failing to do could land Dick’s in hot water–and to provide information and resources to potential customers. He was mature enough to literally handle firearms all day inside their store. But he wasn’t good enough to sell to.
Let’s be honest, if 20-year-olds are too young to be trusted with guns, shouldn’t they be barred from handling them by the company completely? No buying and no selling.
The fact that it was more than willing to allow a 20-year-old work the gun counter proves something. It proves that Dick’s wasn’t motivated by any belief that people under the age of 21 are too immature to be trusted with firearms. It was virtue-signaling like a mother. It wanted everyone to know how woke it is by waving its progressive, anti-gun flag.
Well, it did. It hasn’t worked out well for Dick’s, to be sure. Nor should it.
Meanwhile, I hope McCullar has a new job lined up. Even better if its one where he gets to sell guns at a place that will sell one to him as well.