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ALL GUNS AND HUNTING PRODUCTS FROM A NUMBER OF ITS STORES. FROM A NUMBER OF ITS STORES. WE WE THEY TALKED TO STEPHANIE RUHLE. THEY TALKED TO STEPHANIE RUHLE.>>YOU ARE THE CHAIRMAN AND CEO>>YOU ARE THE CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF DICK’S SPORTING GOODS. OF DICK’S SPORTING GOODS. WHEN YOUR COMPANY WAS FOUNDED BY WHEN YOUR COMPANY WAS FOUNDED BY YOUR FATHER, HUNTING AND FISHING YOUR FATHER, HUNTING AND FISHING WAS A CORE BUSINESS FOR YOU. WAS A CORE BUSINESS FOR YOU. IT STILL IS A BIG PART OF YOUR IT STILL IS A BIG PART OF YOUR BUSINESS, YET AFTER THE PARKLAND BUSINESS, YET AFTER THE PARKLAND SHOOTING, YOU SAID ENOUGH IS SHOOTING, YOU SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. ENOUGH. AND YOU STOPPED SELLING AND YOU STOPPED SELLING ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLES. ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLES. WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU HEARD THE NEWS THIS WEEKEND? HEARD THE NEWS THIS WEEKEND?>>WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THIS>>WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THIS WEEKEND, IT WAS — HERE WE GO WEEKEND, IT WAS — HERE WE GO AGAIN. AGAIN. ANOTHER SENSELESS LOSS OF LIFE ANOTHER SENSELESS LOSS OF LIFE WITH THE ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPON WITH THE ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPON AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE ABOUT AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT IN WASHINGTON. IT IN WASHINGTON. WE’RE NOT — WE’RE NO FURTHER WE’RE NOT — WE’RE NO FURTHER AHEAD THAN WE WERE AFTER THE AHEAD THAN WE WERE AFTER THE TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND. TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND.>>WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?>>WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? IT WAS A VERY BIG MOVE FOR YOU. IT WAS A VERY BIG MOVE FOR YOU. YOU LOST $150 MILLION WORTH OF YOU LOST $150 MILLION WORTH OF SALES. SALES. AND THE GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING. AND THE GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING. WHY IS THAT? WHY IS THAT?>>I THINK THE REASON IS THAT>>I THINK THE REASON IS THAT THERE IS JUST NOT THE LEADERSHIP THERE IS JUST NOT THE LEADERSHIP COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON THAT COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON THAT THERE SHOULD BE. THERE SHOULD BE. THE COUNTRY IS LOOKING FOR THE COUNTRY IS LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP, AND IT’S NOT COMING LEADERSHIP, AND IT’S NOT COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON. OUT OF WASHINGTON. I KNOW MYSELF AND A NUMBER OF I KNOW MYSELF AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE SIGNED A LETTER OTHER PEOPLE SIGNED A LETTER ENDORSING HR-8 WHICH IS FOR ENDORSING HR-8 WHICH IS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, THE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, THE HOUSE PASSED IT, AND IT’S HOUSE PASSED IT, AND IT’S SITTING ON MITCH McCONNELL’S SITTING ON MITCH McCONNELL’S DESK AND SEEMS TO BE GOING DESK AND SEEMS TO BE GOING NOWHERE. NOWHERE.>>YOU YOURSELF ARE A>>YOU YOURSELF ARE A RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER WHO RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER WHO BELIEVES ASSAULT RIFLES SHOULD BELIEVES ASSAULT RIFLES SHOULD BE BANNED. BE BANNED. DO YOU THINK THAT THE NRA DO YOU THINK THAT THE NRA ACCURATELY REPRESENTS GUN OWNERS ACCURATELY REPRESENTS GUN OWNERS IN AMERICA? IN AMERICA?>>ACTUALLY, I DON’T.>>ACTUALLY, I DON’T. AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE NRA, AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE NRA, WHICH IS VERY MUCH WEAKENED FROM WHICH IS VERY MUCH WEAKENED FROM WHAT IT WAS IN 2016, I WISH THE WHAT IT WAS IN 2016, I WISH THE NRA WOULD GO BACK TO ITS NRA WOULD GO BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL ROOTS WHICH WAS REALLY ORIGINAL ROOTS WHICH WAS REALLY FOCUSED ON RESPONSIBLE GUN FOCUSED ON RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP AND GUN SAFETY AS OWNERSHIP AND GUN SAFETY AS OPPOSED TO THE ATTACKS THEY TAKE OPPOSED TO THE ATTACKS THEY TAKE NOW WHICH IS AROUND, MORE GUNS NOW WHICH IS AROUND, MORE GUNS ARE BETTER. ARE BETTER. AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT’S THE AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT’S THE CASE. CASE.>>WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER>>WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER BUSINESS LEADERS OUT THERE? BUSINESS LEADERS OUT THERE? WHILE YOU CAN SELL THOSE GUNS, WHILE YOU CAN SELL THOSE GUNS, YOU DON’T HAVE TO. YOU DON’T HAVE TO. AND YOU CHOSE NOT TO. AND YOU CHOSE NOT TO.>>I THINK EVERY BUSINESS AND>>I THINK EVERY BUSINESS AND EVERY LEADER AND EVERY BOARD HAS EVERY LEADER AND EVERY BOARD HAS TO DO WHAT THEY THINK IS RIGHT TO DO WHAT THEY THINK IS RIGHT FOR THEIR BUSINESS, FOR THEIR FOR THEIR BUSINESS, FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND FOR THE CONSTITUENTS AND FOR THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY. AND SO EVERYBODY HAS TO MAKE AND SO EVERYBODY HAS TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISION. THEIR OWN DECISION. AND WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION AND WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION FOR US. FOR US. I KNOW THAT. I KNOW THAT.>>BUT DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR>>BUT DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND DOING THE YOUR BUSINESS AND DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR THE COUNTRY RIGHT THING FOR THE COUNTRY MIGHT BE IN STARK CONTRAST. MIGHT BE IN STARK CONTRAST. ESPECIALLY IF MORE AND MORE ESPECIALLY IF MORE AND MORE SELLERS STOP SELLING SELLERS STOP SELLING ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPONS, OTHERS ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPONS, OTHERS ARE GOING TO SELL MORE. ARE GOING TO SELL MORE.>>WELL, THAT’S POSSIBLE, BUT IF>>WELL, THAT’S POSSIBLE, BUT IF MORE AND MORE PEOPLE STOP MORE AND MORE PEOPLE STOP SELLING THEM, IT WILL BE A SELLING THEM, IT WILL BE A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT TO GET. LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT TO GET. AND IT WAS A BAN ON THE AND IT WAS A BAN ON THE ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLE FROM 1994 TO ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLE FROM 1994 TO 2004. 2004. I’MIE IEA PROPONENT THAT THAT BA

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