Newsroom: May 2018

Bad business timing from Vista Outdoor, worse business sense from Dick’s, candor on guns from a Democrat Congressman, and a mass shooting in Australia.

1.) Vista Outdoor. The company behind such brands as American Eagle, Federal Premium, and Savage Arms now admits that their announcement looking for people to buy Savage Arms had fairly awful timing. Despite being decided about a year ago, the announcement came shortly after the Parkland school shooting. The company reiterated that it wasn’t about the shooting, and the backlash it set off, but rather getting the company back to its core businesses.

2.) Military parade. Trump’s idea to hold a parade for the military, with the military, got support from Congressional Republicans. Not much more to say there, since the parade is still, at best, in planning stages.

3.) Dick’s Sporting Goods. Whereas the Vista announcement was just bad timing, Dick’s Sporting Goods has wholly committed to the gun control angle in the wake of the Parkland shooting. In addition to removing the sale of rifles from its Field and Stream stores, (which was so badly-received that the magazine distanced itself from Dick’s announcement, Dick’s has now hired three gun control lobbyists.

Gun companies have responded by severing ties with the retailer, in what has become the most-difficult headline to phrase tastefully in recent memory.

4.) Confiscation. Eric Swalwell is a California Congressman. His re-election campaign has an op-ed titled Ban Assault Weapons, Buy Them Back, Go After Resisters. It’s basically exactly what gun-rights people have been saying gun controllers want; a total gun ban, and going after people who refuse to hand in their firearms.

5.) Australia. There was a mass shooting in Australia. Seven people were killed. The event is being treated as a murder-suicide, not as a random massacre. It is noteworthy here, given that Australia comes up fairly regularly in discussions here as a model for gun control. This is the biggest mass shooting in the country since 1996.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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