NRA Tweet About Dick's Sporting Goods Assault-Rifle Ban Met With Praise for Retailer: 'I'm Going Shopping'

When the National Rifle Association tweeted about Dick's Sporting Goods' recent destruction of assault rifles on Monday, it probably didn't expect an outcry of support for the sports retailer—but that's what it got.

Last year, Dick's moved to stop selling assault-style weapons from some of its stores, leaving the company with about $5 million worth of unsold weapons. In a recent interview with CBS News, Ed Stack, Dick's chief executive officer, revealed that, instead of selling the weapons elsewhere, the company decided to destroy them.

An hour after the NRA tweeted about the interview, hundreds of people declared their plans to buy "sporting stuff" they don't really need from Dick's this weekend, while slamming the NRA for not taking action on gun legislation reform.

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"Thank God for the adults in the room who are sick of our children, citizens and law enforcement being slaughtered by military style weapons," @Dbfedupsenior wrote in response to the NRA's post, concluding with the hashtag #NRATerroristOrganization.

Another user posted a link to one of the country's latest mass shootings where four were shot dead in a Kansas City bar over the weekend. Like a number of more high-profile massacres earlier this year, the police believe this one was racially motivated.

"If only US guns were purchased & discharged solely for lawful purposes," Dianne Broussard wrote. The "NRA pays politicians to block reforms that will fix this," she added.

In another tweet, Broussard quoted former Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia.

"Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited," she said, "[It is] not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose."

A portrait of courage, NRA. Take a lesson.

— Ragnarök (@pacjoeAF) October 7, 2019

Others took the opportunity to send Dick's a thank-you note.

Joan Rozelle, Janice Raleigh, "Maureen" and others wrote "thank you," "good job," or "Awesome!" to the company's Twitter account, while several more stated their intentions to buy jerseys, winter gear and other items at their nearest Dick's this weekend—whether or not they need them.

"I'm not a 'sports' type guy but I will definitely be going to @Dicks," Jeff Rodenkirch wrote.

"Good to know. Going shopping," Traci DeFazio added.

"Just in time to buy my new @nike winter threads!" said another.

In a tweet that received about three and a half times more retweets than the NRA's original note, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, kept it simple:

"Good job, @dicks!" Watts wrote.

I will definitely start shopping at Dick’s Thank you

— Don S (@donale1) October 7, 2019

In the interview with CBS, Stack talked about his motivations to destroy the weapons, permanently keeping them off the street.

"I don't understand how somebody, with everything that's gone on, could actually sit there and say, 'I don't think we need to do a background check on people who buy guns.' It's just, it's ridiculous," he said.

Last week, the NRA said it doesn't have to comply with a subpoena requesting documents that was served by New York Attorney General Letitia James in a lawsuit over what she alleges is a pattern of obstruction and interference, according to earlier reporting by Newsweek.

James served the subpoena in July to Ackerman McQueen, the NRA's former advertising firm, as a part of her administration's ongoing investigation into the association's tax-exempt status.