“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” noted the CEOs of 145 corporations in a letter to the U.S. Senate in September, 2019. They urged Congress to expand background checks on all gun sales and issue stronger red flag laws, which are “…common-sense, bipartisan and widely supported by the American public.”
Signatories included the CEOs of well-known retailers, technology companies, and financial institutions, including Airb&b, Bain Capital, Conde Nast, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gap, Horizon Media, Levi Strauss, Lyft, Next Door, Royal Caribbean Cruises, RXR Realty, Survey Monkey, TOMS, Twitter, Uber and Yelp.
“Gun violence is a public health crisis that demands urgent action,” the executives wrote, adding that they have a responsibility and obligation to stand up for the safety of their employees, customers, and people across the country.
“Gun violence in America is not inevitable; it’s preventable. There are steps Congress can, and must, take to prevent and reduce gun violence.”
Also in September, Walmart announced it will reduce gun sales in stores nationwide and stop selling short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition. It will also ask customers to stop openly carrying guns in its stores as well as at Sam’s Club, even in states where open carry is legal. Retailers like Walgreens, CVS, and Kroger also joined Walmart, asking shoppers to not openly carry firearms in stores.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, which banned the sale of assault weapons after the Parkland shooting, has announced it will remove all guns from 125 stores.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Help these corporations stand strong against the push-back of the radical gun rights lobby. If you’re a customer of the businesses listed, call or meet briefly with the store manager and tell them you appreciate their support of additional gun safety regulations. Or, print out our letter and drop it off when you shop.
Already there is push back in the form of lawsuits and boycotts for the earlier actions of Dick’s Sporting Goods (contact info below). The NRA is actively fighting corporate action. We need to let the companies know that they have public support.
Dear Store Manager,
I support the position your corporation has taken in calling for stronger measures to combat gun violence. I appreciate the letter to Congress (9.12.2019) which your CEO signed, calling for action on this issue. As your customer, I applaud the leadership you have taken to call attention to the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Thank you!
Dick’s Sporting Goods:
Edward W. Stack, Chairman and CEO
345 Court Street, Coraopolis, PA 15108