Walmart, Dick’s Pull Assault Weapons: Is it Enough?

In light of the Newtown, Conn., shootings major retailers across the county are pulling certain assault weapons from their shelves. The National Rifle Association has even issued a statement that it’s ready to make “meaningful contributions.”

As the cry for tighter gun control laws sounds louder throughout America and right here in Tampa Bay, major retailers are reacting.

Walmart has announced plans to stop selling the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle through its online store.

That particular assault rifle is in the same family of guns as the one Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter in the Newtown massacre, reportedly used in the massacre, the Huffington Post reports. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods, which has a number of Tampa Bay area locations, has also announced a shift in its stocking preferences. That store has suspended the sale of some semi-automatic weapons from all stores in the chain.

In a statement, the store said it ordered the move out of respect for the victims and families of Newtown. Friday’s shooting left 20 children, all between the ages of 6 and 7, and six adults, plus the shooter, dead.

“We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community,” a statement on the Dick’s website said.

Locally, to pass a ban on assault weapons immediately. She joins a chorus of others, including President Barack Obama, who say now is the time to act.

The National Rifle Association has even ended its post-Newtown silence, issuing a vague statement that it is ready to make “meaningful contributions.” The Second Amendment rights lobbying group plans a press conference on Friday to elaborate on the statement.

Here’s what we’d like to know Tampa Bay: Do you think the actions of Walmart and Dick’s go far enough? Are politicians just saber rattling or do you think the time for an all-out ban has come? What would you consider a “meaningful contribution” from the NRA? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Capy January 04, 2013 at 02:03 AM
RCAROL...are you completely clueless or just letting your emotions go crazy?
R T K January 21, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Ed Harris your statement is a joke not the NRA If we hade NO NRA we would have NO GUNS today Think of all the lifes were saved buy Guns MORE GUN LAWS WILL NOT HELP A THING we have 20,000 gun laws now on the books in the USA
R T K January 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM
We can make a statement by not buying things from Walmart and Dicks Support our Constitution Stand up for our rights I know I will
Deborah Weatherby January 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM
sooo, do you really think that having an assault rifle with a mega clip is going to scare a tyrannical government from totally destroying you with a drone, or even the national guard pulling up to your door with a tank or my all time favorite, the Manville 25mm Projectile Launcher, now theres a weapon that will wipe out your house, your car, your whole family. No I think thats called suicide by cop.
Robertfloman January 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM
You can argue gun control all you want to but it doesn’t solve the problem that caused the shooting in the first place. Society, schools and our sense of community has broken down. The people that wend off the deep end and committed these terrible atrocities where all mental ill and felt lost or shunned from their communities. You’re not going to end mental illness and you’re not going to stop killings with more gun control. We as Americans need to refocus on our communities and our relationships with nor neighbors, friends and families.


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