Dick's Sporting Goods Destroyed $5 Million in Guns: 'Worth It' If 'It Saves 1 Life,' Says CEO

Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroyed $5 Million in Guns: ‘Worth It’ If ‘It Saves 1 Life,’ Says CEO

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The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods said in a recent interview that his company has destroyed more than $5 million worth of assault weapons in the chain store’s inventory and turned the weapons into scrap metal. “I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,’” CEO Edward W. Stack told CBS Sunday Morning . Stack said his company was reviewing whether it would continue to sell guns in the chain’s stores, which number more than 700. Stack said he’d been grappling with the ethics of selling assault weapons since the February 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida , in which 17 people were killed. The suspect in the attack bought a gun in a Dick’s store, and even though that particular gun wasn’t used in the school shooting, Stack said the massacre forced him to confront hard questions. RELATED: PEOPLE’s Call to Action: Contact Congress to Ask What Is Being Done to Stop the Epidemic of Gun Violence “So many people say to me, you know, ‘If we do what you want to do, it’s not going to stop these mass shootings,’” Stack said. “And my response is: ‘You’re probably right. It won’t. But if we do these things and it saves one life, don’t you think it’s worth it?’” Previously, Dick’s — based in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania — banned the sale of military-style rifles at its 35 Field & Stream stores […]

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