It's 2019, and we are living in a society wherein we are afraid to send our children to school in the fear of them being shot.
It seems barbaric when it's written down in black and white, doesn't it? But, sadly, this is America's reality. U.S. gun control has long been too slack, and the statistics prove this fact further.
However, it seems as though different businesses are taking matters into their own hand, because it's not like the government is doing anything about it. They're too focused on keeping people out of our country, as opposed to the people dying within it.
First on the scene was Walmart, and now Dick's Sporting Goods.
Keep reading to find out exactly what the chief executive of the company has said on the matter.
Our country has been ravaged by horrific mass shootings for decades.
via: Getty ImagesAnd why is that? Because our government seems to think that it's more important for a person to "have the right to bear arms" than it is to have the right to live safely in their community.
It's so bad that experts have to use a "Mass Shooting Tracker" to tally them up.
via: GettyWhen a country needs a website to keep track of its nearly-daily mass shootings, you know things need to change. The Mass Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced database of U.S. mass shootings, with the website defining a “mass shooting" as a single outburst of violence in which 4 or more people are shot.
The website keeps track of our country's mass shootings.
It's time for our government to wake up.
via: GettyBecause the number of thus far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group.
And the statistics for the last couple pf months have been terrifying...According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, this year alone (so far) has seen the death of 474 innocent lives in the shootings that had been recorded, and these don't include single gun deaths.
August saw the highest ever spike in mass shootings.
via: GettyAnd the spate of violence has left our country on edge and has only intensified the on-going debate over our gun laws.
August got off to a terrible start.
via: GettyJust 3 days into the month, twenty-two people were horrifically killed in El Paso, when a gunman stormed a local Walmart Store.
It was a blatantly racist attack against El Paso's Hispanic community.
The suspect, a white man in his twenties who was taken into custody, wrote an anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online shortly before the attack, the authorities said.This is not to mention the fact that he wasn't instantly branded as a terrorist...
And, just 1 day following the El Paso attack, a further 9 people were killed in a completely unrelated shooting.
via: GettyAnd another twenty-seven were injured when a gunman wearing a mask and body armor opened fire in a busy entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.
Other shootings were spread out across the country.
via: GettyVarying from Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Detroit, over twenty different cities experienced at least 1 mass shooting in August.
And the month was brought to a close in the same way that it was opened...
via: GettyOn the final Saturday, 7 people were fatally shot, and a further twenty-one were injured in a brazen daylight drive-by mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa, as a gunman drove on the highways and streets opening fire on residents, motorists and shoppers.
When will this madness stop?
via: GettyFollowing these tragedies, Walmart was the first to make the bold move to stop selling handgun and rifle ammunition.
They have put a complete stop to these sales...
via: Getty ImagesIn addition to handgun ammunition, it is reported that Walmart has also stopped selling bullets for short-barrel rifles such as 2.23 caliber and 5.56 caliber.
Though the ban wasn't instant, it's in progression.
via: Getty ImagesThe ban is planned to come into effect once all stocks have been depleted, rather than taking all the unsold ammunition off the shelves. Doug McMillon, the CEO of Walmart, said in a statement: "In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again."
And, now, Dick's Sporting Goods are following suit.
via: Getty ImagesIn an interview, Edward W. Stack, the chief executive of the business said that this week, his company destroyed 5 million military-style, semiautomatic rifles.
He also mentioned that they were debating whether to keep on selling guns...
via: Getty ImagesWhile promoting his new book It’s How We Play the Game, Stack stated that the company is currently reviewing whether it should continue selling guns in over 750 of its stores.
Stack and his wife, Donna, have been debating this for a while.
via: Getty ImagesThe consequences that come with selling guns is the biggest reason as to why the couple is re-thinking the sale of the deadly product. Since the Parkland school shooting in February 2018, they have felt a sense of responsibility in the number of people harmed. I mean, that only makes them human, doesn't it?
They even went to meet the survivors of the horrendous attack.
via: Getty ImagesIn that same year, Dick's Sporting Goods also became one of the largest firearm stockists, but after seeing the destruction that these guns have caused for decades, the company realized enough was enough.
So that's why they've decided to burn 5 million dollars worth of stock.
via: Getty ImagesThis is what he had to say on the matter: "You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them." So he did.
He also heavily criticized Senator Mitch McConnell.
via: Getty ImagesThe Republican majority leader faced backlash from the business giant as Stack felt as though he wasn't taking the issues around gun laws seriously. "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." I'm glad that people are finally deciding to take action. Hopefully, more businesses decide to follow suit.