The mayor of Pittsburgh, Penn., William Peduto awarded the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ed Stack, the “Maverick in Leadership” award for “work on behalf of common-sense gun safety measures,” in his efforts to prop up gun control in-house and abroad.
“It’s my honor to present Ed Stack with this award, and to celebrate the integrity and courage he has shown in taking on what we in Pittsburgh know to be one of the most important fights of our time – protecting our neighborhoods, schools, places of worship and all public places from the gun violence epidemic,” Mayor Peduto said.
Under Stack, Dick’s Sporting Goods has pulled firearms off shelves from all their locations and affiliate stores like Field & Stream, specifically “assault”-style guns, guns with “high-capacity” magazines and bump stock accessories. Concurrently, Dick’s profits have lagged behind other business in the sporting goods sector that continue to sell common firearms.
In addition to ending the sale of popular guns, the company enacted a new policy not to sell guns to 18-20-year-olds, even when the sales would be legal. Stack also joined the gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety’s business council.
Stack pledged support for a ban on semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines, ending sales to any adults under the age of 21 and a ban on private gun sales.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” Dick’s explained in a statement, cites the National Review. “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.”
“There’s going to be some pushback and we expected that,” said Stack during an earnings call. “There are going to be the people who don’t shop us anymore for anything.”
The Daily Caller points out that it’s fitting for Stack to receive an award from Peduto. The mayor recently sponsored gun control legislation that would violate his state’s preemption laws.
“The choice of Peduto to present the award to Stack was inspired,” they wrote. “In his pursuit of gun control, Peduto has breached his duty to the public by advocating for local anti-gun measures that are illegal under Pennsylvania law. It can be argued that Stack has deviated from his duty to shareholders in order to indulge his political predilections.”