Pittsburgh Mayor Gives Dick’s CEO Award for Gun Control

Dick’s CEO received the “Maverick in Leadership” award from the mayor of Pittsburgh for his efforts to promote gun control with his business. (Photo: Dick’s/Facebook)

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.

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“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.”

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  • Rip Lupo October 11, 2019, 7:49 am

    Scranton, Pa. Field and Stream sells guns and ammo. They are DDicks .They pick there spots. They don’t sell AR’s but sells everything else. Not everyone subscribes to Guns America so they have no clue and shop there anyway. Pittsburgh’s mayor, Vote that wasteful politician out.

  • Lester July 4, 2019, 10:50 am

    I too have stopped shopping there as well.

    Sense they started there anti 2nd stance I have purchased > 15 firearms elsewhere,,,,,,,

    HOW YA LIKE THEM APPLES DICKS ? You’ve not only lost any profit from those sales, but I used to shop there frequently for all types of sporting goods.

    Now I can proudly say I haven’t spent one red cent there in almost 5 years,,,I hope they go belly up to be honest .

  • Michael g Hegyan jr July 1, 2019, 8:22 pm

    The reincarnation of Kamila Harris ( male version anyway )

  • john sabin June 30, 2019, 6:04 pm

    It is with great honor and privilege, that my entire family will NEVER spend 1 dime at Dicks Sporting Goods.

  • Randy Sravus June 29, 2019, 4:27 pm

    Dicks. Name kinda says it all, doesn’t it.

  • Gourdhead June 28, 2019, 4:20 pm

    I don’t even think about buying from Dick’s any longer. When Stack when full libtard, I was done. I used to buy a lot of fishing, hunting, camping and an occasional firearm, but those days are in the rearview mirror. I am looking forward to their ‘Going Out of Business’ sale, which I won’t attend. See if Stack can get a gig like this when Dick’s tanks.

  • Andy June 28, 2019, 3:37 pm

    I have not bought anything at DICKS nor will I ever. Destroyed my credit card and Mr. Stack has ruined a good thing. Has Peduto quit thinking about Bike Lanes and started handing out awards?

  • John S Stagg June 28, 2019, 1:21 pm

    I suppose dick’s is going to depend on the sodomite, transvestite, pedophiles to buy their crap. Those degenerates don’t buy sporting goods you dummies. They hate guns but they don’t buy sporting goods either. They are too busy raping little boys and girls. What this means for toothpick dick is chapter 11 and reorganization, then an out of business sale.

  • Robert Berent June 28, 2019, 12:58 pm

    Many people including myself have stopped making purchases at Dicks. Stopped even considering Yeti for coolers. We stopped buying fishing and camping equipment there.
    If your in the mall, look how many people are customers compared to all the employees making themselves look busy.

  • Josh Rowe June 28, 2019, 11:37 am

    I won hundred percent agree everyone should stop shopping there. Make sure though, if you have gift cards from there to go and use them and not spend a penny over the gift card amount. If you don’t use that card it’s like giving them that money for free. Make sure You buy some sort of hard goods to. Clothing, snacks, and disposables are usually high markup items.

  • Gus June 28, 2019, 11:02 am

    Why would one want to shop at dicks the prices are high their inventory sucks they sell guns but they don’t sell the ammunition for some of the guns they sell. did I say their inventory sucks don’t be a dick don’t shop at Dick’s

  • Tad Pole June 28, 2019, 10:53 am

    I Gave Them My “Award for Gun Control” Have NOT Spent One Thin Dime @ Dick’s, Can’t Wait For Them To Go Down The Slot.

  • Carl June 28, 2019, 10:19 am

    Never shop at dicks ever their stock is down and will eventually be out of business ..good riddance DICKS!!!!L!

  • Kevin Baxter June 28, 2019, 8:50 am

    Ditto previous postings: I haven’t shopped at Dick’s since their decision to oppose my rights, and never will.
    To put that in perspective: I don’t drink Pepsi products since their Geraldine Ferraro commercial in 1981.

  • MagnumOpUS June 28, 2019, 8:34 am

    Kiss of Death.

  • M C Durden June 28, 2019, 8:33 am

    I was at an academy sports in Greenville NC and saw a sign that stated shop at academy sports we appreciate our customers ( And WE are NOT DICK’S)

  • JB June 28, 2019, 7:59 am

    “A maverick in gun control” they give him a medal for just about putting himself ot of business. Yeah, everyone needs a trophy for being dumb!

  • Jay June 28, 2019, 7:27 am

    “But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.”
    Oh hell ya we have to solve a non existent problem that has been made up for nothing but Control!
    We have more death from alcohol, auto accidents, even drowning, or how about medical malpractice, all more death than any and all gun accidents or shootings combined!

  • Gem Gram June 28, 2019, 7:27 am

    Dick’s is no longer a chain store that I will buy from. Since it was convenient I would often stop in to shop for fishing and hunting things. I will no longer do that. It is their freedom to sell what they wish and if they had simply stopped selling guns I would have continued to shop there, but they choose to make it a political issue and came out to support violating the intent of the 2nd Amendment and my right to exercise that right. So I choose to exercise my right to not only NOT buy from them but also my freedom of speech to ask everyone I know to also NOT shop at Dick’s. Cabelas and other stores are easily available for hunting and fishing, and almost everything else they sell is easily and cheaper at Target, Wall Mart, and even off the internet at such sites as Amazon and Ebay. Hopefully the decisions of Dick’s executives will result in the death of this chain.

  • Robert Lucas June 28, 2019, 7:22 am

    Anti-constitutionalist’s stand for nothing. The situation determines their support for an issue and their emotions rule, not reason and rationality.

    Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States…

    A FIREARM, like any other source of power, is a force for either good or evil, being neither, but dependent upon those who possess it.

  • The SGM June 28, 2019, 6:28 am

    I have been to Dicks Sporting Goods twice and on both occasions found the sales personnel oblivious to my inquiries about binoculars and hockey equipment, then came the weapons fiasco and I have not and will not go back.
    If they truly wanted to ” solve the problem that is in front of them” they would be doing something to limit the number of illegal weapons on the street, getting weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them. They are woosies not leaders.

  • Josh June 28, 2019, 6:04 am

    Smokescreens and mirrors, what a bunch of crap. Dicks sporting goods owns Field & Stream and they sell lots of ammo and guns in my area.

  • ronald grogg June 28, 2019, 4:31 am

    should anyone expect any thing thing less from this simple minded jerk ?? and i use the word mind very loose

  • leo June 28, 2019, 4:12 am

    My personal award – I don’t buy anything anymore from dicks and everyone who likes freedom should do the same

    • Kevin Jones June 28, 2019, 6:44 am

      Are used to buy tons of stuff from Dick’s but after they started their crap. Ihave not even been back. Every one need to stop shopping there. Soon I hope that they go out of business. They slowly are. But not soon enough.

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