First it was private equity house,Cerebus, unloading its Bushmaster gun company – I merely noticed it knowing that the California Teachers Retirement fund was vested in Cerebus and therefore, a part owner in Bushmaster. Such a PR faux pas was not going to last long – and it didn’t as it is now set for “divestiture”. Then Dick’s, a major sporting goods retailer, decided to pull all of its “black rifle” inventory off the shelves nationwide after the news came out that kiddie murderer Adam Lanza had tried to purchase a rifle there (which failed as Dick’s personnel followed the law, started to do the background check, and Lanza didn’t complete the transaction when the seller behind the counter told him there was a 3 day wait via CT law). What they should have done is spotlight the employee AND themselves for doing the right things according to the Law.
Well, I needed a few things, so before work this morning, I went to Cheaper Than Dirt, an internet retailer of firearms and lots of other stuff, to buy them. I’ve used them in the recent past, bought quite a bit of stuff, and their shipping and accuracy was spot on. Well, imagine my surprise to what I found and the email I dashed off to them:
I went to your site this morning to order more supplies from your company and found this at the top of the page:
I wish to know how long this temporary suspension will last? I also wish to know, in a return email, if you decide to no longer sell firearms.
In the meantime, I will put into place my own “temporary suspension” of purchasing from your firm – with the likelihood of it becoming permanent if you make the decision to demonstrate that you do not have the backbone to stand up to Political Correctness pressure and arguments. After all, if you cannot stand up for our community, why should we stand up for you?
It seems that the Company, sorta like that online back up company Carbonite that decided to diss Rush Limbaugh over the Sandra “slut” Fluke brouhaha, has created a HUGE PR Disaster for itself with existing customers. It’s Facebook page has THOUSANDS of comment of angry customers. I dunno if they are a private company or publicly traded, but if the latter, I’m going to start watching their stock tank over the next few days…