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Profiles In Courage: Edward Stack
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Profiles in Courage: Edward Stack

Edward Stack

Edward Stack is the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, a business he inherited from his father in the 1980’s, and one which he built into a multi-national sporting goods powerhouse over the past 30 years. Dick’s Sporting Goods sells all manner of sports-related goods, including athletic apparel for every sport, gym equipment, sports equipment, shoes, and guns. The last of that list is what has earned Mr. Stack a place in our Profiles in Courage series.

In the wake of the recent Parkland school shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would ban the sale of assault-style weapons in its stores, as well as raise the age limit for buying a gun in their stores to 21.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Mr. Stack, “Based on what’s happened and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably.”

His decision to ban assault-style weapons from his stores and raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm made headlines across the world. Whatsmore, his company set an example that others followed soon thereafter. Several national chains that sell firearms announced similar changes to how they sell guns. Most notable among them was Walmart.


“It came to us that we could have been a part of this story,’’ Stack told the New York Times. “We said, ‘We don’t want to be a part of this any longer.’ ” salutes Edward Stack for his brave decision, and for his support of the #neveragain movement.

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  1. POST WHERE NEEDED Teens kill more people per day then guns do with their usage of cell phones while driving and under aged drinking and drug usage, They are the reason our insurance premiums are so high. Teens can get pregnant and deliver that innocent baby and throw that innocent baby in a drop box like you would do a book or dvd. Teens are the reason we have high medical bills from the innocent people they kill or cripple by their actions, •11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. •According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. •21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones. •Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone. •A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.

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