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Petition Urges Dick's Sporting Goods to End Ammunition Sales

Gun control advocates are asking the Moon-based sporting goods retailer to stop stocking high-powered magazines.

A Mississippi teacher is circulating a petition online requesting that Dick's Sporting Goods discontinue the sale of high-powered ammunition in light of a Colorado movie theater massacre that killed 12 and wounded 58. 

The petition, which has gained more than 4,000 signatures, asks the national sporting goods retailer, which is headquartered in Moon Township, to stop selling high-capacity magazines in its stores and online.  

24-year-old James Holmes is charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder after Colorado police said he opened fire last month in a theater during a showing of the Batman film Dark Knight Rises, killing more than a dozen moviegoers.

Authorities said he used a high-powered, semi-automatic assault rifle in the shooting that was capable of unloading as many as 50 to 60 rounds per minute. He also brought two Glock pistols and a shotgun with him to the theater, according to the Associated Press. 

Read the petition here.

The petition was started by Mississippi health teacher Getty Israel, who says pulling high-capacity ammunition from store shelves could deter a similar massacre, according to a statement from MoveOn.org, which has endorsed the effort. 

Dick's Sporting Goods could not be reached for comment and has not yet responded to the petition. The company operates more than 500 locations across the country, including one at the Mall at Robinson, and is based out of a Court Street facility.

What do you think? Should Dick's Sporting Goods pull ammunition for high-powered guns from its shelves? Is making ammunition less accessible effective gun control? Do you purchase ammunition from Dick's? Log in and share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Grey August 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Another educated idiot that doesn't know what the heck there talking about. She's wanting ammo to not be sold. Really! ? Did she and the others not understand that he had his home wired to blow up with homemade explosives. If he would have taken those explosives into that theatre more people would have died.
Stranger August 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Whoever wrote this really should make an effort to understand what she is writing about. Ammunition is one thing, "high capacity magazines" generally those the firearm is intended to be used with. Accessory magazines make guns unreliable, something you do not need when the bad guys are coming in your house. In addition, let me point out the fact that it is a very good thing "active killer" James Holmes had a non-standard magazine. It jammed after a very few shots, reportedly spilling unfired ammunition all over the theater floor. And finally, like the other mass murders committed by active killers, it occurred in a posted "gun free zone." The median number of deaths when an active killer is stopped by a private citizen carrying a gun is 2.6. The median number killed when the police stop an active killer is 13.2. For a crowd of 300, there would normally have been 8 people carrying a gun in that theater. But there were none. So a dozen people died instead of two or three. More guns mean less crime, less violence, and fewer lives lost. Each and every time. Stranger
tim August 04, 2012 at 12:35 AM
the investigation is still underway and many facts are still unknown.....how many shooter, do the police really have one of the shooters, is it a conspiracy.........m/b we should take bottle water off the market because some one can drown in a cup of water....

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