We Should All Be Suing Dick’s & Walmart
Several multinational corporations were quick to throw aside capitalism in the wake of the recent Florida school shooting and instead pursue social justice at the expense of American civil liberties. Rather than continuing to serve their customers by exchanging goods and services for cash, companies like Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Delta Airlines and others have launched attacks against the Second Amendment.
Delta was quick to cave under an avalanche of pressure from its second amendment supporting customers, but Dick’s and Walmart have not learned their lesson yet. Fortunately, a 20-year-old Oregon man has decided to adopt a strategy that every American should wholeheartedly endorse: He is trying to sue the pants off of Walmart and Dick’s.
Walmart and Dick’s have both snootily declared that they will no longer sell firearms to anyone under the age of 21. Tyler Watson says the companies are discriminating against him and all other 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds in America who are trying to exercise a constitutional right.
We want to note that Mr. Watson is old enough to vote and, if he should choose to do so, to proudly defend his home nation using any and all firearms at the disposal of the US military, if he should sign up to serve. But Dick’s and Walmart have decided on their own, and in violation of state and federal laws, that they shall suspend Mr. Watson’s rights in the pursuit of destroying the Second Amendment.
Mr. Watson is well within his rights to sue. Oregon law allows anyone over age 18 to purchase a rifle or a shotgun. Mr. Watson attempted to buy a .22 rifle from a subsidiary of Dick’s and the sale was denied. He is simply too young and irresponsible, according to Dick’s and Walmart.
This will surely offend the sensibilities of many liberals and social justice warriors who live in places like California and New York, but it needs to be said. In parts of America where we have not yet been browbeaten into thinking that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are outmoded and dangerous, using firearms is a way of life for us. Millions of Americans, all of whom are innocent of shooting up schools in Florida or elsewhere, agree with this position.
In Oregon, where Mr. Watson is from, for example, it is perfectly legal for a 12-year-old child (male or female, black or white) to obtain a hunting license and carry a rifle out in the woods to kill a deer or an elk. Children as young as 9 can join a youth hunter mentoring program and participate in the sport of game hunting with a responsible elder. Thousands of children in states that have not forgotten about the Constitution participate in this activity every year. None of them ever shoot up schools or any other location. They do this for sport, to put food on the table and because it is a way of life.
Millions of other Americans, who are also innocent of the Florida shooting or any other mass shooting, diligently go to the firing range every week to hone their shooting skills. These people practice their skills because they want to prepare for a day that will likely never come — one in which they are required to use their firearms to defend hearth and home from an invader, whether that invader is a common thief or an uncommon one acting under the cloak of a government agency. Shooting for the sake of honing personal firearms skills is also a way of life.
Millions of additional Americans, who again, are innocent of the Florida shooting, gather up bottles, cans, jugs of water, honeydew melons and anything else that might make a good target, and drive off to a nice open area and shoot these items. We do this for the sheer joy of shooting things and watching what bullets do to those things.
If we are feeling especially cheeky, we might refer to this activity as “recycling,” because those cans were going to the nearest dumpster before we rescued them for target duty. This activity — shooting for the sheer joy of doing it because it is fun — is likewise a way of life. Plenty of Americans who are under the age of 21 enjoy partaking in these activities.
Dick’s and Walmart have decided that millions of Americans are guilty of the Florida school shooting because of our way of life, and that we are no longer entitled to our constitutional right to defend our own lives.
We hope that the trial lawyers who have chosen to represent Tyler Watson’s case have especially sharp teeth. May they be as vicious in defending our rights in the courtroom as we would be if a social justice warrior ever came knocking on our door to collect our guns.
~ National Gun Network