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By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2018 (San Diego) – Earlier this week, Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s largest gun retailers announced it will no longer sell assault rifles or high capacity ammunition magazines and is raising the age to 21 for all other gun purchases.

Now, following on that lead, other major retailers including Walmart, REI, Kroger and L.L. Bean have stepped up to the plate with gun sales limits of their own. Other companies have stopped partnering with the National Rifle Association on discounts for NRA members.

L.L. Bean, a major outdoor products retailer, announced Thursday that it will stop selling guns and ammunition to anyone under 21. The store sells only guns for hunting and target shooting, and already prohibits sales of assault weapons and handguns.

REI announced it will stop buying brands of non-gun items from Vista Outdoor, in an effort to pressure Vista to halt sales of assault weapons.  REI, like the other companies taking action, indicated it wants to do its part to help stop mass shootings such as one that killed 17 people at a Florida high school in February.

Other companies such as Hertz, Avis, MetLife, Delta and United Airlines have indicated they will no longer offer discounts to NRA members.

Kroger Company, a major grocery chain that also owns the Fred Meyer stores, has raised its age limits for guns sold in its stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  It has also broadened a ban on sales of assault weapons in some states to all of its locations effective immediately.

Walmart, the nation’s largest retail chain, stopped selling assault riflesin 2015 but now says it will stop selling items that resemble assault guns, such as air guns and toys made ot look like military-style assault rifles.  Walmart has also raised the age to 21 for all gun sales at its stores nationwide.

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...for letting us all know which stores, airlines, etc. to not give our money to. I'm sitting on a United flight right now in Denver. I made the reservation prior to learning it no longer wants my money. This is the last leg of my trip and I'll inform the crew when I leave that I'll no longer be flying with them and instead will fly American, which, not so ironically still believes in American rights, like the Bill of Rights and in particular the Second Amendment.

Boycotts do work two ways.

People who disagree with boycotts may give their business to competitors. 

As for United and American, I've had nightmare experiences on both of them, as well as on Delta.  America may suit your politics, but good luck if you have a serious problem during your flight.  We traveled to Costa Rica on American and due to TWO of their flights with mechanical problems plus other issues we were delayed over 24 hours each way.  Coming home they rerouted us, not through Texas as planned, but to Florida. Then on to South Carolina, due to extreme weather. They chintzed on compensation for meals etc. during those delays and never refunded our ticket, gave us a free flight, or compensated us for a night's hotel that we'd paid for in Costa Rica and couldn't stay in. 

Delta nearly caused me to miscarry a child years ago and United left me stranded after a two-hour wait at the airport when i got to the front of the check-in line and they announced they were going on strike.

Now I fly Southwest whenever I can, or any alternative carrier, or just drive.


I never understand people who boycott companies.

Like the people who get up in arms about Wal-Mart.  There's a Wal-Mart in Parkway Plaza where I work.  If I need something, I walk in, buy what I need and leave.  I don't have a panic attack.  I don't start yelling at minimum wage employees about how the company they work for is evil and "controlling everything."'s a store.  Or in this case, a plane.  If you need to get somewhere far away, what are you gonna do?  Walk because you were too busy complaining about who they support?  It's JUST a plane.  You're not gonna die if you pay them $300 to get where you need to go.

Sometimes boycotts work, though.

As a consumer, we each have the right if we choose to not patronize businesses for any reason.  Besides formal boycotts, I've withheld my business for years from a couple of airlines due to very bad experiences and mistreatment by airline personnel.  It can be done, though may mean paying a little more or taking a more circuitous route.  One caused me to nearly miscarry, forcing me to run through an airport carrying a toddler when they cancelled a flight and did nothing to help me reach the next flight leaving a full mile away through DFW. 

Boycotts have been successful used by consumers to integrate work places,  improve safety and environmental standards, protect animals, and by both right- and left-wing groups to pressure companies to drop controversial political stances.

Of course anyone who doesn't care about those things or  who is limited transportation-wise and needs to shop at close-by stores is not obligated to participate in any boycotts if they prefer not to. 

I agree though that customers should never be rude to store employees, who are not responsible for the policies of the owners or management.





I agree Liz, If a few people don't shop at a retailer it makes no difference to their income. I do "vote" with my money by avoiding businesses with policies that I disagree with but that only makes ME feel good.


The NRA is taking a real beating. The question remains - will Trump remain loyal to them after accepting the many dollars in bribery, oops, I mean campaign contributions? Didn't Donald mention in at least one of his speeches as he was running for president, that he would not accept large donations from corporations, and eliminate such tactics in the future for those running for political offices?