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This came from a funny post about inappropriate things little kids do. Apparently one family didn’t find this so inappropriate after all:


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 30, 2018 8:14 pm

    Wild bears are relatively shy animals and have no desire to interact with humans.
    Yeah. Until they aren’t.

    Any bets on which part of the comic the school pecksniffs thought was inappropriate.
    “This is my rifle; this is my gun. This is for fighting; this is for fun.”

    No comment on the interaction between “naked” and hot brass.

  2. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson December 1, 2018 3:53 am

    Once upon a time, I worked for a company that sold AR’s. When a tragic crime was committed with an AR and our company was bombarded with phone calls demanding that we stop selling those weapons, the stock answer was “We are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment. (Click).” Life went on, and we continued to sell lots of AR’s. The owners had a point of view and they didn’t back down when they believed they were right. Our customers’ loyalty never waivered.

    Those days are gone. The company changed hands. When Parkland happened, we got phone calls about the insensitivity of our company for publishing an ad the very same week that included AR’s (the ad was 24 pages long and included everything from dog food to women’s fashion clothing and was printed and queued for distribution 30 days before the shooting). Within days word came down from above that we would no longer advertise AR’s (nor T shirts with gun images).

    We still sell AR’s, you just wouldn’t know it from our ads.

    Corporate managers fear controversy. Dicks is full of professional corporate executives who know spreadsheets and accounting tricks, but they don’t know squat about the P.R. power of sticking-to-your-guns (literally). I predict their business will wilt, and they’ll blame a bad economy, decline in hunting, tough competition, etc., instead of their business decisions. Their virtuous virtue signalling will having nothing to do with it.

  3. Claire
    Claire December 1, 2018 6:50 am

    “Their virtuous virtue signalling will having nothing to do with it.”

    Thanks for another insightful report from the ground zero of retailing, Ron. I think you’re right about Dick’s wilting (which sounds rather pathetically pornographic, doesn’t it?). It seems that another thing those corporate execs really don’t know is their customer base.

    Other than some hipster outfit like REI, how many sporting goods stores can completely cut hunters and gun enthusiasts out of their customer base and stay healthy — especially, as Sebastian says, with Amazon nipping at their butts?

  4. Mike
    Mike December 1, 2018 8:30 am

    About the Marriott hack… Meh, last time we stayed in one of these hotels, I was with my wife on a business trip. That credit card is long gone, and we have always been in the habit while traveling of using a PO box as our home address. On the seldom occasions where we were asked for a street address we explained that we lived on a boat. And, if you’re one of those who are lazy and don’t check your credit card statements every month, you deserve to get taken.

    About the bump stocks… I wonder when they will get around to banning elastic bands because an elastic band can be used in place of a bump stock.

    About Dick’s Sporting Goods… I’ve never shopped there since I’m not in the US of A and now I never will. Just as up here, I will never set foot in a Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) again because of their anti firearms stance. After that Hogg idiot started to preach his gospel of Anti-gun BS, the people who run MEC decided to drop all the lines made my manufactures who also made firearms like Camp Chef by Browning.

    About the St. Louis cops who went out with the intention of “whooping ass”… I’m happy to be North of the border because while the cops up here may do stupid things like these cops did, they are held to account more often so it’s not as prevalent. Here’s an example of how the system works:

    I read the story about the kid who was named Abcde and I laughed. I guess I’m a bad person…

  5. ProGunFred
    ProGunFred December 1, 2018 9:04 am

    Life without government? We’d be multi-planetary by now and remember those flying cars we were promised? The US is one big pump and dump scheme.

  6. James
    James December 1, 2018 3:44 pm

    Naked hippies with adult bits … and machine guns! I LOVE IT!!! Sounds like a statist’s vision of hell, doesn’t it?

    I think the dad’s response was pretty much perfect.

  7. Comrade X
    Comrade X December 2, 2018 10:25 am

    I’ve come to think that Dick’s was named correctly.

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