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Gun rights advocate: Trump, Walmart, Dick's have all miscalculated cost of decisions Featured

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From far left, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, President Donald Trump and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., look across the table in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, during a meeting with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) From far left, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, President Donald Trump and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., look across the table in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, during a meeting with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The stores that recently changed their policies on guns made an uninformed decision, says one gun advocate.

Those businesses are getting caught up in a social media storm, Nick Clark, with the gun advocacy group Wisconsin Carry, believes.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart and other businesses have recently changed policies, limiting firearm sales to those aged 21 and over, among other things.

"I think it's a bad business decision for them," Clark said. "Although, how bad, really depends on what percentage of their sales come from that and, I suspect, it's pretty small."

The Parkland, Fla., school shooting that left 17 dead hasn't gone away like a lot of mass shootings in recent history. Students demanding action, and President Donald Trump's recent televised meeting saying, "Take the firearms first, then go to court," completely contradicting Vice President Mike Pence, have kept the issue a hot topic.

Of course, a day after that meeting, Trump met privately with the NRA's top lobbyist, who came away tweeting this, "I had a great meeting tonight with (Trump and Pence). We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control."

But Clark lumps the stores right along with Trump's statements on gun control and believes, with the new policies for sales, it may be unconstitutional.

"I think it's obviously discrimination based on age," Clark said. "It's blatant discrimination based on age. And, so with that said, from a legal standpoint, only certain kinds of discrimination does the law, the statutes, make illegal.

"I don't know whether there would be a legal challenge in terms of 18 to 21 years but I think it's something to consider."

Clark also says Trump is losing many of his core voters through his current push on limiting gun rights.

Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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