Another store drops modern rifles, slams customers

down-the-drainIn this case, the store is a small chain in Iowa and Colorado, and the reason is the owner’s personal anti-gun animus. He took the trouble to express contempt for his (former) gun buying customers in an interview with an Iowa reporter.

The store’s a sporting goods store which has had a couple of aliases but is now called Jax Mercantile. Anti-gun reporter Pat Curtis applies considerable slant to his (her? its? “Pat” is one of those names that keeps you guessing, just ask Saturday Night Live) story, but here are the key sentences.

Store owner Jim Quinlan says he’s struggled with selling firearms that come with magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. He says after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut he didn’t want any part in that business.

[S]ome shoppers swear they won’t visit the store again. …“I guess that’s a customer we won’t have any longer,” Quinlan says.

Most sportsmen, Quinlan notes, don’t have a need for guns that fire multiple rounds.“Most sportsman use one bullet or maybe two bullets.”

Retailer stops sales of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

Got that? You’re not a sportsman, you have no rights, and he doesn’t want your business.

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Hat tip: The Gun Wire.

7 thoughts on “Another store drops modern rifles, slams customers

  1. Nick

    Did he really say the line about 10 round magazines?

    because that sounds oddly like anti gun rhetoric masquerading as fact.

    1. Hognose Post author

      We did edit his statements (as quoted by a local reporter in Ames) down to just the anti-gun components, which makes it look more like an anti-gun diatribe than the rambling and mewling bag of snivel that it was. Check it out at the link.

  2. Darkwater

    K-Mart made such a principled stand a few years ago: no more ammunition. Within hardly any time at all, they went belly up and were acquired by Sears.

    I can appreciate someone who has the courage of their convictions. But to have courage, it demands some effort and sacrifice. I will show my appreciation for their courage by refusing to shop there — that’s what they are wanting, after all. If their business model goes down in flames, then they and all their ex-employees have the warmth of knowing that they spent themselves in a worthy cause.

    Notice that in these cases, it is not some powerful select group of a few individuals who put the kibosh on these businesses — it is a majority of the shopping public. The press just doesn’t seem to understand how obscure these pious protests are.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Good point, that it’s a mass of people rather than what the papers call “the gun lobby.” I’ve had people tell me the gun makers own and run the NRA. Those people don’t get that it isn’t the genius of the lobbying staff, it’s their ability to get some percentage of the millions of members calling and writing that makes all the difference.

      Think I mentioned Herself buying Kid some arrows at Dick’s because no one else had field points for miles and miles around. (He has already lost half the arrows in the show, so archery may soon be over until spring). It’s true that in the space in between Christmas and New Year’s no one’s going to be that busy, but the clerk did tell her that she was the only customer he’d seen since Christmas who was buying anything — everyone else is returning. She told him that she’d have to hide the Dick’s bag from Kid because he’d said “Dick’s is dead to me.”

      He’s 13 years old and has 80 or 90 years of buying stuff ahead of him, and I have no idea what they could do to win him — or me — back.

  3. McThag

    I am originally from Ames and to claim that Jax opened as Ames Surplus is nearly a crime. Jax is just in the same lot that the surplus store used to sit on.

    Ames is a very liberal town as befits being utterly dominated by a land grant university (Iowa State), so it’s no shock that response has been “positive”.

    Jacobson’s in Story City is a better gun store anyways!

  4. Jim

    So I think as a matter of principle, the store owner should figure out what his profits have been over the years from the sales of those evil firearms and then donate that amount to any anti gun organization of his choice. And then widely publicize it so that all of his customers, former and potential, will know just how he feels about them. Or, as a matter of principle, offer to buy back those firearms at full current market value, then personally supervise the destruction of those evil multi shot weapons. And of course he should publicize that event to the fullest for the benefit of his customers. That would be helpful in keeping the wrong type of customerfrom cluttering up his store. See how that works out for him.

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