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Cheaper Than Dirt Gives in to Anti-Gun Lobby

Online firearms and accessories retailer Cheaper Than Dirt announced today on Facebook that they are selling us out and suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. Another example of the culture war that we are losing.

This one particularly stings, because I have in the past ordered from Cheaper Than Dirt. Those days, however, and now gone.

23 Responses to Cheaper Than Dirt Gives in to Anti-Gun Lobby

  1. Brandon December 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Man, this is too much. I am being engaged in conversations everyday about my views on guns and why I carry. It’s exhausting, but I will never give up.


    • Brandon December 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Keep fighting the good fight.

  2. Steve December 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Exactly what is NOT needed right now. Any yielding in the 2nd amendment community will bring an avalanche of those who wish to pile on. A sad consequence of ignorant manipulation by the media.

  3. Greg N December 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I too have ordered firearms, ammo and accessories from CTD, but if this holds true, I will spend no more money there!

  4. Kristian S. December 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    A very poor business decision. I really doubt that the anti-gun left makes up a large part of their customer base.

  5. John December 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I left them the following comment before I “unliked” them:

    John McIntyre Man, I’m hoping that you at least fire your media relations person for putting up that totally inadequate statement! If there was some reason that you were reconsidering firearm sales, like it just hadn’t turned out to be profitable for you or that you were tweaking your website to make it easier to purchase them, you should have said that. Actually you should have reconsidered first, then acted, not the other way around. As it is it leaves everyone with the firm (and probably lasting) impression that you wimped out. Your years of being supportive of gun rights and gun sports evaporated in an instant by a facebok post. What a waste.

    As soon as I can make the Unlike button work then I’m out the door, too.
    about a minute ago · Like

  6. Greg Latosynski December 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    And so it begins

  7. AL December 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm #



    • Shannon Baker December 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

      Based on their silence and today’s press release the NRA may be about to cave as well.

  8. Dave December 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I stopped shopping there years ago when they decided to charge you twice for shipping cause they say it comes from different warehouses and the fact that there not cheaper.
    Cheaper than dirt sucks they haven’t gotten any if my money in years and now they never will

  9. Burns December 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Stand firm. Boycott any retailer, manufacturer that caves.

  10. vince December 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    They raised prices to ridiculous levels, yet another place I will never give my money to.

  11. josiah December 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I left the following email

    Dear Cheaper than dirt,

    I have always appreciated buying from your company in years past, but i will no longer be able to support your operation. I have heard that in a knee-jerk fashion you have suspended all sales of Firearms on your website due to the tragedy in CT. I am making it clear to you that if you will not stand up for the 2nd amendement I will not support you as a business. I will let my friends know (and keep letting them know) not to buy from you.


  12. cookie December 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I left a similar e-mail and called them to voice my complaints with them.

  13. harvey montgomery December 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    what a shame. that a company lets a bad and sad incendent such as sandy point dictate company policy. banning guns is not the answer.poeple are not looking at the big picture of this tragedy. there are a meried of problems with this country and the first thing the hand rings of this country want too do is band guns. well enough of my soap box. thank you for reading. harvey

  14. Joseph Ortega December 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Cowards… Never gonna get my business for ammo again… Palmetto state armory ftw!

  15. david emot December 19, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    This is a slap in the face to all of those who died defending our freedoms and constitution — these number in the million of amercians. 20 kids killed is not good; but to turn around and do this is a slap in the face of all who have given their blood in defense of this country

  16. David December 19, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Yes, it is a slap in the face. The job of the government is to act in the best interest of the safety of its citizens. To make progress towards a better quality of life, and to pass laws however unpopular, to ensure the COLLECTIVE well being of its people. The 2nd ammendment was passed by a group of intelligent men fearful that their new country would not survive in the face of tyranny. At the time our country was defended by local militia, men armed only with their privately owned weapons. IT is understandable why the felt the need to protect that right. However, now we have citizen soldiers, and arguably the strongest military in the world. The 2nd amendment like many other amendments, has become obsolete and counterproductive to the well being of this nation. What about the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? How are people free to pursue these priniciples when they are too terrified to send their kids to school for fear that a mentally unstable person has acquired a gun through some legal loophole. I am glad to know that so many people are willing to allow a nation to live in fear, to live where the ability to own weapons with the sole purpose to kill and kill efficiently is held in higher regard than the lives of our neighbors…and our children. As much as I may enjoy guns, I have seen enough death. We are better than this, this culture of violence is beneath us.

    • Brandon December 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Self-defense is not a culture of violence. Turn off your TV and think for yourself. The 2A is NOT obsolete, that’s completely ridiculous.

      This “mentally unstable person” got his guns the same place most criminals get them – illegally. He stole them. No laws will prevent that.

      You go ahead and trade your freedoms for temporary security – I’ll pass.

    • Frank Sharpe December 19, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

      I’d be more than happy to take your guns off your hands, David.

    • LT December 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      What country do you live in? This country was taken from my ancestors at the tip of a gun, much like every other political conquest. I have news for you, the criminals don’t follow the laws. The only thing you do when you remove guns from the American people is empower the american criminal. We have many models to look at. I am from Alaska and we have a everyone can carry law. Not anywhere near the crime as you find in gun free zones such as Chicago and New York. You should do a little more research on the subject before you suggest such a destructive idea as to disarm the american people. We are no longer “We the people” if we do not have the ability to defend our republic. Based on your statement I can only surmise that you are either a useful idiot or a willful traitor. Either way this is America and I would fight, with my gun, for you to have the right to speak your mind. By the way, the freedom of information act has pretty much proven our government to be a gagle of lowlife criminals. Our government is on record with mass coverups. They can not be truted. Wake up man!!!

  17. John December 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I’ve read your comment through a couple of times. I’ll try to address your points as I see them.
    1) You are exactly right in the role of government being to act in the best interests of its citizens, and not just concerning safety. As I think you would agree though, our legislators seldom get it right. Part of that is due to the game of politics, the give and take and the back door deals, but part of it is that our legislators are not far-seeing enough to craft their bills in a way that keeps them from having the exact opposite of the intended effect. You can pick any law from any area, civil rights, education, securities and exchange oversight, etc., etc., and see my point. “Obama-care” will be the same. So, even if you believe that some form of gun control (on top of the existing pile of control laws) will somehow turn our culture around and prevent guns being used in these type of mass killings, I would think you would be quaking in your boots as to just how far in the wrong direction the eventual law could go. You can look at California to see where the law-makers with a history of pushing gun control would take us. Not just anything that has enough doo-dads to be loosely termed an “assault rifle” but a very long list of banned semi-auto rifles, and probably pistols, could well be the result. Are you prepared for that?

    2) Again, you are right in that our forefathers feared a tyrannical government. Not just the one they were rebelling against, but the one they feared ours might become. Whenever what “we the people” want becomes far less important than what the government wants, when the government becomes an ever-increasing force in our lives and is more concerned with its well-being than ours, you have tyranny. You might not see it here in the U.s. or think it possible, but you can certainly see it elsewhere in the world, and you can certainly see the progression from where we started to where we are now and be able to extrapolate where we are headed. The second amendment calls for well-regulated standing militias to protect us from outside dangers, but the right to keep and bear arms was so that we could protect ourselves against our own government. Read the Declaration of Independence:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
    They used the term “whenever” in saying it is the right of the people to alter or abolish one government and institute another. If they had meant that their revolution was a one time event occasioned by extraordinary circumstances they would have chosen words to say so, but they fully meant that “anytime” a government became abusive, or non-responsive, or worked to its own ends over the welfare of it citizens then its citizens had the God-given right to overthrow that government. That took muskets then but it would take a lot more than the semi-automatics with 30 round mags that we have now. But the Declaration of Independence and the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution aren’t all we have to go by. You can look at the constitutions of the original 13 colonies and see the same wording for the same reasons. You can look at the records of the proceedings where the State and Federal constitutions were debated and the intent is obvious. We were given the right to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves from our own governments.

    3) There is more than one common denominator in these shootings. The semi-automatic (rifle and pistol) weapons aren’t all there is. In each case there is also the sick individual who was aiming his sights and pulling the trigger on totally innocent victims. Yes they had firearms, but they could also have used a can of gasoline and a match, or a homemade bomb, or poison. The firearms may have fed their sickness and gave them a sense of power, but the firearms didn’t create their sickness. Easily as much to blame are those who make a living out of lowering standards of decency and feeding our children a steady diet of virtual worlds where they get gratification from pulling the trigger on whomever gets in their way. Parents, educators, and the church used to have leading roles in instilling a conscience into our children. Parents now hardly see their children, educators are overwhelmed or underqualified, and the church is largely silent or is absent in our lives. Our culture has created and nurtured the type of sickness, so we ourselves are to blame. So, which of the two components – guns or sickness – is the larger contributor? Well, gun ownership has grown exponentially but gun violence has gone down. On the other hand, as our culture becomes more self-consumed and less concerned with those who get left behind, we see more “quiet loners” finding a way to take out their frustrations on those who can’t defend themselves.

  18. LT December 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm #