"We looked at what happened and we were truly deeply moved and disturbed by those events," Stack said in an interview Tuesday evening. "When we saw what the kids were going through and the grief of the parents and the kids who were killed in Parkland, we felt we needed to do something."
But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We have to help solve the problem that's in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America - our kids. https://t.co/J4OcB6XJnupic.twitter.com/6VoKwJe8tH
Stack said after the Parkland shooting, the retailer began to go through old records and realized that they had legally sold a gun to Nikolas Cruz in November, the man accused of killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School. The retailer said it was not the gun or type of gun used in the shooting.
"But it came to us that we could have been a part of this story,'' he said. "We said, 'We don't want to be a part of this any longer,'" said Mr. Stack.
Mr. Stack said he expects there to be some fallout brought on by the new policy, "but we're willing to accept that."
"If the kids in Parkland are being brave enough to stand up and do this, we can be brave enough to stand up with them," Stack added.
Dick's also says they are calling on elected officials to "enact common sense gun reform."