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Doing The Right Thing [Mar. 2nd, 2018|10:38 am]
Tony Grist
We expect too much of our politicians.

They're not the only ones with power. And legislation isn't the only way of effecting social change. For instance while the US politicians were agonising and weaselling over gun control the bosses at Walmart and Dick's simply went ahead and changed their sales policy.

What does it say about the health of a democracy when its shop keepers are more sensitive than its elective representatives to what the public wants?

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-03-02 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a start.

Though I think a lot of what Dick's and Walmart have done is about retaining a sector of their clientele who don't buy guns but other sorts of sporting goods. Colour me cynical. Still, it is the right sort of gesture.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-02 04:07 pm (UTC)
The retailers have realised that The NRA no longer represents mainstream opinion (if it ever did)- and have cut their cloth accordingly. The NRA may own a lot of politicians but they've lost the American people.

Edited at 2018-03-02 04:07 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-03-02 04:12 pm (UTC)
I hope so much that's true!
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-03-02 08:36 pm (UTC)
I would also say: "What state is democracy in when shopkeepers got more power to change things than real politicians which are actually supposed to make the laws?".
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