National sporting goods chain Dick’s has removed all guns from display in their store closest to Newtown, Conn. and suspended the sales of modern sporting rifles in all stores—including the one on Fair Lakes Circle in Fairfax.
The move comes on the heels of Friday’s shooting in Connecticut that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
“That’s the right move,” said Charles Long outside the Falls Church Dick’s on Tuesday. “You can’t blame them for what happened but it’s the best thing to do in light of what happened.”
In a statement released Tuesday, the sporting good chain said the move was: “Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning.”
On Friday, Adam Lanza shot his mother four times while she slept before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killing students and teachers there. Connecticut State Police have not released a motive for the shootings.
Long, who said he does not own a gun, said his thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased. He said he talked to his children about what happened before hugging and kissing them good night on Friday.
“I don’t know if there is a way to end gun violence,” Long said. “I can hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens to my children. Lord knows that would be the end of me.”