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A gun display at Dick's in Paramus, New Jersey. Photo: Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style rifles, end the sale of high-capacity magazines, and stop selling guns to customers under the age of 21, CEO Ed Stack said in a Wednesday interview with ABC's Good Morning America.

“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset … We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us … We’re going to take a stand and step up and tell people our view and, hopefully, bring people along into the conversation.”
— Stack to the N.Y. Times

One thing to watch with companies cutting gun ties is how long it lasts, Axios' Dan Primack notes. After Sandy Hook, for example, Dick's Sporting Goods pulled assault-style rifles from its shelves. But a few months later they re-appeared at the company's outdoor and hunting retail chain, Field & Stream.

  • Stack told ABC the changes at Dick's will be permanent this time.
  • Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz bought a shotgun from a Dick's in November 2017. It was not the weapon he used to kill 17 students and teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School, but the purchase motivated the company to take action.
  • “[I]t came to us that we could have been a part of this story,’’ he told ABC. “We said, ‘We don’t want to be a part of this any longer."

Go deeper: Companies face pressure on guns in the wake of the Parkland shooting

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While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.

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The U.S., which once had a dominant head start in artificial intelligence, now has just a few year's lead on China and risks being overtaken unless government steps in, according to a new report to Congress and the White House.

Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

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Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.

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