A new report from USA TODAY shows that the retailer will be removing signage, demos that include Violent Video Games and hunting videos in the wake of the El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooting and the recent arrest the week before of a twenty-year-old man wearing body armor, Military styled clothing carrying a tactical rifle and another gun. Mississippi Police say he pushed a shopping cart and used his phone to record people fleeing the store.
Gun control advocates wanting Walmart to end the sale of guns at their stores but the retailer responded with the decision of having the immediate removal of signing and displays referencing to Violence. A spokesman for the retail giant named Randy Hargrove spoke to the press regarding the matter; “There’s been no change in policy, we are focused on caring for customers and employees in the El Paso community.“ Meanwhile, Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon stated in a note to his employees:
“We are a learning organization, and, as you can imagine, we will work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence, We will be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and we will act in a way that reflects the best values and ideals of our company, with a focus on serving the needs of our customers, associates and communities.”Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO
It would seem that the Retail Giant is trying to follow up on what Donald Trump spoke on regarding Violence in Video Games but in this freelancer’s opinion, it leads into what was discussed a couple of days ago is another chapter of the villainization of mental illness and video games. It comes to no surprise that it will still be selling Guns, the retailer sending the message to its customers, employees, critics, and the world “We won’t display violent games, films but we’ll still be selling and displaying Weapons instead.” -RED
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