Walmart CEO responds to shooting amid calls to end gun sales

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The largest teacher's union in the United States is calling on Walmart to stop selling guns.

A gunman killed 22 at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday, and the following day a gunman killed nine in Dayton, Ohio.

Walmart is removing from its stores nationwide signs, displays or videos that depict violence following a mass shooting at one of its stores in Texas, though it has not changed its policy on gun sales.

Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesman, defended the company this week, saying all customers are required to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm and that the minimum age to purchase a firearm was raised previous year from 18 to 21.

The retailer is one of America's biggest sellers of guns and ammunition, and to be sure, it has taken some steps to curb gun violence. "It truly breaks my heart that people are walking into stores of ours, and they're afraid", Marshall said.

"That is a non-answer and a non-solution", said Thomas Marshall, who works at Walmart's e-commerce division in San Bruno, California, and has helped organize a petition to get the company to stop selling guns. "There's no indication of unusual call-ins or attendance yesterday". But the company plans to still sell the controversial video games - and guns.

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Marshall said that they would send the Change.org petition, which has more than 32,000 signatures, to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.

Workers at Walmart's e-commerce offices in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn were also taking action to urge the world's largest retailer to stop selling guns and discontinue donations to politicians who receive funding from the National Rifle Association. In Or Out On LinkedIn yesterday, McMillon expressed his shock and grief, and thanked first responders for their bravery.

The company believes "there are more constructive ways for associates to offer feedback such as emails or conversations with leaders", said Walmart's Mr. Hargrove. Hargrove, the Walmart spokesman, said Marshall and Kesner were the only employees who had done so.

"There's not been any directive to any stores around the country to change any policy", Hargrove added.

Walmart stopped selling handguns in 1993 and assault-style rifles in 2015. We're proud to be woven into the American fabric as a place for all people, a community gathering place. Doug McMillion wrote in a lengthy instagram post "we're a learning organization, and we'll work to understand the many important issues arising from El Paso and Southaven as well as those raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence". "We are focused on assisting our associates and their families, as well as supporting the community, as we continue a thoughtful and thorough review of our policies".

"As it becomes clearer that the shooting in El Paso was motivated by hate, we are more resolved than ever to foster an inclusive environment where all people are valued and welcomed", he continued.

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