Walmart scrubs depictions of violence from stores


Granted, it wouldn't be the first major chain store to jettison guns post-tragic shooting: Dick's Sporting Goods removed assault-style rifles from its stores in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

In a statement, a Walmart spokesperson told USAToday that the memo was genuine and that Walmart has "taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment".

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made the call in a series of tweets after a gunman entered a Walmart in the Texas border town of El Paso and killed 22 people in a racially-motivated attack Saturday. Two employees were killed in a shooting at a Mississippi Walmart on July 30.

"Companies that sell guns have a responsibility to the safety of their communities". The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Walmart, whose stores are reportedly removing "signing and displays referencing violence", with a particular emphasis on demos and ads promoting violent games.

The company's policy on video games that depict violence has not changed, nor has its policy on gun sales. As the nation's largest retailer, Walmart is also one of the largest sellers of guns and ammunition in the world.

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker joined Walmart workers in pushing the top retailer to pull guns from the shelves of its more than 5,300 stores countrywide.

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"They need to take some concrete step with the weapons they sell in their stores". A Twitter user noted that their local Walmart had removed nearly all video games from the display case and was not even selling games anymore. If it's guns generally that you're eager to ban, then targeting a mega-corporation that sells them all over the country makes more sense.

Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who focuses on video games, has found that men who commit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male, according to the Associated Press.

But expecting Walmart to remove guns entirely, especially while anti-gun control advocates are still whipped into a veritable froth, is, I think, to expect too much. People keep blaming games for mass shootings, and this time is no different: Trump blamed "gruesome and grisly video games" and how easy it is for "troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence".

"No profit is worth those lives", she added.

'Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately, ' an internal memo said.