Walmart to pull violent video game signs, still sell guns

This Walmart PR Tactic in the Wake of the El Paso Shooting Is Embarrassing and Inadequate

A company memo that circulated on Twitter this week tells employees to immediately remove signs and displays that reference violence, including video game demos, movies that depict violence and hunting videos.

In a statement to USA Today, she added: "and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment".

The largest U.S arms retailer, which has been under pressure to change its policies on gun sales, said it took the action following the death of 31 people in mass shootings in Texas and OH, one of which took place in a Walmart store.

When violence strikes, the role of video games gets called into question.

On Wednesday, four days after 22 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, the Houston Texans announced that they're joining forces with the NFL Foundation, the league's non-profit charitable organization, to "donate $100,000 to the El Paso Victims' Fund - El Paso Community Foundation". The notice urged employees to use their "best judgment" and turn off games or remove displays if they are unsure of their appropriateness.

Walmart does not sell assault style rifles, nor does it sell handguns outside of Alaska.


According to an internal memo shared on social media, the company is temporarily pulling violent video game displays from its stores. The demo units are apparently set to be updated within the next week, presumably to show video games that have been deemed non-violent.

The move will likely spark criticism from gun-control advocates who have said that Walmart, as one of the nation's biggest sellers of guns and ammunition with more than 4,700 stores, could do more to stem the flow of guns in the U.S. This week, a worker at Walmart's California-based e-commerce division organized protests against the company's policy.

Although some public officials, including President Donald Trump, have pointed to violent video games as a cause of the rise in gun violence, numerous studies have found no link between the games and actual violent behavior. No shots were fired and no one was injured. To some, such games normalize violence and may be a factor in the rise in mass shootings.

On Friday, Massachusetts Sen.

"The weapons they sell are killing their own customers and employees".

Kotaku reached out to Walmart for more information, but the company has yet to respond. Almost every story about this memo focuses on the fact that Walmart is still selling guns, despite pressure and campaigns to try to convince the company to stop. No profit is worth those lives. "Do the right thing-stop selling guns", Warren tweeted.

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