Walmart Orders All Violent Imagery And Videos Pulled From Stores

Andrew Cummings
August 9, 2019

Moreover, the memo instructs employees to "turn off or unplug any video game display consoles that show a demo of violent games, specifically PlayStation and Xbox units".

Following two shootings inside its stores, Walmart is removing violent video game displays and signs from stores, the retailer confirmed Thursday.

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.

With respect to gun sales, Walmart previous year said it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 after a teen was accused of killing 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Fla.

"We've taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week", said spokeswoman Tara House in an email to The Associated Press on Friday. If you are unsure, remove the item or turn it off as a precautionary measure.

Retail giants Walmart are reportedly taking down displays depicting violence across its store fronts, while also disabling video game demos, videos, and signage of the same nature. In February 2018, Walmart, along with Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), raised the age for buying guns to 21 and stopped selling assault-style weapons in their stores.

The killings in Texas, followed by another in Dayton, Ohio, just hours later that left nine dead, have put the country on edge.

While there's a tense atmosphere among the gaming community and the political arena surrounding depictions of violence in video games, it should be noted that both the El Paso tragedy as well as a separate MS shooting on July 30 took place at Walmarts.

Following the El Paso shooting, President Donald Trump placed blame on video game makers, seeking to link titles such as "Call of Duty" with a rise in gun violence. And we're getting rid of virtual violence.

WTF?! The siege against video games appears to be continuing. That shooting came only a few days after two Walmart managers were killed by a gunman in a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi.

Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who focuses on video games, found in his research that men who commit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male. He has been charged with capital murder.

No shots were fired and the man was arrested after surrendering.

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