Teacher’s union calls on Walmart to stop selling guns

Andrew Cummings
August 10, 2019

After a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead, the company said it would remove from its stores all signs, displays or videos that depict violence in an internal memo. This prompted groups to call for a boycott to buy from Walmart.

Meanwhile, a petition started by a junior Walmart worker in California to protest the retailer's sale of firearms has gathered more than 50,000 signatures.

Walmart is taking down displays of violent video games in its stores in the wake of recent shootings. Some plan to protest the company's gun policies Wednesday at 3 p.m. local time at its offices in San Bruno; Hoboken, N.J.; and in Portland, Ore., he said. Walmart did not immediately return CNN's request for comment.

The American Federation of Teachers on Friday urged Walmart to stop selling guns and not make political contributions to lawmakers who receive donations from the National Rifle Association. The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969.

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.

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.

Marshall said some employees anxious they might face consequences if they participated in the walkout.

McMillon continued his statement vowing to understand the ongoing issues and to be "thoughtful and deliberate" in their response to continue making their customers and communities safe.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox news, "The idea of these video games to dehumanize individuals, to have a game of shooting individuals and others - I've always felt that it's a problem for future generations".

Walmart past year announced it would cease selling guns and ammunition to anyone under age 21. Hargrove, the Walmart spokesman, said Marshall and Kesner were the only employees who had done so.

McMillon said in the LinkedIn note that he was in El Paso on August 6 visiting with associates who lived through the shooting.

Walmart does not sell assault-style rifles - it stopped doing so in 2015.

"Given our nation's incredibly loose and permissive gun laws, we are asking you to do everything you can to ensure the safety of your customers, employees and the communities you serve every day", Federation president Randi Weingarten said. Managers told him they would restore access "on stipulation you will not use it for non-work activities", the 23-year-old said in an interview. "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".

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