After two tragic shootings in Walmart’s El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio stores, the super-chain has issued new instructions for stores to remove violent video games from shelves, but has not given any instruction regarding gun departments.
Walmart’s decision to pull violent video games and imagery from display is in line with President Trump’s belief, that such entertainment is what leads people to commit mass shootings. Speaking last week, Trump said:
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” he said. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”
The decision to leave Walmart gun departments unchanged has led to a widespread backlash online, with twitter users pouring scorn and confusion on the policy.
Sort of like a drug company not running aspirin ads as a way to combat opioids— (((Feddi Up))) (@FeddiUp) August 9, 2019
I don't understand anything anymore.— Brian (@Protodude) August 9, 2019
Only time will tell if this decision is to be permanent, but it might somehow make being a Black Friday shopper even more dangerous. Or maybe safer. I don’t understand anything anymore.