Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Walmart reverses guns ban — for now

At least until a recent announcement, Walmart had planned to take firearms and ammunition off its shelves in response to increased tensions between gun owners and law enforcement. What was originally slated to be a move to remove the items from its online store has reportedly been reversed after several rounds of direct complaints from employees in the wake of recent violence in several U.S. cities, according to the

Wall Street Journal. The new policy is similar to one offered by other retailers, like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kroger, who also have measures in place to bar the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21 and ban assault weapons. In a statement, Walmart said that the decision to make changes to its policies was made after hearing from employees in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17

dead, but never mentioned the recent debate in Washington over gun control and measures taken to address the growing gun-violence epidemic in the U.S. “Walmart takes seriously its responsibility to be a responsible seller of firearms and ammunition,” the company said in a statement. “We have taken steps to restrict access to those items by those who are mentally ill and ineligible to purchase firearms and ammunition

through background checks. We have taken additional steps to tighten up our processes to prevent sales to people under 21 years of age.” Many commentators pointed out that the company seemed reluctant to consider all the possible ways in which the changes could undermine the safety of customers. “Not only is it neglectful to segregate the items in stock from the gun buyers — it’s negligent to think there would be no

backlash from anyone who wants to shop for them at Walmart,” wrote author Ann Powers. “The company is going to get punished, not only by angry shoppers but by the media and by politicians who will play that card all the way to the next election cycle.” Read the full story at CNBC. Related ‘Avengers’ director Tony Scott died of multiple gunshot wounds, autopsy finds U.S. police director fired for ‘political

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