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Walmart pulls violent video games signs after mass shootings

Walmart pulls violent video games signs after mass shootings

But it's not "violent displays".

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker joined Walmart workers in pushing the top retailer to pull guns from the shelves of its more than 5,300 stores countrywide.

In addressing the tragedies at the Walmart locations, the company's chief executive officer, Doug McMillon, said, "We are a learning organization, and, as you can imagine, we will work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence".

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

Under the heading "Immediate Action", employees were instructed to "review your store for any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behaviour. Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately".

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"Companies that sell guns have a responsibility to the safety of their communities", she wrote on Twitter. A Twitter user noted that their local Walmart had removed nearly all video games from the display case and was not even selling games anymore.

Here's a typical headline (in this case from NBC) about the move. "This includes the gruesome and violent video games that are now commonplace". It's just promotional materials for the games that are verboten.

The company told Reuters it has not changed its policies on sales of firearms and violent video games in its stores. One person was injured while trying to flee the store, and while there was a gun, no one was shot, officials say.

Their attempt to change the subject isn't working on gun-control fans. It also removed assault-style rifles from its website. It also does not sell any weapons to customers younger than 21. Walmart has about 4,800 US stores, Dick's operates more than 720, Academy Sports has more than 250, Bass Pro Shops has about 180 stores, Fred Meyer has around 130 and Camping World operates 120. I've been googling but can't find anything definitive.

The Massachusetts senator is joining a push by gun control activists following two mass shootings that killed 31 last week. But my guess is that the number is very small, particularly since the time when the company phased out semiautomatics. According to market research firm IbisWorld, there were almost 13,000 gun and ammunition stores in the United States past year, which posted total sales of $11 billion. Like where am I supposed to buy a physical copy now?