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Walmart's response to deadly shootings will be 'thoughtful and deliberate': CEO

Walmart's response to deadly shootings will be 'thoughtful and deliberate': CEO

Walmart has said it has no plans to stop selling guns or ammunition in the wake of two recent shootings at Walmart stores, which killed at least 22 people in El Paso, Texas, and two Walmart employees in Southaven, Mississippi.

Those who could not call out sick or wear black in solidarity were encouraged to sign a petition on Change.org that calls for Walmart and its CEO Doug McMillon to stop selling guns.

Offices in California and OR will be partaking in the protest, following the El Paso Walmart shooting that left 22 people dead over the weekend.

Walmart employees in at least three US cities plan to walk off their jobs Wednesday afternoon to demand that the retailer stop selling guns after shootings at two of its stores killed 24 people and left dozens injured.

Employees were also ordered to turn off hunting season videos in the sporting goods department where guns are sold.

Gun control groups have since appealed to Walmart to stop its sales of rifles and other firearms, but CBS News reports the retailer will make no such changes. The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It has also made no changes to its policy on selling violent video games in its stores. Walmart is still, however, the single largest retailer of firearms in the United States.

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Marshall said some employees anxious they might face consequences if they participated in the walkout. As of early Thursday, it had more than 43,000 signatures. Last year, it raised the minimum age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, two weeks after 17 students and teachers were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others. Doug McMillion wrote in a lengthy instagram post "we're a learning organization, and we'll work to understand the many important issues arising from El Paso and Southaven as well as those raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence".

"We will be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and we will act in a way that reflects the best values and ideals of our company", McMillon said.

"Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way", the company said in a statement. Since 2015, it hasn't sold assault-style weapons and only sells handguns in Alaska.

"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.

The decision was made out of respect for the victims and all those impacted in the immediate aftermath of the shootings, the source 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.