People are calling on Walmart, often cited as the largest gun retailer in the world, to stop selling firearms after a mass shooting took place in one of its stores on Saturday.
Walmart has been the scene of two shootings in the past week, one in Southaven, Mississipi where two were killed by a former employee on July 30 and Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that left 21 dead.
"We're in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located," the company tweeted on Saturday. "We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate."
The statement resulted in a wide cry for the end of all gun sales at Walmart stores on social media.
"Hey @Walmart! This would be a great opportunity for you to take a true leadership position and stop selling guns," actress Alyssa Milano wrote in in a reply to the company's tweet.
Hey,@Walmart! This would be a great opportunity for you to take a true leadership position and stop selling guns.https://t.co/JcQ6BvTbUe— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano)August 3, 2019
Many others have called for the same. Currently, Walmart does not sell assault weapons, stopped selling guns or ammunition to anyone under 21 after the 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida and requires background checks for every gun sale.
Um....Ill say it even though its been said a trillion times....STOP SELLING GUNS.— Thomas Murphy (@ThomasM09521709)August 5, 2019
Bloomberg reports that Walmart currently has no plans to change its policies after the shooting in El Paso.
"Our focus has always been on being a responsible seller of firearms," company spokesman Randy Hargrove said in an interview with Bloomberg. "We go beyond federal law requiring all customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm."
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Walmart wouldn't be the first to revise its policies after a mass shooting if a change does happen at some point. In March, Dick's Sporting Goods announced it would no longer sells guns in 125 of its stores. Previously, the retailer stopped selling assault weapons or high-capacity magazines and stopped selling guns to customers under age 21 after the shooting in Parkland. Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack has been a vocal proponent for stronger gun control in the U.S.
Remember when@DICKS made a principled decision and stopped selling guns? Remember how their business continued to thrive afterwards?https://t.co/wTC9El8CTN— Jessica Craven (@Craven7Jessica)August 3, 2019
Walmart allows open carry in its stores in open carry states like Texas. The retailer has over 3,500 Supercenter locations in the U.S.
I edited it for you,@Walmart.
“We're in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. We’re praying for the victims, but prayers are not enough, which is why we will no longer be selling guns in any of our stores.”https://t.co/9TKvliqv47