Wal-Mart joins gun debate with cop-out after El Paso shooting

Category:  Opinions
Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Welcome to the United States of America! While you’re here, you can probably expect to be a part of, or overhear, a debate regarding gun control.

Here in America, we're no strangers to mass shootings. After a mass shooting, you can expect people to go to social media platforms, like Facebook, to post that their thoughts and prayers are with those impacted.

Here in America, guns are still not regulated properly on a national level. Our members of Congress use gun control or Second Amendment rights as part of their platform for their next campaign trail. They tweet their condolences and then turn their backs until the next election year.

Here in America, we see more of an effort to regulate guns and stop mass shootings from retail stores than we do from our politicians. Recently joining the list of organizations fighting against gun violence is Wal-Mart, but not without cause.

Last month, in the "Lone-Star State," Patrick Crusius opened fired in an El Paso Wal-Mart. According to a CBS News article, Crusius killed 22 people. After the shooting, Wal-Mart first reacted by taking down displays of violent video games in stores.

It was like they were saying: "Did you know that video games kill people?" "Actually, did you know that it was a video game that shot those people?" This appears to be their misguided logic in that move.

In early September, though, Wal-Mart decided that taking down violent video game displays wasn’t enough. In a press release, Wal-Mart stated they would do the following: "After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons; We will sell through and discontinue handgun ammunition; And we will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking our complete exit from handguns."

Wal-Mart also said they would approach Congress about stricter gun regulations.

As of 2015, Wal-Mart stopped selling assault rifles and now has to sell through this select inventory. This will take weeks, but they are taking steps in the right direction.

However, it seems like a cop out, and they are not the only store guilty.

After the 2018 Parkland shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the large sporting goods retailer, stopped selling guns in 10 of its stores as a test run and banned assault style weapons. Earlier this year, they announced the removal of guns from 125 of its stores. However, Dick’s has over 700 store locations.

These are monumental and important steps for both Wal-Mart and Dick’s, but it’s not enough. If CEOs cared about the lives of Americans as much as they care about their bottom line, we would see better and faster initiatives to stop the sale of any sort of gun, or ammunition, until we have better gun laws and regulations in this country.

Welcome to the United States of America! We are capitalists! We love money! We have more mass shootings than any other nation in the world! Our public officials use gun control as a campaign slogan. We post thoughts and prayers on social media platforms as if they mean or do anything for the victims and survivors of mass shootings.

Here in America, we have to rely on large corporations to try and make change on Capitol Hill. If we continue to rely on CEOs, who are only willing to make the minimum effort, then we will continue to lose innocent humans.

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