The latest move to eliminate images of violence in its store appears to reflect prominent Republicans' arguments that blame mass shootings on video games rather than gun themselves. The following week on August 3rd, 22 people were killed with a further 24 injured in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who focuses on video games, has found that men who commit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male, according to the Associated Press.
In an internal memo, the retailer asked employees to check their stores for signage or displays that contain violent or aggressive behavior and remove such items immediately.
President Trump has also blamed violent video games as a possible cause of mass shootings, and Trump even invited top executives in the games industry to discuss violence in games at the White House. "Yet Japan seldom has more than 10 shooting deaths a year in a population of 127 million people", wrote Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, in a tweet.
The retailer did stop selling assault weapons in 2015, and in 2018 it upped the minimum age to buy guns and bullets to 21.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon - who has been critical of the President's responses to national tragedies in the past - said in a LinkedIn post that his company meant to be "thoughtful and deliberate in our responses. Do the right thing-stop selling guns", posted Warren on social media.
McCarthy, a day earlier, told Fox News, "the idea of these video games that dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others - I've always felt that is a problem for future generations and others".
WTF?! The siege against video games appears to be continuing. Some also report that while the games are no longer on display, that customers can still purchase them from the store. In other words, nothing has changed since the last mass shooting. No profit is worth those lives.
Of course, what is noticeably lacking is any reference to all the actual guns Walmart sells in its stores.
Update: Walmart reached out to IGN to clarify their comments regarding this policy.
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