It was reported on Friday that Walmart Inc. asked its employees in the United States to take down signage and playable demos of violent video games in the wake of recent shootings, it has been now confirmed that the nation’s largest multinational retail corporation has not directed its stores to halt the sales of controversial video games from its stores.
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and it does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment. We are focused on assisting our associates and their families, as well as supporting the community, as we continue a thoughtful and thorough review of our policies,” said Walmart representative Tara House.
In the meantime, Thomas Marshall – a concerned junior Walmart employee in California – started a petition to protest Walmart’s sale of firearms. Over 50,000 people have joined him in his appeal, signing the petition. It has been sent to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.
“They said they will be thoughtful and careful about their response, so we are respectful of that. But I disagree with violent video games and signage being the cause of what we are seeing in the United States,” said Marshal. “They need to take some concrete step with the weapons they sell in their stores.”
The past weekend has been quite nightmarish for the United States, as two horrific mass shootings occurred there – one that witnessed 22 deaths in El Paso, Texas, and the other that had 10 killed in a bar in Dayton, Ohio. While Americans were in utter shock by the grave tragedy, President Donald Trump went on record citing video games as one of the key possible causes behind mass shootings in the US.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately. Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life,” Trump said.