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Walmart Tells Employees to Remove Violent Displays

Retailer will still sell guns
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2019 5:02 PM CDT
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Walmart has told employees to take down displays of violence in the chain's stores.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Walmart is taking down any displays of violence in its stores—including video games, movies, and hunting videos playing on electronics screens. But the chain will still sell guns, as well as violent video games, and the new rule does not apply to displays of actual weapons. The instructions came in a memo to employees, NPR reports. Last Saturday, 22 people were shot to death at a Walmart in El Paso. "We've taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week," a spokeswoman wrote in an email to the AP. The memo told workers to take inventory of displays of "violent images or aggressive behavior. Remove from the sales floor or turn off these items immediately."

One reason, CNN points out, is that, given recent attacks, customers could mistake video gunshots for the real thing. One of the world's largest retailers of guns and ammunition, Walmart has faced pressure to stop their sale. That hasn't happened, though the company quit selling assault rifles after the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2015. (A heavily armed man caused a panic at a Walmart in Missouri.)

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