Bentonville, AR – Walmart is removing violent video game displays and signage from its stores in the wake of recent shootings inside two different retail locations.
The stores will still be selling the games.
Store managers were instructed to immediately change all displays that depicted anything violent, according to an internal memo that was leaked on social media.
“Review your store for any signing [sic] or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior,” the memo read. “Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately.”
The memo went on to tell the recipients to use their best judgment in determining what should be considered inappropriate, and to err on the side of caution if they were unsure.
The memo also instructed managers to cancel any upcoming promotional events for combat-style or third-person shooter games and to turn off hunting season videos in the Sporting Goods section of the store.
Walmart confirmed the authenticity of the leaked memo, USA Today reported.
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” Walmart Spokeswoman Tara House said in a statement.
The retail giant garnered a lot of criticism for making the move to remove signage and promotions while continuing to sell both violent video games and guns, CBS News reported.
President Donald Trump mentioned violent video games in his remarks following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
The El Paso gunman mentioned “Call of Duty” in his online manifesto that was posted shortly before he murdered 22 people in a Walmart, according to CBS News.
Walmart has made several efforts in the past to satisfy gun control advocates, USA Today reported.
Walmart stopped selling handguns in the early 1990s, they stopped selling modern sporting rifles in 2015, and they raised the age to buy the guns they do still sell from 18 to 21 in 2018.
However, Walmart has said it has no plans to stop selling guns, USA Today reported.