After Shooting, Walmart Removes Video Game Displays Which Depict Violence

Walmart has instructed its employees to take down violent video game signage and turn off shooting videos.

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.

Comments (11)
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Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

I don't think it is Walmarts job...they run a business...will you also blame them for the hundreds of thousands of illegal guns pouring over our borders, or the thousands murdered in Chicago, Baltimore, Philly, la...I DON'T THINK SO....STOP SCAPEBGOATING

LEO0301
LEO0301

I believe these games desensitizes violence. Not every child playing them will have a problem as a result but there are some that will.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

On the police fitness for service test, they should replace the disqualification question:

"Have you ever tried marijuana, or any other form of THC?"

with:

--Have you ever played a violent video game?--

This would probably increase the quality of new hires by at least 28%!

61mouse
61mouse

Wal Mart is stupid in thinking this is the reason of mass killings.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Walmart is very naive if they hope that'll stop violence.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I remember, back in the day, when movies and comic books had to adhere to standards. An example was It's a Wonderful life. Supposedly it slid under the standards radar, by letting Potter keep the money. I have been a gamer since Space Invaders came out, but 25 years ago I bought a Playstation game called Road Rash. You are on a motorcycle and speeding across a city. When I got to the part where you are suppose to hit a cop trying to pull you over, also on a motorcycle, I was turned off. Back then a LEO was something I tried to avoid (tickets, DUI etc). However, the first thing that popped into my head was "WTF are they trying to teach the kids?". Interestingly enough, my favorite game from the 90s was Resident Evil, where I played a cop, shooting zombies.

KCN
KCN

Good for them for not bowing down to the gun grabbers and realizing this is not a gun issue. 393 million guns in the U.S. (15 million AR-15) with the vast majority used for sport shooting, hunting and self defense.

les0060
les0060

Walmart can I have those displays if you don't want them.

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

Damn it! Not my Nazi Zombies! Fuck Walmart!