The shooter who terrorized El Paso, Texas last weekend left behind a lengthy manifesto explaining his actions. The writing, which discussed his desire to stop the “Mexican invasion” also referenced video game Call of Duty.
Conservatives seized on the video game reference and talked about how violent games can inspire shootings. Big Box retailer Walmart has followed along that line of thinking and has removed game displays referencing violence.
According to writer Kenneth Shepard, “Walmart is telling its employees to take down displays that show violent video games, specifically shooters, as well as movies and hunting videos.”
The retailer confirmed the removal of the displays. Spokesperson Tara House told the Huffington Post, “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. 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.”
The move is sure to make the Trump Administration happy. The President spent a fair amount of time following last week’s shootings, railing against violent video games.
Earlier this week, President Trump told reporters, “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 a troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence.”
Other Conservatives were also quick to blame video games as a potential cause of the violence. Dan Patrick, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, called for Federal action against game makers.
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