On Tuesday, retail giant Walmart announced two notable changes to its gun polices. The store will no longer sell ammunition for handguns. In addition, the retailer asked that customers no longer carry weapons in stores where open carry is legal.
Some, like presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke lauded the move as a “step in the right direction.” Others, however, were more wary. The National Rifle Association delivered a stinging rebuke to Walmart and referred to their new policy as “shameful.”
CEO Doug McMillion said that the company had to do something after a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso. He explained, “We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand. As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same.”
The NRA wasn’t buying the retailers explanation. In a statement, the organization wrote, “It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America’s fundamental freedoms.”
The statement continued, “The truth is Walmart’s actions today will not make us any safer. Rather than place the blame on the criminal, Walmart has chosen to victimize law-abiding Americans. Our leaders must be willing to approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty.”
The topic of gun control has continued to rage on throughout the political sphere. Another democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, praised Walmart and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Vermont senator tweeted, “I applaud the brave Walmart workers who called on the company to stop selling guns. This is a good step, but we still have a gun violence crisis. Mitch McConnell must stop his cowardice, stand up to the NRA and allow Congress to pass common sense gun safety legislation.”
I applaud the brave Walmart workers who called on the company to stop selling guns. This is a good step, but we still have a gun violence crisis. Mitch McConnell must stop his cowardice, stand up to the NRA and allow Congress to pass common sense gun safety legislation. https://t.co/zC0mZqKdtq
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 3, 2019