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Does Walmart Really Think a 30-Second Clip of Call of Duty Will Traumatize Us All?

Store orders ban of violent displays, but is still selling guns and video games.

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Walmart responded to a mass shooting on its own property last weekend with an eyebrow-raising order: It told the electronics departments in all stores nationwide to remove signs, displays, and demos that show violent video games and hunting videos. Meanwhile, the store will keep selling both violent video games and guns.

The order came from a memo posted on Twitter, circulated by Reddit, and subsequently confirmed by a company spokesperson:

USA Today investigated further and determined that this response is not based on some sort of belief that snippets of video game violence might trigger psychotic episodes. Rather, the company has "taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week," a spokesperson told USA Today. So they're concerned that the exposure to video games or violent movies on displays will traumatize shoppers.

While it's understandable why Walmart might want to do this for the El Paso, Texas, stores given the lingering trauma among both the residents and employees there, it's mystifying that this is a national order.

Of course, many people are angry that Walmart is merely censoring images and not anything else—it's going to keep selling guns and video games, after all. Nearly every story about this memo focuses on the fact that Walmart is still selling guns, despite pressure and campaigns to try to convince the company to stop. Walmart stopped selling so-called assault rifles in 2015 and does not offer the type of weapon used by the El Paso shooter.

Walmart's response seems like a compromise designed to make nobody happy. The company can decide for itself how it wants to advertise its products and whether it wants to continue selling guns or violent video games. The insistence on blaming vendors for violent behavior by gun purchasers, however, is a terrible trend that not only fails to solve the problem but will ultimately serve to deprive law-abiding citizens of products they have every right to purchase and own.

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  1. Kids see Walmart as the literal Garden of Eden. So they fancy themselves as Satan trying to get us kicked out again (by instigating a war on guns). Walmart is a natural target. They are right to remove obvious displays of violence and otherwise not backing down. The key is not to overreact. Eventually the kids will relent and join us in the garden.

  2. No, Walmatt. The problem is not videogames or guns.

    No, the problem is a president giving his white supremacist followers and adoring fans sufficient images of human suffering they can fap all over. Oh, see that crying girl asking for her mommy and daddy after ICE kidnapped them for political ransom? Fap, fap, fap.

    Fuckin’ ignorant assholes. The gloves are off, by the way, you white supremacist morons. Fuck you.

    1. “No, Walmatt. The problem is not videogames or guns.”

      OMG, is Old Mexican making a cogent point that is not batshit insane?

      “No, the problem is a president giving his white supremacist followers”

      …no, he clearly is not.

      “The gloves are off, by the way, you white supremacist morons. Fuck you.”

      Oh dear, moron Reason commenter is upset. Whatever shall be done? Might he post MORE idiotic comments that would insult the intelligence of the profoundly retarded and SOME of the Democrat voting base?

      1. Rightwingers in general are people who lack empathy and enjoy seeing others suffer. Politics is all psychology. You could show these types of people images of terrified children all day long and nothing would change because they are incapable of feeling sympathy. There’s no shaming these people into changing.

        1. “Rightwingers in general are people who lack empathy and enjoy seeing others suffer.””

          Certainly explains the higher rates of charitable giving by right wingers.

          “You could show these types of people images of terrified children all day long and nothing would change because they are incapable of feeling sympathy. There’s no shaming these people into changing.”

          One party has members openly advocating abortions AFTER birth. It’s not the right-wing one.

          Just sayin’.

    2. Yes, the non violent “punch a nazi” stance.

  3. > it’s going to keep selling guns

    Except the number of Wal-Marts actually selling guns is approaching zero. Yes, some still do. But not very many.

    1. And the ones that still do stopped selling a lot more than just “assault weapons” They basically have no selection anymore

      1. Wal-Mart has, for years, been chasing progressive acceptance. It’s why I don’t feel bad when various PR schemes attack them. Make your bed…lie in your bed.

  4. I know that I suffer from PTSD after seeing a demo of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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