Walmart CEO pledges ‘thoughtful and deliberate’ response to El Paso mass shooting

Jeannie Matthews
August 8, 2019

But after a multiple shooting at a Texas store, and the death of two staff at a MS branch, critics say Walmart has a responsibility to act.

"There has been no change in company policy", spokesman Randy Hargrove said in an interview.

The big box retailer has made changes in recent years, including ending the sale of modern-sporting rifles, like the AR-15, in 2015.

Walmart (WMT) remains focused on ensuring employees at its stores are well taken care of in the wake of two tragic shootings this past week.

In 2008, Walmart and a coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns developed a 10-point plan to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.

"Walmart has a history of moving in the right direction, but what happened in El Paso shows they need to go further", executive director Igor Volsky, said.

Walmart said Monday that it's not planning any policy changes on gun sales but believes it already has some of the strictest procedures in the industry.

Walmart stopped selling handguns in the 1990s, with the exception of Alaska.

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- Dave Hogg (@stareagle) August 3, 2019Boycott Walmart and every other non-specialist store until they stop selling murder weapons for profit.

A Walmart store in Texas was the scene of a mass shooting that saw 20 people killed on Saturday, just four days after an employee shot dead two co-workers and a cop at an outlet in Mississippi.

Only trained employees can sell firearms and Walmart requires photo identification for ammunition sales. And Walmart has also instituted several other procedures to make gun sales safer. "We will be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and we will act in a way that reflects the best values and ideals of our company, with a focus on serving the needs of our customers, associates and communities". Hargrove said Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, doesn't break out data on gun sales.

On Twitter, one Florida-based user said Walmart needs more security.

The company's founder Sam Walton loved guns so much so that he named a hunting rifle after him. After Parkland, Dick's also stopped selling assault-style weapons.

The retailer has yet to respond to a BBC request for comment.

Outdoor goods chains including Bass Pro Shops, Gander Outdoors and Academy Sports continue to sell assault-style rifles.

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