Walmart removes violent video game signage after tragedy
In light of the two mass shootings that happened recently, Walmart decided to change its policy in one area. From now on, there will be no signs in Walmart referring to violence. This change mostly concerns Walmart's video games and movies departments, where hundreds of games and movies can be bought. Lots of games are so-called shooters and contain tons of violence. The same with the "hunting videos" and all other movies "depicting violence."
The items themselves are not banned from Walmart. The big market chain just wants to remove any "unwanted" signs of them.
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Walmart's policy is in agreement with Trump's statement after the El Paso massacre. He said that one of the reasons for the massacre were "gruesome and grisly video games." But not everyone agrees with Walmart's new rules, even among its employees.
"I went into work yesterday and they handed me a copy of the instructions to remove the violent signage and gaming displays," one of the workers said. "And I immediately threw it away because it’s obviously a way to shift the blame from the real problem regarding the mass shootings," concluded worker. He stressed that Walmart did nothing with the core of the problem, which is its gun sales. They are still available for sale in Walmart stores. Like Walmart said, there has "been no change in [our gun] policy."
Walmart spokesperson, Tara House, admitted that the recent changes in "obscuring" the violent elements in Walmart stores are connected with the latest massacres. “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," she said. She also added that Walmart is pursuing its "thoughtful and thorough review" of its policies.