Walmart Pulls Violent Video Game Displays From Its Stores

<> on February 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

Walmart is taking down displays of violent video games in its stores in the wake of recent shootings. But the company plans to still sell the controversial video games.

Walmart has previously promoted violent video games in its stores with displays that demonstrate the games. Some shoppers could conceivably mistake the soundtrack of those games for actual gunshots. Walmart and its customers are particularly sensitive to gunshot sounds following two recent fatal shootings at Walmarts in Texas and Mississippi.

“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,” said Walmart spokesperson Tara House.

The company will also stop playing violent movies and shows on televisions in its electronics section. It will similarly stop playing hunting videos in its sporting goods section. A memo to store personnel directing the change in policy was first publicly disclosed on social media Thursday.

The memo follows a statement from Walmart CEO Doug McMillon earlier in the week in which he vowed a “thoughtful and deliberate” response to the shootings.

“We will work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence,” McMillon said in a memo to employees.

Although some public officials, including President Donald Trump, have pointed to violent video games as a cause of the rise in gun violence, numerous studies have found no link between the games and actual violent behavior.

Many people have called on Walmart to stop selling guns altogether. Some Walmart employees have voiced their concerns about the store’s gun sales.

Walmart does not sell assault style rifles, nor does it sell handguns outside of Alaska. It also does not sell any weapons to customers younger than 21. Walmart stopped selling assault rifles after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2015, and it changed its age policy followed the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last year.

12 comments

  • Mopar Driver (@RustyMopars)

    They need to issue their own game , ” Walmart Shopper” With active shooters , drunks in electric carts , extra points for running out with flat screens and cell phones and accosting the greeters , and relieving yourself on the produce , and if they don’t someone else will .

  • roaddog81

    And be sure to get your pre-order in for “The Hunt”! Imbeciles.
    How about some real security at your stores instead of the octogenarians at the door bugging you for your receipt.
    I sincerely hope society hasn’t yet been dumbed down enough yet to not be insulted by such a stupid gesture.

  • fortisveritas

    Founding fathers:
    One Nation Under God.
    In God We Trust.
    All Men Are Created Equal.

    DORKHORSE, Matt Berns, and every other anti-gun, anti-God nut:
    God is dead.
    Separation of Church and State.
    Did you just assume I was a man?

    Also DORKHORSE, Matt Berns, and every other anti-gun, anti-God nut:
    But, but, muh Founding Fathers…

  • Matt Berns

    Pretty sure our founding fathers would remove the public’s access to guns after seeing what we see. A few people are ruining lives and the right to keep and bear arms. The second ammendment is being abused. I think we’re going to see big changes in a few years. The founding fathers didn’t predict semi-automatic rifles or even a double action gun . They only knew muskets and cannons. Blame whoever or whatever you want, but stop the senselessness.

    • darkhorse6669

      This is exactly how i feel. I dont care who is “right” or “wrong” anymore, i just want the madness to stop. I guarantee the founding fathers would be furious that we havent changed our laws with the new technologies of weapons. A double-action revolver would amaze them….

      • fortisveritas

        Make sure those changes include forms of communication too. They never would have envisioned computers and smartphones. A ballpoint pen would amaze them.

    • fortisveritas

      Matt Berns: Still wears a powdered wig, rides a horse to work, uses candles to light his home, but complains about technology as he types on his computer or smartphone.

    • fortisveritas

      Stop the senselessness.

      Do you mean like the 1500 children that are murdered every day in the United States by abortion?

    • Rusty Knyffe

      This will include “Sonic,” “Mario Brothers,” and such like? Oh, and all of the sports games, as well – that’s just gladiator tier, there…………yep.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    Brilliant. How about all of the questionable Netflix, HBO, ect. original series that are so dreadfully violent, on every level? Will that also be monitored and censored? Hmmmm……..

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