Let’s not pretend that Walmart would have made this same decision if they believed it would have a large impact on their bottom line. Their profit from ammo sales isn’t even a blip on Walmart’s revenue radar. I have taken an issue with Walmart for some time. You don’t have to research for too long before you find a laundry list of complaints and accusations ranging from unfair labor practices to Corporate Welfare. Walmart is not the wholesome neighborhood store that Sam Walton founded. Ultimately, my issue here is not with Walmart’s decision to stop the sale of handgun ammo and short barreled rifle ammo. I can’t say that I have ever had an interest in purchasing ammo or firearms from Walmart. I would much prefer to shop such items at a business that understands firearms and ammo, and can better assist my needs. The issue, for me, is allowing fear to drive policy. In Walmart’s release the following statement was made.
“As it relates to safety in our stores, there have been multiple incidents since El Paso where individuals attempting to make a statement and test our response have entered our stores carrying weapons in a way that frightened or concerned our associates and customers. We have also had well-intentioned customers acting lawfully that have inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond. These incidents are concerning and we would like to avoid them, so we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where “open carry” is permitted – unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. We believe the opportunity for someone to misinterpret a situation, even in open carry states, could lead to tragic results. We hope that everyone will understand the circumstances that led to this new policy and will respect the concerns of their fellow shoppers and our associates.”
We, as a society, cannot continue to let fear dictate our policies. This is what makes gun control so farcical. No amount of legislation can prescribe morals. Rather than fear mongering and throwing around propaganda terms like “assault rifle” we should be promoting education and training. My AR-15 does not have the same functionality as its Military counterpart. The ignorance about the firearms is part of the problem and more of that ignorance is rattled off in the following statement.
“Finally, we encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger. We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness. We must also do more, as a country, to understand the root causes that lead to this type of violent behavior. Today, I’m sending letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that call for action on these common sense measures. As we’ve seen before, these horrific events occur and then the spotlight fades. We should not allow that to happen. Congress and the administration should act. Given our decades of experience selling firearms, we are also offering to serve as a resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.”
This, in my opinion, appears to be a corporate endorsement for “Red Flag” types of legislation. This is not how our judicial system is designed to work. We cannot punish individual(s) before they have committed a crime. Connecticut is proof that “Red Flag Laws” cannot prevent mass shootings. They were adopted in the State in 1999 and the mass shootings at Sandy Hook and The Hartford Distributors still occurred. I am not insensitive to these shootings or their victims. I realize that there are people who exist in this world with evil intent. I also realize that no amount of legislation will change this. I chose to arm, educate, and use resources available to me to be better prepared. As Walmart has made its decision, I too have made mine. I will continue my boycott of any Walmart goods and services and I would encourage you to do the same.