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Walmart Asked To Stop Selling Guns After El Paso Shooting

by : Emily Brown on : 05 Aug 2019 07:31
People calling for Walmart to stop selling gunsPeople calling for Walmart to stop selling gunsPA Images

People are calling for Walmart to stop selling firearms after a gunman opened fire in a store in El Paso, Texas, killing at least 20 people. 

The mass shooting took place a few miles from the US-Mexico border on Saturday (August 3), when the gunman stormed the store with an assault-style rifle.

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It was the second attack to occur at a Walmart within the last week. Two people lost their lives at a store in Mississippi on July 30, when a shooter who was described as a ‘disgruntled employee’ killed two other workers, as well as injuring a police officer.

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Walmart issued two statements on Twitter following Saturday’s attack:

We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate.

Our associates in El Paso wanted to express their gratitude for the outpouring of support for their community during this difficult time. We continue to work to aid those in need and our hearts are with the victims and their families.

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Although the store said they are are ‘working to aid those in need’, many people have taken to social media to call for them to take a bigger step and ban the sale of guns.

One person wrote:

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Stop selling the damn guns! I’m no longer shopping at your stores until you do! #boycottwalmart

Another tweeted:

In the aftermath of the tragedy in #ElPaso, @Walmart — the largest retail of guns in America — should join the fight for raising the standard of gun ownership in America and support proven reforms like gun licensing & registration.

A third wrote:

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Hey, @Walmart! This would be a great opportunity for you to take a true leadership position and stop selling guns.

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As reported by Bloomberg, Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove outlined the retailer’s plans to continue selling guns and ammo.

Our focus has always been on being a responsible seller of firearms.

We go beyond federal law requiring all customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm.

Hargrove continued:

There’s not been any directive to any stores around the country to change any policy. We’re focused on supporting our associates, customers and the entire El Paso community.

25-year-old Jordan Anchondo was one of the victims of the El Paso shooting; she died while shielding her two-month-old son. Three Mexican nationals were also said to be among the 20 people killed in the attack.

As of August 4, 252 mass shootings have been recorded in the US in 2019 alone. It’s clear things need to change in terms of gun control.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attacks.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: News, El Paso, Gun Control, Mass Shooting, US, Walmart

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