It is unfortunate for Walmart that one of the recent crazed, psychotic shooters chose one of their stores to carry out his carnage. However, it was more unfortunate for his victims and their families, but Walmart’s decision to stop selling ammunition and handguns won’t do anything to stop the next one.
So Walmart has now joined the political elite in its eternal quest to take away American’s Second Amendment rights. You would assume that logical thinking would take hold in light of the fact that a large majority of Walmart’s customers are from those AR-15 owning, hunting and sport shooting rural areas of the United States. It appears not.
If Walmart really wants to practice social justice, then maybe they should take a second look at all of the mom and pop stores in small town America that were forced out of business by them. How about making the 50% of their employees who are part-time, full-time employees so that they, too, may enjoy health care benefits and retirement plans like their senior management. Or better still, cut back on the more than 70% of the Chinese made products that Walmart sells and start selling U.S. made goods.
Walmart’s handgun and ammunition decision is going to backfire on them, just as it did with Dick’s Sporting Goods. I spend about $200 a year, not a lot, at Walmart, but that money is now going to go somewhere else. Multiple my $200 by the over 5 million members of the NRA or the million-plus gun owners in this country and you can immediately see how the bottom line is affected. I hope that the Walton family is listening, but I doubt it.