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Walmart pulling violent video game signs from stores, not guns

Walmart pulling violent video game signs from stores, not guns”

The retailer instructed employees in an internal memo to remove any marketing material, turn off or unplug video game consoles that show violent games, and to make sure that no violence is depicted on screens in its electronics departments.

Walmart Inc.is removing displays of violent video games and movies in its stores in the wake of two deadly shootings at its locations in Texas and MS in recent weeks.

Walmart's decision to remove violent video game signage was criticized on social media, with consumers pointing out the double-standard of allowing gun sales.

While Walmart is in a hurry to hide any signs of virtual guns, the nation's largest retailer has confirmed it isn't going to stop selling the real weapons.

"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 Tara House, a Walmart spokeswoman, in a statement.

The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Walmart, whose stores are reportedly removing "signing and displays referencing violence", with a particular emphasis on demos and ads promoting violent games. It stopped selling handguns in 1993, and in 2015 ceased sales of assault-style rifles.

Employees were also ordered to turn off hunting season videos in the sporting goods department where guns are sold.

The shootings this week have left many Americans on edge.

Two Walmart employees were killed in the MS shooting, and over 20 people died as a result of the El Paso attack.

Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who focuses on video games, found in his research that men who commit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox news, "The idea of these video games to dehumanize individuals, to have a game of shooting individuals and others - I've always felt that it's a problem for future generations". No shots were fired and no one was injured. To some, such games normalize violence and may be a factor in the rise in mass shootings. A spokesperson says there's been no change in policy after recent mass shootings.

"@Walmart: If video games caused gun violence, Japan would be grappling with one of the worst gun violence crises on the planet".

Authorities believe the El Paso gunman, Patrick Crusius, wrote a racist manifesto deploring mass immigration before he opened fire at the Walmart.

Another shooting at a Mississippi Walmart killed two people and wounded two others July 30.



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