Following the tragedy of the El Paso Shooting at a Walmart, employees of the company have been told to remove all displays of any video games and movies that involve shooting. The shooting resulted in the deaths of 22 people and injured 27 people. This reaction may also be a results of Donald Trump and news outlets blaming the violent video games are the cause of the surge in shootings. Violent video games have been proven countless times are not the cause of shootings or violence but the recent trends have forced Walmart to react.
According to an interview with Polygon, this is not to be a long time change but out of “respect for the incidents of the past week, and it does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment.”
Despite this, Walmart is still selling guns in their stores. Many people on social media are calling the company hypocrites as they are still promoting weapons that have a direct impact on murder. Some people are telling people to boycott Walmart and use the hashtags #walmartshooting,” “#boycottwalmart,” and “#guncontrolnow.” On Wednesday, CEO of Walmart, Doug McMillon, indicated that the company was considering reevaluating its role as a retailer of firearms.