American retail giant Walmart has no plans to stop selling guns and ammunition despite two deadly shootings at its stores in less than a week as reported by a spokesman on Sunday.
On Saturday around 20 people were killed after a man opened fire with an assault rifle at a Walmart in Texas. Just four days before this incident, an angry employee shot dead two of his coworkers and wounded a responding police officer at one of the Walmart stores in Mississippi.
Spokesman Randy Hangrove said that they are focused on supporting their associates, customers and the entire El Paso community. Right after the shooting in El Paso, Doug McMillon, the CEO of Walmart posted on Instagram saying he "can't believe" it was the second such in a week.
He added, "My heart aches for the community in El Paso, especially the associates and customers at store 2201 and the families of the victims".
San Walton the founder of Walmart reportedly loved guns so much so that the American gun manufacturer Remington named a hunting rifle model after him. However, Walmart contends that its target audience is sport shooters and hunters.
Over the years, Walmart has made gun policy changes, like in 1993, when it stopped selling handguns.
In 2015 Walmart stopped selling semi-automatic rifles, and after the February 2018 incident in Parkland, Florida where17 people were killed at a high school, the minimum age to buy guns and ammunition in Walmart was raised to 21.
Hargrove added that, "Walmart goes beyond federal law requiring all customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm.”
A twitter thread started after the company tweeted it was "in shock" after the tragedy in El Paso, saying "Stop selling guns."
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