Walmart Pulls Violent Game Ads, Keeps Guns

Walmart Yanks Game Ads But Keeps Guns

U.S. retail giant Walmart has reportedly instructed its U.S. stores to remove signage and video displays that show violent imagery or ‘aggressive behavior’. This includes ensuring no violent movies are playing on in-store TVs and removing all signs and demos of combat and third-person shooter games.

The decision comes in the wake of the murder of twenty-two people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas last weekend, and the shooting deaths of two Walmart workers in Mississippi.

Walmart ceased sales of assault rifles four years ago, however they continue to sell guns at around half their 4,750 U.S. retail outlets. There has been no change to its policy about sales of firearms this week, even as gun-control advocates, politicians and Walmart’s own employees have called on the retail giant to stop selling guns.

The company is also reportedly not making any changes to the selection of video games and movies it carries.

Sources: The New York Times, Vice