Thousands To Walmart: Stop Selling Assault Weapons
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#1 Jan 19, 2013
Walmart Assault Weapons Protest Gains Momentum As Hundreds Of Thousands Demand Action
The Huffington Post | By Dominique Mosbergen Posted: 01/19/2013 10:38 am EST
This week, thousands across the United States put pressure on retail giant Walmart to stop selling assault weapons and ammunition.
According to an earlier report by The Huffington Post, Walmart is facing "increased criticism for continuing to sell assault weapons" in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.
On Jan. 15, dozens of activists and gun violence survivors gathered for a rally at a Walmart store in Danbury, Conn., and delivered four petitions. With a total of more than 300,000 signatures, the petitions called for the world's largest retailer to stop selling and advertising assault weapons in stores.
"Walmart is making it easy and appealing to purchase an assault weapon. Assault weapons cause mass murder and should be left for law enforcement and military. Civilians do not need to have any assault weapons in their homes," writes one Change.org petition. "Advertising is something that creates wants and needs. To create a want for such a weapon only promotes violence."
More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org petition so far.
According to a Friday news release, thousands more have stepped forward in the past few days to demand that Walmart pull assault weapons and ammunition from its shelves.
"Since the petition delivery on Tuesday, more then [sic] 10,000 people have taken to Walmart’s Facebook page to register their voices and urge Walmart executives to honor their 2004 pledge and stop selling assault weapons and ammunition," the release said. "Additionally, organizers from SumofUs.org , MomsRising and Courage Campaign report that more than 2,500 Walmart customers have placed calls to Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas urging the company to stop selling assault weapons in all of their stores. More calls are expected today and throughout the weekend."
In an earlier statement printed by Reuters, a Walmart spokesman said that the company has been "very purposeful about striking the right balance between serving... customers that are hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that [the retailer sells] firearms in the most responsible manner possible." He added that assault weapons are sold only at "locations with a high concentration of hunters and sportsmen."
After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Walmart reportedly pulled the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle from its website. The Bushmaster rifle, a military-style assault weapon, was one of the guns used by the Newtown school shooter.
But Walmart is said to sell "more firearms and ammunition than any national competitor," and the retailer has continued to stock its shelves with other assault weapons.
A representative for Walmart declined to comment to HuffPost.
More at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/walm...
#2 Jan 19, 2013
You mean they make assault weapons in China?
#3 Jan 19, 2013
Walmart is said to sell "more firearms and ammunition than any national competitor," and the retailer has continued to stock its shelves with other assault weapons.
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