A month after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, the nation’s largest retailer, said that it would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons and call on Congress to consider a new ban on assault rifles.
Walmart, whose reach has reshaped communities nationwide, largely avoids publicly wading into politics. This fact, makes Walmart’s decision to limit ammunition sales even more notable.
Perhaps this move by Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, “to engage in a meaningful conversation about responsible gun sales in America could give license to other business leaders to enter the conversation.” Dick’s Sporting Goods is another company that has taken a stand on this topic. Citigroup also stood against gun violence. Up until this point in time, Walmart has never admitted that any of their actions were related to social issues.
Now, after the loss of 22 people in the retailer’s store in El Paso, Walmart appears to be rethinking the company’s social role. Corporate America is watching. The American people are watching. None of this is about infringing on Second Amendment rights. This is common sense.
If Washington is not going to do something about this issue because legislators and the president are frozen by the pressure from gun rights supporters, I for one, am very pleased to see our corporate leaders taking action. Lead on Walmart! Leading along with Walmart are Kroger, Walgreens and CVS Health who have all asked their customers to not open carry in their stores.
Let’s not forget that Delta Airlines was one of the first to bring attention to the gun crisis by cancelling their offer to NRA members for discounted flights. Make no mistake, our national corporations are leading; leading the charge for responsible gun laws.
My question is this: When are our state and federal legislators planning to step up and follow the Walmart lead?