After the tragic shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas this month, retailer Walmart seems to have taken action. Following US President Donald Trump's comments criticising violent video games (which have been met with backlash by industry figures like Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick), Walmart employees have taken to social media sites like Reddit to reveal that this had led to a change of policy.
This leaked internal document reveals that employees have been told to remove any signage that shows "violent images" or "aggressive behaviour", and later on in the same source we can see that employees are also told to turn off demo stations featuring violent games.
Furthermore, any events featuring "combat style or third-person shooter games" are instructed to be canceled as well, and even films aren't safe, as no films depicting violence are to be shown. Hunting session videos should be turned off too.
"I went into work yesterday and they handed me a copy of the instructions to remove the violent signage and gaming displays," an anonymous employee told Vice. "And I immediately threw it away because it's obviously a way to shift the blame from the real problem regarding the mass shootings. I didn't get to confirm this yesterday but they aren't doing anything about the sales of guns and ammo in the store."
When asked about whether the policy around selling guns has changed, however, Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove told USA Today that "there's been no change in policy."
Is this the right move from Walmart?
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