Walmart Removing Violent Games And Movies Signage And Displays, Ok With Gun Displays

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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7yk7/walmart-removes-violent-video-game-signage-still-sells-guns


Walmart stores are reportedly removing "signing and displays referencing violence," including signage and playable demos for video games, following recent shootings at two of its stores.

On July 30, a gunman shot two Walmart employees and injured a police officer at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi. The following Saturday, on August 3, a 21-year-old man killed 22 people and wounded 24 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Days after the shooting, President Trump blamed, in part, "gruesome and grisly video games," as well as mental health issues, for mass shootings in America, despite evidence that suggests otherwise.

This week, Walmart sent employees a notice titled "Immediate Action: Remove Signing and Displays Referencing Violence." Freelance writer Kenneth Shepard posted an image of the notice on Twitter, and other copies have circulated on Reddit. "Review your store for any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior," the notice reads. "Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately." It's unclear how widely the notice was circulated.

The notice instructs workers to remove demos of "violent games, specifically PlayStation or Xbox units," events for "combat style or third-person shooter games" scheduled in the electronics department, movies depicting violence, and hunting season videos playing in the sporting goods section. It also noted that merchandisers from Anderson Merchandisers, a service provider for Walmart, will send out representatives to update display consoles and demo units "within the next week.
 
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7yk7/walmart-removes-violent-video-game-signage-still-sells-guns


Walmart stores are reportedly removing "signing and displays referencing violence," including signage and playable demos for video games, following recent shootings at two of its stores.

On July 30, a gunman shot two Walmart employees and injured a police officer at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi. The following Saturday, on August 3, a 21-year-old man killed 22 people and wounded 24 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Days after the shooting, President Trump blamed, in part, "gruesome and grisly video games," as well as mental health issues, for mass shootings in America, despite evidence that suggests otherwise.

This week, Walmart sent employees a notice titled "Immediate Action: Remove Signing and Displays Referencing Violence." Freelance writer Kenneth Shepard posted an image of the notice on Twitter, and other copies have circulated on Reddit. "Review your store for any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior," the notice reads. "Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately." It's unclear how widely the notice was circulated.

The notice instructs workers to remove demos of "violent games, specifically PlayStation or Xbox units," events for "combat style or third-person shooter games" scheduled in the electronics department, movies depicting violence, and hunting season videos playing in the sporting goods section. It also noted that merchandisers from Anderson Merchandisers, a service provider for Walmart, will send out representatives to update display consoles and demo units "within the next week.
So, let me get this straight. Guns aren't the problem. Violent movies aren't the problem. Violent games aren't the problem. Advertising is the problem.

Did I get that right?
 
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IGN reported today that Walmart was going to stop selling violent games but Walmart has since denied that, if they weren't also selling guns I could see why they may want to take signs down for a while just because the shooting happened in a Walmart and some may just think images of guns would be in bad taste but seeing real guns in the store is a hell of a lot worse than a render or photo of any kind.
 

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Well, it's a good thing that violence, assaults, and murder didn't exist before movies, games, and advertising. Now we should all be safe from now on.