Mass shootings are on the rise in the USA. It’s been a week since a white supremacist shot down 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso. A week before that, an angry Walmart employee murdered two people and shot at a police officer in Northern Mississippi. Now, Walmart has taken action. They are removing displays that show violence(video games, movies, hunting videos).
The memo to Walmart employees was uploaded by redditors and twitter users. VICE verified that the Walmart had indeed issued the memo.
Apparently Walmart is telling its employees to take down displays that show violent video games, specifically shooters, as well as movies and hunting videos. pic.twitter.com/2N3t4B86tf
— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) August 7, 2019
The memo asks employees to remove any signing or displays that contain “violent images or aggressive behavior. It then goes on to specify what these things include. Video Games are at the top, followed by movies and hunting videos. Here are the main parts from the memo.
“Turn off or unplug any video game display consoles that show a demo of violent games, specifically PlayStation and Xbox units
“Cancel any events promoting combat style or third-person shooter games that may be scheduled in Electronics.
“Verify that no movies depicting violence are playing Electronics.”
“Turn off any hunting season videos that may be playing in Sporting Goods, and remove any monitors or displays that show the videos.”
There’s one thing that’s conspicuously missing from this list; guns. Walmart is the largest distributor of guns in the U.S. We feel that its a little hypocritical that Walmart is removing virtual guns and their advertisements but not ACTUAL GUNS.
But profits over actual lives, right? That’s capitalism for you. And the removal of displays of video games is sure to result in increased profits. Why? Because President Trump and his supporters have simply blamed violent video games. They say these mediums glorify violence in society.
We have discussed before how this is an entirely wrong perception. And for Walmart to do this, it not only propagates the same viewpoint but it can also have serious consequences.
Recently, the Twitch team was under threat because of how many times this viewpoint had been repeated by Trump and his followers. However, we also have the ESA completing rejecting Trump’s comments. And politicians like Hillary Clinton are standing strong with gaming community.
Hopefully more people will soon stand up against these accusations. This might result in Walmart and others actually dealing with the problem. The problem that is lax gun control laws, instead of blaming video games for it all.
But for now, the hope is faint.