Following a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas last month, company executives did a little math and figured out they could use the incident to their advantage and virtue signal to a majority of customers by implementing new policies aimed at curbing gun and ammunition sales. (Related: Researchers: Crumbling family structures are contributing to mass shootings.)
In a statement to employees this week, CEO Doug McMillon wrote:
We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we’re going to continue doing so. In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again. The status quo is unacceptable.
This comes after McMillon jumped on the Left-wing gun control wagon following the shooting to call for new ‘discussions’ about reimplementing an “assault weapons” ban despite the fact that a 10-year ban on such weapons in the 1990s and early 2000s did not reduce gun morbidity or murders.
In his rush to placate liberal soccer moms and social justice warriors, isn’t McMillon actually making Walmart shoppers less safe and more likely to be targeted in what are now “gun-free” super centers?
Consider, as Katie Pavlich at TownHall notes, that there have been incidents at Walmart stores in the past where armed citizens have intervened to stop the kind of mass shootings that occurred in El Paso or, at least, reduce the number of casualties (and save lives):
Just last month an armed citizen became a hero after stopping a mass shooting at a Walmart in Missouri.
As reported by NewsTarget, just a few days after the El Paso shooting, a 20-year-old armed with a rifle, handgun, and wearing body armor was arrested by police after he was intercepted by an armed off-duty firefighter — on a Walmart parking lot.
“His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business. In fact, he’s lucky to be alive still to be honest,” Springfield, Mo., Police spokesman Lt. Mike Lucas told KOLR-TV.
The TV station noted further:
According to Lt. Lucas, an off duty fireman who was at the Walmart is to thank in some part for the young man’s arrest. For now, investigators will review both the Walmart security footage and the armed 20-year-old’s social media profiles.
After the El Paso shooting, there was another mass casualty shooting in Dayton, Ohio, later the same day. That caused the FBI to issue a statement warning that there could be “copycat” incidents on the horizon.
“The FBI remains concerned that U.S.-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by these and previous high-profile attacks to engage in similar acts of violence,” the bureau said.
Enter the potential shooter at a Springfield Walmart — and the off-duty firefighter who saved an untold number of people.
And last year, an armed citizen managed to stop a shooting spree at a Walmart store in Washington state, according to the Washington Post.
The paper said a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart store and injured two people during carjacking attempts; he was fatally shot by not one but two armed civilians, police reported.
“Witnesses told the Seattle Times that at least three civilians pulled guns in the parking lot,” the Post reported. “Police reported just two, one of whom fired at the suspect and killed him.”
“He is a hero,” a customer told KING 5. “If this customer hadn’t done what he did, who knows what would have happened.”
Without question, McMillon’s decision is going to make customers less safe when they shop inside one of the retail giant’s stores. Now, what happens when, after this policy goes into effect, there is another incident involving casualties; did McMillon also open up Walmart for a liability lawsuit?