In response to the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Walmart is removing advertisements of violent video games but will continue to sell guns and ammo. According to IGN, Walmart employees were asked to immediately remove signs “and displays referencing violence.”
An alleged memo from corporate headquarters reads: “Remove your store for any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior. Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately.”
The memo also asks that display units demonstrating violent games be unplugged, “specifically PlayStation and Xbox units” and that events promoting violent video games be cancelled.
Violent movies and “hunting season videos” will also be removed from Walmart.
Yet, stores will still sell guns and ammo.
22 people were killed in the El Paso shooting on August 3 and two dozen more were wounded. Following the shooting, President Trump said violent video games were a potential cause of the shootings. There is no scientific evidence that violent video games are linked to violence in real life.
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