On Guns … The Right Thing To Do

Two days ago, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon sent a letter to their employees part of which reads …

Doug-McMillonDear Associates,

We’ve … been listening to a lot of people inside and outside our company as we think about the role we can play in helping to make the country safer. It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable.

We’ve been giving a lot of thought to our sale of firearms and ammunition. We’ve previously made decisions to stop selling handguns or military-style rifles such as the AR-15, to raise the age limit to purchase a firearm or ammunition to 21, to require a “green light” on a background check while federal law only requires the absence of a “red light,” to videotape the point of sale for firearms and to only allow certain trained associates to sell firearms.

Today, we’re sharing the decisions we’ve made that go further:

After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons;

We will sell through and discontinue handgun ammunition; and

We will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking our complete exit from handguns. [emphasis added]

Finally, we encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger. We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness. We must also do more, as a country, to understand the root causes that lead to this type of violent behavior. Today, I’m sending letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that call for action on these common sense measures.

As you all know, I am no fan of Wal-Mart, but I applaud this measure with both hands.  It is too little, and too late coming, but at least the CEO of this company has, finally, shown some common sense and more concern for the people of this nation than most of our elected officials.

Within minutes after Wal-Mart making this announcement publicly, the NRA flew into a rage! NRA-tweet

Well, if you think the NRA represents the ‘voice of the people’, if you think that most people in this nation are against any form of gun legislation, as the NRA would have you believe … explain this:

“Shares of the retailer rose more than 1% to a record high on Wednesday. The gains game after Walmart announced Tuesday that it would change its policies around gun-sales in response to two deadly shootings that killed 24 people at Walmart stores in El Paso, Texas and Southaven, Mississippi.” – Business Insider, 04 September 2019

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Similarly, after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced in February 2017, in response to the devastating Parkland school shooting, that it was raising the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, and would no longer sell assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks in any of its 730 U.S. stores, their profits increased by 3.2%.

As a result of Wal-Mart’s announcement, some gun nuts took to Twitter, calling for a boycott of Wal-Mart, but you know what, folks?  In a May Quinnipiac poll, 61% overall said they are in favour of stricter gun regulations.  The breakdown here is interesting:  91% of democrats, 59% of independents, and only 32% of republicans.  What a shocker, eh? Quinnipiac-poll

Note that women are more in favour of gun regulation than men (again, no surprise there), and blacks are overwhelmingly more in favour than whites … could be because they are most often on the receiving end of a bullet.  Apparently 5% of the people polled didn’t much care one way or another.  Sigh.

Wal-Mart, with its 1.5 million employees nationwide, is the single largest retailer in the nation.  They may, in a very practical sense, have even more clout than the NRA when they choose to use it.  But, it isn’t enough.  The shooter who killed at least 7 and injured 20+ more in Odessa Texas last Saturday had failed a background check to buy a gun … twice.  Yet, he had an AR-15 assault weapon in his car when police tried to stop him in a traffic stop.  How?  He bought it in a private sale … in Texas, private gun sales do not require a background check.

And, in spite of two mass shootings in Texas last month, the state legislature expanded gun rights … nay, I cannot even call it “rights”, for these rights infringe on others’ rights … by passing the following:

  • Senate Bill 535: allows Texans to carry guns in churches, synagogues and other places of worship, unless otherwise banned by those places with proper signage.
  • Senate Bill 741: prohibits property owners’ associations from banning storage of guns on rental properties.
  • House Bill 121: provides a legal defense for licensed handgun owners who unknowingly enter an establishment that bans firearms as long as they leave when asked.
  • House Bill 302: prohibits landlords from banning renters and their guests from carrying firearms in lease agreements.
  • House Bill 1387: loosens restrictions on the number of school marshals who can carry guns at public and private schools in Texas.
  • House Bill 1177: allows Texans to carry handguns without a license during a state of disaster.
  • House Bill 1143: prohibits school districts from banning licensed gun owners from storing guns and ammunition in their vehicles in parking lots.
  • House Bill 2363: allows certain foster homes to store guns and ammunition in a locked location.

Take a close look at these!  They prohibit a landlord from banning guns in his/her rental property!  How utterly stupid!  They loosen gun laws in schools, churches, foster homes.  What could possibly go wrong, eh?  Governor Abbott signed all these bills into law in May & June, and they went into effect the day after the Odessa shooting. Irony?

C’mon people!!!  Let’s get serious and make it damn clear once more that people’s lives, that our safety, the safety of our children, mean more than anybody’s so-called “right” to own and carry a gun.  Get the damn guns out of the hands of civilians!  At the very least, insist on background checks for every single gun sale, and ban the damn assault rifles once and for all!

Note that in his letter to his employees and his public announcement, Doug McMillon encouraged the nation’s lawmakers to act.  I second that motion … time to get back into phone-calling and letter-writing mode, my friends.  This madness cannot continue!

40 thoughts on “On Guns … The Right Thing To Do

        • Ah … okay, I understand. Though I respectfully disagree, for I think certain types of guns, such as assault weapons that were made only for military, not casual civilian use, should be banned altogether. But then, were it in my power, I would repeal the 2nd Amendment. 😉

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          • I believe we can certainly disagree in a civil manner. However, while I may not be happy with an AR-15 (or similar rifle ban) , I don’t believe that the second amendment will ever be repealed .

            The NRA may fold on “assault rifles” , but will raise hell on the issue of an outright ban. While I am pro-gun , I don’t care for that organization because they are far too politicized. Are willing to make big compromises in my opinion. Overall, I have a philosophical aversion to lobbyists. That’s another strike against them.

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            • I have tried many times to use this blog to encourage civil discourse, but thus far I have had very limited success. However, I’m always willing to listen and discuss like adults!

              I agree with you on the NRA and lobbyists in general. See, already we find common ground. And, I also agree that the 2nd amendment will not be repealed any time soon. I only said that if it were in my power, it would be gone, kaput, hasta la vista! But, for one thing I am a pacifist, am against violence (although I threatened to bash my landlord over the head with my rolling pin yesterday 😉 ), and I am a woman, a mother. I see no viable reason for the average citizen to own a gun. And I absolutely see no need for anybody to carry a gun into their local grocery store, or bookstore. I have a policy that if somebody has a gun tucked into their belt in a place I happen to be shopping or eating, I leave. Immediately.

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  1. I thought it strange that the first post received from Filosofa’s Word today was the music post, until when going to comment there noticed the arrow pointing left and this title listed…pressing that wee arrow led me to here. Mayhaps, in moments you will wish that I had not stumbled upon this post! I would hold that thunderous applause for the duplicitous Walmart company. Yes, they have made a long overdue positive response, after much public goading, to the stop the sale of the certain guns and ammunition. Yet, on the other hand they are handing tons of money to lawmakers that oppose gun control which in turn helps eliminate the possibility of any sane gun control legislation. They are effectively joining hands with the NRA…Shame! I suggest reading the Yahoo Finance column by Max Zahn dated August 6, 2019 and titled “Walmart’s political group has given millions to GOP lawmakers who oppose gun control measures.” As noted in another place, Walmart is complicit by their funding of these known anti gun control lawmakers. Thank-you!

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    • That you didn’t get this in your morning inbox must have been a WordPress quirk, for I promise I wasn’t trying to hide it from you! 🙂 I didn’t look into where Wal-Mart donates their money, so this is news to me, though certainly not surprising. I have boycotted Wally World for years, after it came to my attention what terrible employment practices they utilize, as well as some other practices that I found to be unconscionable. Thanks for the info, though … I will follow up on that. I found the Max Zahn article and have saved it to peruse tomorrow.

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  3. Jill, with elected officials failing to act with stewardship, companies will respond to people’s wishes. To me, the failure to address these issues is an albatross around thr necks of NRA funded politicians. Keith

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  4. I’m like you Jill. I’m no fan of Walmart. But the guy deserves credit. Once again, it’s the R Party hindering progress on anything and everything in our country. Taking the Senate AND the House won’t be easy. And dislodging the incompetent boob from the White House won’t be either. Ughhh. But damn it, we have to….overwhelmingly. Maybe…just maybe then, we can get some things done. And hey, while we’re at it…let’s send Moscow Mitch back to the hills of Kentucky once and for all!!

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    • Indeed he does deserve credit. And you are so right … in fact, I’m not sure there’s a snowball’s chance in heck of taking both chambers of Congress, let alone that and the Oval Office. We have our work cut out for us, my friend! And yes, for Pete’s sake PLEASE let us send ol’ Mitchie somewhere … back to the hills from whence he came, or to Timbuktu … I don’t really care, just as long as he’s out of our face!

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  5. Wow, this is Yuge! Never thought i’d see the day that a corporation will put ppl ahead of profits! Hopefully other establishments will follow suit and limit or outright refuse to sell weapons of mass destruction…. cause that’s what it’s turned into these days.

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  6. Hurrah for WalMart. It is about time, but still hurrah. If the major American sellers of firearms and ammunition can start making statements as WalMart did, maybe the govt might have to act too. Though looking at Texas’ new laws, a republican govt might just make it unlawful to not sell guns if even one customer wants to buy a gun in your establishment. How crazy can Texas get!

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    • Yeah, too little, too late, but still … a step in the right direction. Like you, I am in hopes that other retailers will follow suit … perhaps it will begin to make a difference? Texas isn’t alone … how crazy can they get, you ask? Sigh. We likely haven’t seen the limit yet.

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  7. Well done Wal-Mart, Boo to Mike Huckabee. It’s time the Government reviewed it’s policies regarding weapons. The NRA say the leaders should approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty. I would also add with responsibility. The NRA suggest all the mass killings are done by people with mental health problems. If I agreed-which I don’t, then wouldn’t it be sensible to ensure weapons don’t get into the hands of the mentally ill. That would be a starting point and the NRA could even help by reporting each sale they make.
    Cwtch

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    • Yes but that means the NRA would be out of a job which would be a good thing. Somehow i don’t see them rolling over quite so easily. They still have too much sway over politicians… you know, the ones who suppose to represent the interests of we the ppl. *Sigh*

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        • So true, they never have and never will. It’s up to we the ppl to stand up and uphold our own rights, under the law granted by our Constitution.
          And yes, that means repealing the 2nd Amendment if necessary.
          We are already living under a tyrannical government, guns or no guns, I don’t see citizens taking up arms against the US gov’t and demand our God given right of individual sovereignty, right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Clearly our rights have been eroding ever so gradually under this corrupt regime!
          {Hugs} ❤

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    • 330 million people in the U.S., and 393 million guns in the country. Something just doesn’t add up here. It’s hard to believe that there was a time, until the mid-to-late 1960s, that the NRA actually supported gun control measures. Their change in stance, which seems to track closely with the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, seems to be here to stay, though, and common sense has flown out the window. Their power, the money they spend to buy our elected officials, is sickening and disgusting. I hope other companies follow Wal-Mart’s example … it might just make a difference.
      Cwtch

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  8. It always strikes me that the NRA has a ridiculous amount of influence bearing in mind its membership is only around 5 million even by its own figures, which it does not release publicly. That would be less than 2 percent of the population. It’s clear its influence is financial – buying politicians.

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    • They do have a tremendous amount of power and the money they pay to politicians to buy their ‘loyalty’ is sickening. The NRA is having troubles, both financial and internal, at the moment, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted their ability to influence our politicos. Even the majority of gun owners don’t support the NRA, as is evidenced by the relatively low membership you noted. And yet … they call the shots (pun intended). 😉

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