Communities React After Walmart Announces New Gun Sale Policies
“The guns aren’t causing the problems, it’s the mental health issues,” said Dave Campbell, who says he is not for gun control.
On Tuesday, Walmart announced they are no longer selling certain guns and ammunition in their stores.
Walmart says they made this decision in response to the recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Southaven, Mississippi.
A man with an assault rifle opened fire, killing 22 people at a Walmart last month.
Just days before that, police in Mississippi say a disgruntled employee killed two co-workers, again at a Walmart.
Walmart isn’t the only one making gun-related policy changes.
Stores like Kroger and Walgreens are following suit.
Once Walmart goes through their current inventory, they’re going to stop selling short barrel ammunition such as a .223 caliber as well as a 5.56.
They plan to stop selling handgun ammunition and they’ve already completely stopped selling handguns in Alaska.
Walmart is also asking customers who live in open carry states to no longer openly carry in their stores.
“I think it’s more of a Band-Aid solution. I don’t think that limiting the availability is going to stop any of the violence we are seeing,” said Erik Davidek.
The decision is sparking mixed feelings.
“I’m a gun owner. I’m a hunter. I’m a guns rights advocate but I also believe in a nuance approach,” said Davidek.
“Our second amendment you know that’s very, very important that we keep,” said Campbell.
Campbell says he’s against stricter gun control because he believes the issues are beyond the guns.
“I think in the country, we’ve had some terrible shootings but my feelings are, we have mental health issues that need to be taken care of,” said Campbell.
But for people like Jackie Myers, limiting sales of guns and ammunition is a good thing.
“I’m all in favor of it because guns kill people. I know the NRA doesn’t like this but I’m telling you we’ve got to keep kids hands away from these guns and people who are motivated by not very good interests,” said Myers.
No matter what side you’re on, it’s an issue getting more attention from retailers, lawmakers and communities across the country.
“We really do have to discuss this a little more than the Trump administration and Congress are doing right now,” said George Golubovskis.
Walmart says in a complex situation, lacking a simple solution, they feel these changes will hopefully reduce reoccurring tragedies.