After two shooting incidents within its retail stores, Walmart now has decided to remove any violent game signs and displays from the stores, confirmed the retailer on Thursday.
A memo has been sent to the stores, asking them to take immediate action for removing displays and signing which contain aggressive behaviour or violent themes. The Walmart officials confirmed about the authenticity of the memo, which was circulated via Reddit and Twitter, to news outlet USA TODAY.
In a statement, spokeswoman for Walmart, Tara House said that the company has taken such a decision in respect of the incidents that took place last week. This move doesn’t reflect a long-standing change in Walmart’s game assortment, House added.
Last Saturday, 22 people died at one of Walmart stores located in Texas, just days after 2 managers of the company were shot dead by a man who is described to be a dissatisfied store worker in Mississippi. In wake of these incidents, a few politicians blamed the video games.
Police arrested a young man in Springfield on Thursday, who was dressed in military-type clothing and with body armour, after he entered a Walmart store with firearm. The police say that he pushed one of the shopping carts and then used his mobile phone in order to take recording of the people escaping the store.
The Walmart officials informed this week that the company will continue to sell guns, although a few people are not happy with its decision of selling actual guns.