By now we have all heard about Walmart’s decision to stop selling handgun ammunition and certain calibers of rifle ammunition. They also have stopped allowing (by asking its customers not to) open carry in stores. On top of that, they began lobbying for red flag laws, universal background checks, and asked congress to re-examine the “assault weapon” ban. Many like myself thought that it is due to recent pressure being put on them by activists (both “professional” and grassroots). Well, that notion is wrong. This has been in the works for awhile. First, a link with Walmart’s current actions:
A month after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, the nation’s largest retailer, said that it would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons and call on Congress to consider a new ban on assault rifles. We look at what Walmart’s move means, and how corporate America could play a role in curbing the epidemic of gun violence.
Now, let’s get to it.
On Walmart’s corporate website, a little insight to their moves can be found. They are partnered with Everytown For Gun Safety (Michael Bloomberg’s gun control organization, they lobbying/political arm of Moms Demand Action):
Walmart takes steps above and beyond what is required by law to sell firearms in a responsible way, including:
Walmart associates who are authorized to sell firearms are specifically trained on all firearm policies and procedures. Associates who fail to follow the policies and procedures are subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Walmart is a charter member of the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership, organized by Walmart and Everytown for Gun Safety.
check out their Firearms & Ammunition section for more. However, SURPRISE! Bloomberg has his hand wrapped around Walmart (and it’s not new). From 2008 (when Everytown went under the name Mayors Against Illegal Guns):
To Walmart’s defense, this was before it became obvious that MAIG was not just after illegal guns, but ALL guns:
According to a new count, the group’s membership has gone from a high of 1,046 following the shootings at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 to a low today of 885.
That’s a fast drop of 161 members.
The shrinking membership has been noticed and charted by pro-gun groups and congressional supporters of the Second Amendment as evidence that the public and public officials are losing their appetite for greater gun control.
As they’ve left MAIG, many of the mayors have publicly assailed Bloomberg’s group, suggesting that it has gone from a group targeting “illegal” guns to one simply against guns.
The “original mission swayed,” said Rockford, Ill., Mayor Larry Morrissey as he exited. He even explained that he planned to get a concealed carry permit because his family has been threatened.
As all gun control groups do, they lie about their true intentions. It has nothing to do with safety, just gutting the 2nd amendment.
Digging deeper into the relationship, more information comes up, such as from the Joyce Foundation, who you can learn about their involvement in forming March For Our Lives here: https://ilwd4cr.home.blog/2019/04/14/the-truth-about-march-for-our-lives-and-the-fallout-of-the-msd-shooting-part-1-the-beginning/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
As for Joyce Foundation’s involvement with Walmart? Well, Walmart basically assisted in writing the playbook by joining with Bloomberg:
“THAT WALMART CREATED WITH MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS”
So it is clear Walmart is in with Bloomberg. Walmart is now doing exactly what Everytown For Gun Safety/Bloomberg are advocating for (red flag laws, UBC’s, re-examining weapon bans).
Furthermore, see here (from 4/14/08):
Wal-Mart has often found itself on the wrong end of a gun.
The company sells more firearms than any retailer on the planet, but this week Wal-Mart took aim at its own lax guns sales policies—-and hit the target with some powerful potential political allies.
Wal-Mart told the media that it has joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in an initiative called The Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership. Wal-Mart pledged to implement new gun sale rules at less than one-third of its American stores.
And now for the BIG surprise in that article:
The National Rifle Association took immediate aim at the new Wal-Mart policy. The group’s CEO called Wal-Mart’s move “a public relations stunt”. “I honestly think it’s a corporation trying to curry favor with politicians as opposed to doing anything meaningful about stopping crime,” said Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.
And he’s probably right. Wal-Mart, after all, needs Michael Bloomberg strongly on their side if they are to have any hope of breaking into the Manhattan market. The retailer’s efforts to site a store in Manhattan have been shot down.
“We didn’t pressure them,” Mayor Bloomberg told the media, “ they’re doing it because they think it’s the responsible thing to do.” No, they did it to declare a cease fire with the Founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns—-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino—-the latter an outspoken critic of Wal-Mart who kept them out of Downtown Crossing.
Hell, they even use the same advertising agency (from 2013)!!!!
Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to promote gun-control may not have swayed many votes in Congress last month, but the $12 million TV and video effort was enough to impress marketing executives at Walmart.
The national retailer which claims to serve 60% of American shoppers each week, hired Lighthouse Group, the Florida-based agency responsible for producing recent Mayors Against Illegal Gun spots, to contribute Walmart’s new multi-million dollar advertising campaign, Adage reports today.
The fact that the retail chain is the largest seller of guns in the country seems to be of no consequence to either the anti-gun agency or the gun-peddling discount department store. Walmart spokesperson David Tovar confirms that the Lighthouse Group will be retained on a project basis to collaborate on the brand’s latest television and digital ads.
Politics aside, the Lighthouse Group’s straightforward, real-people-speaking-to-camera approach that characterizes Bloomberg‘s gun-control spots appears to be the direction that Walmart is pursuing for its new “Real Walmart” campaign.
Selling out the American public to further their OWN interests. Corporate greed on Walmart’s part and manipulation by a power hungry billionaire. Did it pay off for them? Yep! In September of 2018, right in the middle of the gun control debate leading into the midterm elections.
On a bank of the Bronx River, below the roar of the Bruckner Expressway, Walmart has finally found a foothold in a city that has long shunned it.
Walmart’s e-commerce business, Jet.com, is leasing a 205,000-square-foot warehouse in the Bronx that will soon begin supplying MacBooks and organic eggs to New York’s well-heeled shoppers.
The physical presence is a victory for the nation’s largest retailer, which has faced resistance from labor groups and their political allies every time it has proposed opening a store in the five boroughs. But it’s also an acknowledgment that the company’s longtime national strategy won’t work in certain big cities.
The irony of all of this is that the people cheering it on (mostly Democratic politicians and their activists) are the ones who say they are against large corporations (monopolies) and billionaires using their power to influence government and “democracy” (we’re a constitutional republic), yet here they are: applauding the very thing they supposedly are against.
Stand up and voice your opinion with your wallet: boycott Walmart and buy from local businesses.