In a Tuesday memorandum to employees, Walmart Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Doug McMillon declared that Walmart, the huge retailer that is among the 50 largest public companies in the world, would be ending some gun and ammunition sales and making other changes to gun policies in its stores. McMillon, in his memo, also says he would be writing that day to United States President Donald Trump and Congress leaders calling for action on several restrictions on the exercise of gun-related rights. McMillon calls these restrictions “common sense measures.”
Regarding his call for new government-imposed restrictions, McMillon writes in his memo:
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 we’ve seen before, these horrific events occur and then the spotlight fades. We should not allow that to happen. Congress and the administration should act. Given our decades of experience selling firearms, we are also offering to serve as a resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.
Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.