Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Walmart the Biggest Seller of Firearms in U.S.
Adam Lanza the terrorist who shook Sandy Hook Elementary School and one of the weapons was an AR-15 assault weapon. Although it is not known where the weapons were purchased the AR-15 is a highly recognized weapon sold at 1,700 Walmart stores across the U.S. This weapon was also the choice of assault used at the Beaverton Mall shooting.
"Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded fifty-eight people and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. And several years before that, a man and his teenage accomplice used a Bushmaster AR-15 to terrorize the Washington, DC, area with a series of random shootings." The Nation
Because of the debate over selling guns and how easy it is to get assault weapons Walmart decided to remove the item from their website, yet they have not pulled them from their stores. Nothing has changed. Walmart stocks their shelves in the open with a variety of bullets that are easy to steal and the guns are out in the open on the shelves. The hourly sales clerks have not been trained with guns and firearms and the shelves remained unlocked during store hours.
"Overall Walmart sales figures are back on track after the 2011 slump, and executive vice president Ducan Mac Naughton told shareholders at a meeting in October 2012 that gun sales in particular are a staple of the chain's strategy to continue boosting its numbers. He said that over the past twenty-six months, gun sales at Walmart stores open for a year or more were up an astonishing 76 percent, while ammunition sales were up 30 percent. Walmart is now the biggest seller of firearms and ammunition in America." The Nation
The FBI reported that they received 16.4 million background requests by the end of 2011 it rose to 16.8 this year.
Although many stores have changed how they stock and sell guns after Sandy Hook, Walmart has not changed a thing. For Five Assault Rifles you can pick up with your groceries view images here on The Nation.
This is something to think about.