Walmart pulls violent video games signs after mass shootings

ESPN feels its audiences don't want to see Apex Legends scenes like this

ESPN feels its audiences don't want to see Apex Legends scenes like this"given the swirl of that moment

While it's understandable why Walmart might want to do this for the El Paso, Texas, stores given the lingering trauma among both the residents and employees there, it's mystifying that this is a national order.

Under the heading "Immediate Action", employees were instructed to "review your store for any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behaviour".

"Remove from the salesfloor or turn off these items immediately", reads the letter.

Walmart Inc. stopped selling AR-15 guns and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015.

Additionally, the memo asks staff to "turn off or unplug any video game display consoles that show a demo of violent games, specifically PlayStation and Xbox units".

Rather, the company has "taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week", a spokesperson told USA Today.

The killings have put the country on edge. That signage for violent videogames-not even the games themselves-plays a contributory role, and that removing said signs and displays will play a part in curbing mass shootings?

Media reports said Walt Disney Co-owned networks ESPN and ABC have made a decision to delay the broadcast of an esports tournament of battle royale game "Apex Legends" following the shootings.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that there was no link in an opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia when democrats tried to ban the sale of violent games to kids.

An online petition urging the end of gun sales at Walmart, set up in the wake of the El Paso and Southaven shootings, has also attracted more than 50,000 signatures.

On Thursday, a man caused panic at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri when he entered the store wearing body armor and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition, a rifle and a second firearm.

If video games were the cause of all this violence then surely other places like Canada, Australia, Europe, and Japan would see a lot more violence too considering how big the video game industry is in these places.

With respect to gun sales, Walmart past year said it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 after a teen was accused of killing 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Fla. No shots were fired and no one was injured. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat running for president, blasted Walmart in a tweet. No profit is worth those lives.

She added, "It's the guns".

Authorities believe the El Paso gunman, Patrick Crusius, wrote a racist manifesto deploring mass immigration before he opened fire at the Walmart. He has been charged with capital murder.