In an effort to serve their hunting and fishing clientele, Walmart will continue selling firearms in American stores for the foreseeable future.
During an interview with CNNMoney correspondent Cristian Alesci, Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon definitively stated that their company has historically catered to the hunting and fishing community, and despite recent gun-related tragedies like Sandy Hook, they still plan to provide local hunters the means to shoot their food.
“When you see events, tragedies like Charleston and Sandy Hook, do you ever question Walmart’s decision to sell firearms and ammunition?” asked Alesci.
“Our focus as it relates to firearms should be hunters and people who shoot sporting clays and things like that,” said McMillon. “We believe in serving those customers, we have for a long time, and we believe we should continue to.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, weighed in on the debate, arguing that guns shouldn’t be sold next to video game consoles, and they shouldn’t be sold by young people.
“I would hope that stores like Walmart would recognize the danger of having these guns displayed right next to an aisle away from microwave popcorn and Xbox games,” said Murphy. “I’m not terribly confident that a 21-year-old Walmart clerk is going to sell guns responsibly or be able to give customers the kind of advice they need on how to responsibly use that gun.”
Murphy may not be confident that a 21-year-old is responsible enough to sell hunting rifles, but the American government is confident that men and women of that age can defend our country with a wide array of weaponry ranging from fully automatic high-caliber machine guns, to grenade and rocket launchers, tanks, fighter jets, and more.
Alesci closed with one last posit, saying, “You don’t think recent or future events would ever change your mind on that decision?”
“Well, that’s hypothetical. I think what our history would tell you is that we want to serve people who want to hunt and fish and we want to have a great sporting goods department, and that’s part of it,” answered McMillon.
(The following was submitted by freelance writer Brent Rogers)