Dear Walmart Store Manager and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon,
As our nation continues to grapple with the twin tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, all of us must do our part to keep Americans safe from gun violence.
That includes Walmart -- a company with tremendous market leverage and clout.
We are grateful that you have chosen to take a leadership role in pushing the retail sector to adopt more responsible policies and commend you for your decisions to stop selling handguns, assault weapons, and for raising the minimum purchasing age for firearms to 21.
But we are calling on you -- the largest retailer in the world -- to go even further. Given our nation’s incredibly weak and permissive gun laws, we are asking Walmart to do everything it can, including the following to keep your customers, employees, and the communities you serve safe each and every day:
- Stop selling guns and ammunition until we can dramatically raise the standard for responsible gun ownership all across the country and the gun industry stops selling firearms of ever-increasing lethality.
- Stop making political contributions to lawmakers who receive donations from the NRA, as these officials are putting us all in harm’s way by opposing legislation that would make firearms harder to get.
- Pledge that you’ll use you political influence to advocate for legislative changes to raise the standard of gun production and ownership in America, including a ban on military-style weapons.
- Invest in the communities you serve by funding gun buybacks to help get dangerous guns off the streets.
Given Walmart’s tremendous size and influence, these actions will send a ripple effect through our political system and force our elected officials to break the gridlock and actually advance smart policies -- policies that an overwhelming majority of Americans support.
Just as importantly, your decision to stop selling guns absent structural reforms from the gun industry will push gun manufacturers to reform their practice of producing weapons of increased lethality and marketing those arms to our communities. The gun companies will listen to you -- they depend on your market reach.
As we continue to organize Americans across the country to push your company to do the right thing, we hope that Walmart steps up and helps lead the nation in keeping us all safe.
Walmart responds to our campaign with dramatic changes to their gun policy.
UPDATE — Read the statement from the WalmartMustAct coalition:
“We applaud Walmart and CEO Doug McMillon for continuing to lead in the fight against gun violence and taking such dramatic steps to limit the availability of firearms. As Congress comes back to consider gun violence reforms, Walmart -- and other major American corporations -- must make it clear that they will do everything they can to help build safer communities across the country.”
About this Campaign
On August 3, 2019 a mass shooter killed 22 people and injured 24 more at a Walmart Supercenter in El Paso, Texas.
Walmart is the largest employer in America and the largest retailer of guns in the world. They have tremendous political and cultural power, and we need them to join the fight in building safer communities with fewer guns.
If Walmart refuses to sell guns and ammunition until the standard of gun ownership changes in this country, they could save countless lives and fundamentally change the conversation about gun violence in America.
Join us in calling on Walmart to take the following actions immediately:
- Stop selling firearms and ammunition until we raise the national standard for gun ownership and production
- Pledge they’ll no longer make political contributions to lawmakers who get their money from the NRA
- Pledge that they’ll use their political influence to advocate for legislative changes to raise the standard of gun production and ownership in America, including a ban on military-style weapons
- Invest in the communities they serve and fund gun buybacks in key areas around the country
Walmart & Guns
After past mass shootings, Walmart implemented a number of voluntary actions to reduce gun violence, including raising the age of gun sales at their stores to 21 and refusing to sell assault weapons. Unfortunately, this is not enough.
Please join us in urging Walmart to show the leadership that has made them so successful. Call on Walmart to use their power to keep their customers and communities safe, until the federal government follows the will of the people and raises the standard of gun ownership.
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