The shock and horror of our nation’s recent spate of mass shootings has created a deep chasm in American culture, particularly as it pertains to the Second Amendment.
For some, the inalienable right should now be regulated by the very government that it protects us from. You see, the right to bear arms exists solely to allow Americans to remain free from any government, foreign or domestic, who would look to disarm them.
For others, however, the problem is not the arrow, but the archer. Evil exists in this world, and has for all of eternity. Those with a will to commit tragic atrocities will not be stopped, no matter the legal impedances that are put into place.
In the path to understanding one another’s ideology on guns, retailers such as Walmart are bowing to financial and cultural pressure from those who would empower the government against the people.
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Walmart said Tuesday it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two “horrific” shootings at Walmart stores this summer. It will also stop all handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from the handguns category.
The biggest retailer in the world also is asking customers at Walmart and Sam’s Club to no longer openly carry firearms in stores, in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. Open carry legislation is currently on the books in more than 26 states, Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs, said during a call with members of the media.
Walmart said it won’t be changing its policy for customers who have permits for concealed carry. And it will be adding signage to stores in the coming weeks to communicate the changes.
Unfortunately, Walmart’s decision does nothing to address concerns over the mental health of mass shooters, or any such miscreant whose rage pushes them toward premeditated murder.
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