Walmart, AR-15s and Barbie
Mega-retailer Walmart said Wednesday that it is limiting sales of firearm ammunition to three boxes per customer per day, explaining that it is unable to keep up with surging demand.
“In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting Thursday, Jan. 24, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time,” a spokesperson told Reuters.
The nation’s largest gun seller has faced criticism for refusing to stop selling semi-automatic assault rifles following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a disturbed young man killed 27 people and then himself, including 20 children, with a Bushmaster AR-15.
The company was sold out of semi-automatic assault rifles in five states immediately following the Newtown massacre in December, reports said. Although it refused to stop selling the guns, it did remove a photo of a Bushmaster M4A3 from its website.
Purchasing guns and ammo at Walmart poses no problem for consumers. The same cannot be said for the following products which have all been banned from Walmart stores.
- pregnant Barbie dolls
- Jon Stewart’s book America
- Sheryl Crow’s debut album (Walmart disapproved of the lyrics to one of the songs)
- the DVD documentary Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War
The more I find out about Walmart, it’s polices, business practices and treatment of employees, the easier it is to stay firm with my commitment to never again set foot in one of their stores.