Walmart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon this week said that the company will be "thoughtful and deliberate in our responses" to the shootings, which left 22 people dead in El Paso, and killed two employees at a store in Southaven, Mississippi. Days earlier, a Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers at a store in Southaven, Miss. Hargrove said that there isn't in any near future a sign of altering the retail giant's approach since the weekend shootings or as an outcome of Marshall's orders for an employee walkout.
Walmart will still be selling actual guns that can be used to inflict real-life violence, which seems like a more pressing matter no matter how you slice it.
But Thomas Marshall, 23, category specialist at Walmart who helped organize the walkout, said that workers "no longer want to be complicit by working for a company that profits off the sale of firearms".
Company officials say Walmart's policy on gun sales has not changed.
Walmart employees are planning to walk out of corporate offices Wednesday, demanding the retailer stop selling firearms of all kinds.
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"There are more effective channels such as email or leadership conversations", he said. Employees at Amazon, Google and Microsoft have called on management to stop selling facial-recognition technology and other services to law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
With 1.5 million workers, Walmart is the nation's largest employer, according to The Washington Post.
Years of public pressure led Walmart, the largest U.S arms retailer, to end assault-rifle sales in 2015 and to raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21 in 2018.
Walmart - whose founder, Sam Walton, was an avid hunter - has shifted its gun policies over the years.
The Massachusetts senator is joining a push by gun control activists following two mass shootings that killed 31 last week.
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McMillon wrote that the corporation will "work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence".
"They said they will be thoughtful and careful about their response, so we are respectful of that..." McMillon said the company's first concern is "responding to the situation on the ground". It also does not sell any weapons to customers younger than 21.
'Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first, and we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community.
'We have made great strides already, but now we must organize to shape this company into a place we can all be proud of.
He continued, "When the worst happens, we counter with our best selves".
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The American Federation of Teachers on Friday urged Walmart to stop selling guns and not make political contributions to lawmakers who receive donations from the National Rifle Association.