This prompted groups to call for a boycott to buy from Walmart. However, Walmart has publicly stated that it will not ban the sale of guns following the mass shooting.
A gunman killed 22 at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday, and the following day a gunman killed nine in Dayton, Ohio.
Walmart Inc.'s chief executive said he was rethinking the company's role in confronting gun violence in the wake of two deadly shootings at Walmart stores, but didn't offer specific plans or changes to its firearms and ammunition sales.
Walmart instructed US stores to remove signage and video displays that show violent imagery or "aggressive behavior", including ensuring no violent movies are playing on in-store TVs and removing all signs and demos of combat and third-person shooter games. Vice reported that Walmart employees received memos from corporate headquarters asking for the immediate removal of "signing and displays referencing violence".
Roughly 30 Walmart employees took part in a planned walkout on Wednesday to protest the retailer's gun sales, according to Thomas Marshall, a Walmart e-commerce employee who helped organize the walkout. The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. "We feel a profound lack of confidence in the ability of both elected officials and Walmart's leadership to protect us from violence in our stores".
'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.
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Marshall and two co-workers called for a sick-out general strike in a message he sent through an internal Slack messaging channel an email chain that included about 20,000 people.
On Thursday, panicked shoppers fled a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, after a man carrying a rifle and wearing body armor walked around the store before being stopped by an off-duty firefighter. Previous year the company raised the minimum age to buy a gun to 21 from 18 after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The notice urged employees to use their "best judgment" and turn off games or remove displays if they are unsure of their appropriateness.
Other workers said the threat of shootings is pervasive in all public spaces, and there's nothing Walmart can do beyond its current security and training measures to protect against potential threats.
McMillon promised Tuesday in social media posts to respond to the shootings in a "thoughtful and deliberate way".
"There's been no change in our policy at this time", said Hargrove, who said Walmart is focused on "our associates, customers and the community of El Paso".