- William S. SimonPresident and CEO, Wal-Mart U.S.
- H. Lee Scott, Jr.Chairman, Wal-Mart Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
Wal-Mart, Stop Selling High Capacity Ammo Now
We are all aware of the tragic and violent events that took place on January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, AZ. Not everyone is aware that the gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, bought his ammo at a local Wal-Mart. Even though he was turned away at one Wal-Mart location, he simply went to a second Wal-Mart store in the same town where he was successful in his lethal purchase. Wal-Mart refuses to comment, but we will never forget this fact.
There is no reason why any Wal-Mart should be selling 30-round ammo clips anywhere in the United States. Had Loughner only been able to purchase 10-round clips, his attacks would not have resulted in as many victims. The problem is that there is no honest reason why a Wal-Mart should sell the type of ammunition that will result in mass-killing sprees. There is only one reason why Wal-Mart sells high capacity ammo: money.
Therefore, we the undersigned demand Wal-Mart to put profit aside for the sake of public safety and completely discontinue the sale of high-capacity ammo clips for semi-automatic weapons in all stores nationwide. For the sake of our citizens who may end up being the victims of the next gun massacre, please do this one thing in order to limit the ability for violent offenders to cause the worst sort of collateral damage.
To be clear, this petition is not to ban all ammo sales--as noble a thing as that would be, it would simply be impossible to accomplish. It is simply to demand that Wal-Mart discontinue high-capacity ammo clips.
We also pledge to refuse to spend our money at Wal-Mart stores and on WalMart.com until they change this policy.
- President and CEO, Wal-Mart U.S.
William S. Simon
- Chairman, Wal-Mart Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
H. Lee Scott, Jr.
As concerned Americans, we are appalled by the news that Jared Lee Loughner was reportedly able to purchase high-capacity ammo magazines for his Glock at one of two Wal-Mart locations in Tuscon, AZ the day of his fatal attacks at a peaceful assembly. While his initial target, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, survived Loughner's assassination attempt, six innocent bystanders, including a Federal Judge, were murdered. Twelve others were wounded, and had he not been tackled and disarmed by brave citizens, more would have been killed or wounded had he successfully reloaded.
There is no real reason why responsible gun owners would need semi-automatic magazines containing 30 rounds. While it is technically legal to sell such a product, it is not in keeping with any standards in corporate ethics to do so. Since the political will to change gun laws to prohibit high capacity ammo clips seems lacking, we respectfully ask you to voluntarily remove all ammo magazines containing more than ten (10) rounds. While we surely cannot turn back the clock on the tragic events of January 8, 2011, you can do your part to minimize any future mass shootings by limiting the ability of such people to purchase ammo that permits them to shoot more people before reloading their semi-automatic guns.
You may publicly refuse to comment on the fact that Loughner bought his fatal rounds at one of your stores, but that will not change this fact in the minds of sober-minded Americans who will associate this tragedy with the name of Wal-Mart for as long as we live. We are willing to put our money in line with our principles by refusing to spend another penny in any of your stores, both physical and online, for as long as you continue to sell high-capacity ammo clips. We are not demanding that every single bullet be pulled from all stores. We simply wish for a discontinuation of high-capacity semi-automatic magazines in all U.S. Wal-Mart locations.
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