Walmart’s higher ups have confirmed its request for violent game displays in stores to be removed. In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings last week, politicians and media alike are fingering violent video games.
This age old debate of whether violent video games can cause violence has erupted yet again and is flooding social media as well as every news channel around. Although there is a ton of evidence that points towards the exact opposite, Walmart has taken the easy road and begun removing game displays.
According to employee reports, Walmart has asked its employees to “Turn off or unplug any video game display consoles that show a demo of violent games, specifically Playstation and Xbox units.”
Reddit posts such as this one have emerged which prove that not only is this true but Walmart stands beside its decision. VICE was able to confirm with a Walmart employee directly that this was indeed the course and further, a spokespoerson from Walmart explained it was for “solidarity”.
The spokesperson who spoke with VICE stated, “We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment.” While that may be so, many video game advocates such as Jim Sterling point out a major flaw in this approach. While violent game and other violent media displays are taken away to discourage this behavior, the guns that Walmart and other major stores sell still remain very accessible.
There is no word yet on when or if Walmart will actually be returning the displays.