They will, however, continue to sell the actual violent video games. They will also continue to sell guns.
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week,” said spokeswoman Tara House in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.
Gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, has been charged with capital murder for opening fire in the El Paso Walmart. He allegedly published a hate-filled anti-immigration manifesto shortly before driving 10 hours from his home in Allen, Texas to the largely Latino border city to carry out the massacre.
In response to the shooting, employees at Walmart's e-commerce offices walked out in protest of the retailers' gun policies. The Washington Post reports that Walmart "sells guns in about half of its 4,750 U.S. stores, making it one of the nation’s largest retailers of firearms and ammunition."
Organizers also started a Change.org petition demanding that company executives "cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians." The petition currently has over 50,000 signatures.
On Friday, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called on Walmart to stop selling guns. She cited the example of CVS, who stopped selling tobacco products in 2014 out of concern for public health.
Companies that sell guns have a responsibility to the safety of their communities. @Walmart is one of the largest gun retailers in the world. The weapons they sell are killing their own customers and employees. No profit is worth those lives. Do the right thing—stop selling guns.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
Earlier this week, Walmart CEO Doug McMillion promised in an Instagram post that the company would "work to understand the many important issues arising from El Paso and Southaven as well as those raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence.”
Walmart's policy on gun sales has changed in the past: In 2015, following the Sandy Hook shooting, the company stopped selling assault rifles and in response to the Parkland, Florida shooting last year they ended the sale of all weapons to anyone under the age of 21.