If you listen to the liberals (which I don’t recommend) you’d have to believe that we have a horrible gun violence in our nation today. If you listen to the liberal rhetoric, apparently we’re in danger every time we walk out our front door that some unconcerned card carrying member of the NRA is going to be cleaning one of their several dozen semi-automatic weapons and accidentally kill us while we hurry into our cars.
The only problem with that theory is that you shouldn’t be worried about the people who are taught the proper care and handling of fire arms. Who you should be concerned about are the mentally unstable and fury fed young people who have been brainwashed into believing that they’ve been somehow short changed in life. The kids who walk the halls beat down by political correctness with no hope for resolution, who are never taught how to defend themselves in a life threatening situation because everyone around them is so politically pacifist.
Which is why Walmart’s absurd advertisement for some non-traditional “back to school” items have us concerned that those fed up with the system are going to take justice into their own hands, instead of doing it the right way. This Indiana Walmart proudly displayed one of their signature summer school sales over a gun rack.
This may be one time that conservatives and liberals agree; kids shouldn’t be taking guns to school. Via MSN reported on the scandal that caused an uproar in Indiana:
“Walmart landed in a controversy Thursday when a picture taken at one of its stores went viral on social media. In the picture, a sign with the tagline, “Own the school year like a hero,” was seen displayed above a gun rack. It appeared the guns were being marketed as “Back to School” items.
A twitter user, Ismail Kidd Noorazi, first posted the picture that sparked outrage. Many Twitter users then started asking the retail giant for an explanation. Responding to the tweets, the retail giant apologized and informed the sign was removed.
In one of its tweets, Walmart said the sign was found in the store number-1341, however, it did not confirm the location of the store. A report claimed the store was in Evansville, Indiana.
However, in another Tweet, the retail giant said the company confirmed with the shop manager, who said there was no such sign near the guns.
— Ismail Kidd Noorzai (@ismailkidd) August 9, 2017
Twitter users alleged such a behavior was adding fuel to the already existing problem of gun violence in the United States.
Under the “Back to School” banner, Walmart sells products like backpacks, lunchboxes, binders, glue sticks, crayons and other such essentials. In an advertisement with the tagline “Own the school like a hero,” the retail giant promotes products linked with superheroes.
And this is not the first time that Walmart has landed in such a controversy. In July, Walmart apologized after facing criticism online for using a racial slur in a product listing on its website. The company claimed the product was listed by a third party seller, and also mentioned it was upset with the use of such a word on its website and it had removed the unidentified seller completely from its site.
In September, a Walmart store in Panama City Beach stacked up Coca-cola bottles to make them look like World Trade Center, with a message that read: “ We will never forget.” While the gesture aimed at commemorating the 9/11 attacks, social media users criticized the company for using the opportunity for branding.
In October 2014, the store apologized for labeling a cloth category for adult plus size Halloween outfits, ‘Fat Girl Costumes.’ After facing social media backlash, the firm’s spokesperson came out with a statement saying, ‘This should never have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize. We are working to remove it as soon as possible and ensure this never happens again,’ according to reports.
In 2015, Walmart, along with other retailers like Amazon and eBay, banned the sale of Confederate flag merchandise. The step was taken after the flag became a sore point in the aftermath of a shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston.
Several other retailers have apologized in the past and removed controversial products from their shops and websites. While Amazon had to remove a doormat with the picture of Indian flag, Nike offered an explanation for using an offensive name for its range of sneakers. The retailer selling athletic footwear, apparel and accessories had named the range of shoes ‘Zenji.’ Many social media users said it was a derogatory term in Arabic for people from Zanzibar.”
While most conservatives are about as pro-gun as a person can be, we’re not pro-anybody in the world getting their hands on guns. And while many of us teach proper gun handling to our kids, it’s in a supervised and instructional setting. That seems to be the main problem between conservatives and liberals when it comes to how guns should be handled; liberals want them taken away altogether and conservatives want them to be used by those who know how to use them and will treat them with respect.
If this was Walmart’s way of trying to arm the resistance, they’re going to have to try again. If it was just a matter of mistaken labeling, then they might want to be more careful. Either way, it would be a good idea to rethink the marketing department.