It wasn’t enough that the descendants of Sam Walton have pivoted radically away from the Made in the USA mantra, so Walmart could make money at any cost. The rot that invades much of the American corporate culture seems to have taken root there as well, capitulation to the social media masses. They now bow to the basement dwelling outrage mob who demands action, as in Mom’s Demand Action.
A man who was not aware of Walmart’s three-day old request for customers to no longer open carry in its stores; open carried in a Lexington, Kentucky store. For this egregious violation of social contract, he now has a lifetime ban from entering any Walmart, in the United States. For me, that would be a gratefully received dis-invitation. Prior to this anti-gun crusade by Walmart, I only ever entered one of its stores—under protest—and while implementing my two-gun rule.
In short, the two-gun rule was in response to Walmart’s complete lack of concern for customer safety, and the many incidents my late wife and I had. She insisted on shopping there, “to save a few dollars.” This rule was put into effect after she was threatened once and accosted another time. After she was forced to return to the store when someone attempted to follow her out to her vehicle; the rule became gospel.
After that close call, she accepted the rule. She knew where that encounter was headed and had confirmation about three days later, when someone who wasn’t as aware was assaulted. Each of the times the information was brought to the attention of management or security, a shoulder shrug and “nothing happened” was the response.
The Two-Gun Rule
If I must enter a Walmart, I must be in physical possession of two guns or another in my party must also be armed and competent with a handgun. The party never breaks into smaller units than there are guns to cover the sub-units.
Until recently, my girlfriend chafed under the rule. Several times, as she was unarmed, this meant I would not join her in Walmart or allow her to enter; which caused her a slight inconvenience. We also had an incident where she was very happy that I made her carry. The gun was not drawn, but a hand casually placed on the butt of the gun (covered by her shirt) made the malcontent move on. Since then, she has moved her pharmacy needs to a different store and never goes into Walmart unarmed. I am still working on the two guns—or better yet two armed people—part of the rule, with her. But, progress has been made.
Walmart used to follow a fairly simple and common sense rule regarding guns, “We follow state law.” That policy is rather difficult to fault or complain about. In Florida, no open carry is allowed as it is against state law. In Kentucky, there is no problem with open carry, as it is very legal. This has been changed as a genuflection to Mom’s Demand Action and Everytown gun control groups.
My statement is not idle conjecture. Walmart corporate has attempted to buy off those groups with seven figure donations and a seat at the table. They doubled down on this with the request (obviously a ban) regarding open carry, the discontinuation of the sale of 223/5.56 and most pistol ammunition. In an earlier attempt to mollify the shrill harpies, they increased the age for purchases of all guns and ammunition to 21 years old.
My Suggestion to Walmart
It is my suggestion that Walmart corporate be made aware of the folly of their choice. Walmart chose to pay Danegeld. The only thing that such a payment had every created, was further extortion of more payments and capitulations. My suggestion is to send Walmart’s corporate offices a voluntary lifetime ban letter with your name, address, and signature. If they receive several thousand, “I ban myself” letters; perhaps they will rethink their position funding anti-civil liberties groups, the anti-gun lobby, and its stance on encouraging criminal predation at their stores. It might not be a bad idea to mention, the path to hell is paved with good intentions and point to Dick’s Sporting Goods and NASCAR as examples of poor choices. Perhaps even point to Rural King as an example of a remaining true to the customer base and reaping additional profits as a result.
Now they went and banned a man for sitting in a lawn chair (while open carrying) as he waited for the prompt service at the Walmart gun counter.
How have the recent anti Second Amendment positions taken by Walmart on raising the age to buy firearms, restricting sales of certain calibers of ammunition, and now banning people for legally carrying a firearms in its stores affected your shopping decisions? Share your answers in the comment section.
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