We pity the poor guy in the Walmart chain of command who had to make this no-win decision: Walmart is selling guns again.
The chain, America’s largest retailer, pulled firearms from most of its stores five years ago. At the time, the company said that it was simply a business decision to focus on other lines of merchandise. There was a great hue and cry that it was actually to appease the anti-gun crowd, who had taken Walmart as the new Great Satan because they sold those awful guns that hurt bunnies and kittens and toddlers.
We suspect the truth lies in the middle of both arguments.
What is undeniable is that many Walmart stores have drastically cut back on their merchandise lines in the last few years. When our community received it’s brand-new “Superstore” there was great expectation but huge disappointment after it opened. The common buzz around town is that the new, bigger store actually held less merchandise than the old store. Our non-scientific opinion would tend to agree, at least in terms of total product lines.
So, it would appear that perhaps guns disappeared as part of this misguided effort to reduce inventory at the one “general store” that remains in most communities after it has run the mom-and-pop stores out of business.
There is also a strong suspicion on our part that anti-gun sentiment probably played a role. Walmart founder Sam Walton was a noted outdoorsman and removing guns from stores would have likely been unthinkable during his tenure. However, as the company has grown, the number of “suits” in the hierarchy has expanded exponentially and we suspect the decision was made by somebody who has never had dirt under their manicured fingernails and proudly displays a Havard MBA on the wall next to their Phi Beta Kappa key.
In case you haven’t heard, such folks tend to be liberals. Oops, sorry, I forgot that they are now called Progressives.
In case you were wondering, we are intentionally stereotyping business-school graduates. However, the fact remains that stereotypes come to life in the first place due to factors that are very common in the noted group. For example, I wholeheartedly agree that most white guys cannot dance; Yours Truly being one exception, especially after several stout cocktails.
But I have badly digressed…
Anyway, the fact remains that Walmart is now, quietly, returning gun sales back to approximately half of its stores.
Everyone should be on standby for Sarah Brady to appear in the front of the national news cameras during the upcoming week, eyes wet with Maybelline “Tears-of-Compassion Eye Glistener,” crying about the pending surge in dead Chicago school children, spotted owls and U.S. Senators thanks to those evil-doers in Arkansas (the ones she was praising five years ago).
Someday we’d like to see her make a similar impassioned appeal over our dying liberties.
Ammo on Aisle Three: Walmart Brings Back Guns to Many Stores – TIME NewsFeed.