This week, thousands across the United States put pressure on retail giant Walmart to stop selling assault weapons and ammunition.
According to an earlier report by The Huffington Post, Walmart is facing “increased criticism for continuing to sell assault weapons” in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.
On Jan. 15, dozens of activists and gun violence survivors gathered for a rally at a Walmart store in Danbury, Conn., and delivered four petitions. With a total of more than 300,000 signatures, the petitions called for the world’s largest retailer to stop selling and advertising assault weapons in stores.
“Walmart is making it easy and appealing to purchase an assault weapon. Assault weapons cause mass murder and should be left for law enforcement and military. Civilians do not need to have any assault weapons in their homes,” writes oneChange.org petition. “Advertising is something that creates wants and needs. To create a want for such a weapon only promotes violence.”
More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org petition so far.
According to a Friday news release, thousands more have stepped forward in the past few days to demand that Walmart pull assault weapons and ammunition from its shelves.
“Since the petition delivery on Tuesday, more then [sic] 10,000 people have taken toWalmart’s Facebook page to register their voices and urge Walmart executives to honor their 2004 pledge and stop selling assault weapons and ammunition,” the release said. “Additionally, organizers from SumofUs.org, MomsRising and Courage Campaign report that more than 2,500 Walmart customers have placed calls to Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas urging the company to stop selling assault weapons in all of their stores. More calls are expected today and throughout the weekend.”