Congressman Ted Lieu Slams Walmart for ‘Making Up Stupid Sh*t’ by Blaming Video Games for Mass Shootings

Congressman Ted Lieu Slams Walmart for ‘Making Up Stupid Sh*t’ by Blaming Video Games for Mass Shootings

August 14, 2019
Democratic Representative Ted Lieu slammed Walmart for taking down video games that depict violence days after a mass shooting occurred at one of their branches.
The 50-year-old politician took to his Twitter page on August 9 to call out the chain for their decision.
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“Dear @Walmart, remember how: Mario Kart caused people to drive faster? Pac-Man caused folks to eat more? Fortnite radicalized a white supremacist to shoot Hispanics at your store?” Lieu wrote in his tweet.
“You disrespect the victims of mass shootings by making up stupid s**t. Stop blaming video games.”
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Two tragic shootings happened at two separate Walmart branches. On July 30, two Walmart employees were fatally shot in Southaven, Mississippi by a disgruntled coworker who was previously fired. A police officer was also injured in the incident.
Then, four days later, the bloody El Paso, Texas shooting left 22 dead, according to BuzzFeed. Authorities are viewing the El Paso mass shooting as a hate crime.
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and it does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” Tara House, a spokesperson for Walmart, said in a statement regarding the removal of any video games portraying violence.
Meanwhile, Business Insider reached out to the company and was directed to the statement provided by Walmart’s executive vice president of corporate affairs, Dan Bartlett, on Twitter.
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Despite the two consecutive shootings at two different branches, Walmart, one of the world’s largest firearms dealers, continues to sell guns.
A company spokesperson told Bloomberg over the weekend that the company had no plans to stop selling weapons.
Featured Image via Flickr / Neon Tommy (CC BY-SA 2.0), (Inset) via Twitter / tedlieu
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