Walmart, ESPN Target Video Game Guns Following Actual Gun Tragedy

The world still grieves over the tragic mass shootings in Texas and Ohio a few days ago. For more on how to help (as well as learn about a browser game inspired by the wholesome feral hog meme born from the tragedy) check out our earlier story. However, while NRA-backed Republican politicians refuse to enact any gun control measures that might actually curb these shootings, they have gone back to blaming violent video games despite all evidence that video games don’t cause mass shootings.

It seems as if most people have finally stopped falling for this distraction, especially since more people than ever before play video games and wind up perfectly well-adjusted. But some recent moves from big businesses have targeted video games, not real guns, as the true epidemic.

A recent bit of rescheduling from ESPN is actually perfectly okay, good even. Out of respect for the victims, ESPN is delaying a Sunday broadcast of the EXP Invitational Apex Legends tournament at X Games. While the competition already aired on ESPN’s Twitch page, highlights will now air on ESPN2 Oct. 6 at 5 P.M. Eastern time with reruns on Oct. 15 and Oct. 27. While it’s less militaristic than PUBG, Apex Legends does feature more realistic guns than, say, Fortnite, so we understand ESPN’s decision here.

What we don’t understand, and are frankly appalled by, is Walmart’s cowardly decision to ban all in-store advertisements of violent movies and games while changing nothing about its policy to sell real deadly guns to customers. A recent memo instructed employees to “remove signings and displays referencing violence.” So if I walk into a Walmart and get frustrated about not seeing ads for Call of Duty or whatever I can still buy and walk out with a rifle. It’s worth noting that the El Paso shooting happened in a Walmart.

It’s about time this country listened to the real president, former Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime, and acknowledged that guns, not video games, are the problem here. Plenty of other countries play violent video games. Only in America, from Walmart to loop hole-ridden gun shows, can you easily get the weapons needed to enact this actual senseless violence. It needs to stop.


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