Several times this year a question has been raised about whether Walmart is going to quit selling guns and ammo. Up till now no one has had a definite answer, so being a reference librarian I decided to do some research. What I found is not encouraging.
While searching through the Walmart corporate site I came across an article dated April 14, 2006 that said Walmart was removing firearms and ammo from approximately 1,000 of their stores. No mention was made of not stocking them in new stores, but we know from earlier posts that there are new stores opening which have no firearms. While doing this research I ran into some stories that tend to make me believe that Walmart is moving toward an anti-gun position. It appears from some of the information I found that Walmart has a political agenda that is headed 180 degrees away from gunowners. After reading the material I wonder if Walmart deserves the dollars of citizens who are gunowners. What say you?
There is an article dated May 24, 2006 telling about Walmart giving $25,000 to an organization called Service for Peace. I did some checking on it and found the following statement on its website:
I'm all for peace, but with almost 60 years of experience with the UN and organizations affiliated with it has taught me that anything but peace is the objective of the UN.SERVICE FOR PEACE CELEBRATED THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2006 WORLDWIDE
More than 3,500 Peace Day events took place in 200 countries for the UN International Day of Peace on September 21st 2006. The Day brought together more than 2,000 organizations, mobilizing what UNESCO has called The GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE!
Service For Peace was honored to be part of this celebration!
I also ran across an article dated September 25,2006 entitled Wal-Mart grows 'green' strategies and statingThe article referenced a USA Today article of the same date. The USA Today article indicates who Walmart is in bed with in this endeavor. Names like the World Wildlife Fund, Transfair USA, the Marine Stewardship Council, Environmental Defense, and Al Gore. In speaking of Gore the article said:The company is mapping whole product lines to find out where the environment is hurt along the way and how to stop that.
Some of the organizations mentioned in the article are familiar like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Of themselves WWF says that they support aOn Climate Change Day in mid-July, it hosted former vice president Al Gore at its corporate headquarters here. "We know that Wal-Mart is not necessarily an easy place to come to," CEO Scott admits. Yet after Gore showed his global-warming film, An Inconvenient Truth, he got a standing ovation from a crowded Wal-Mart auditorium.Environment Defense has as a national adviser that great scientist, Barbra Streisand. It to is an organization that promotes the idea that climate change is a result of human activity (read USA).Project to halt global warming by promoting international ratification of the Kyoto climate treaty.
Transfair USA is an organization that promotes fair trade - fair to everyone but the US. One of its major functions is environmental change to reverse the problems that humans have caused.
The Marine Stewardship Council says of itself:The chairman of the MSC board is a former Clinton appointee and like all the board members is or has been affiliated with WWF.Though operating independently since 1999, the MSC was first established by Unilever, the world's largest buyer of seafood, and WWF, the international conservation organisation, in 1997. It is this exciting and unique green-business partnership that has been praised by world leaders.
If you dig deep enough you will find each of these organizations is tied to other more radical environmental groups which in turn are tied to anti-gun groups.
I also found the following statement on the Walmart website.In checking this out I found out that not only has Walmart become a corporate sponsor of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, but it is a corporate sponsor of LGBT Diversity Week October 9–13 at Boise State University in Idaho. Included on the program is a discussion on how to defeat the Marriage Amendment that is on the November ballot in Idaho.Statement on Wal-Mart's partnership with National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Last Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2006
At Wal-Mart, we believe every individual is valued. As a business, our commitment is to welcome and to serve all customers with respect and without discrimination. Attracting customers from all segments of an increasingly diverse customer base is critical to our success. Wal-Mart will always work to connect better with the customers we serve and our loyal workforce.
It appears to me that Walmart had determined to undermine everything that we as gunowners stand for. Most gunowners are consecrative, but Walmart's corporate policies are moving farther and farther to the left and leaving us behind. It appears that the people running Walmart believe that they can have any political agenda they want to and we as citizens will just grin and bear it. Personally, I have decided that Walmart doesn't sell anything at its Walmart stores nor at Sam's Club stores that I can't get along without or find somewhere else.
For those who want to know, I am not attempting to organize a boycott of Walmart. I have made a decision for myself and you have to make yours. I am asking a question and hope to generate some discussion. I don't believe that it is my place to organize boycotts or any other kind of action. I do believe that it is my place to provide information that can help others make informed decisions. 'Nuff said.