Wal-Mart short-changes gun owners


April 11, 2003, 06:39 AM

Wal-Mart short-changes gun owners

Posted: April 11, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

I paid for a cup of coffee the other morning and got some change in return. Before I put the dollar bills in my wallet, I noticed one of them had something written on it: "Don't fry bacon naked." I love this country; where else does the phrase "money talks" really mean something?

Which brings me to Wal-Mart Stores' decision to stop selling firearms in California. Yes, money talks – in many ways – and it seems as though the nation's top retailer has made a financial decision to short-sell the Second Amendment.

Hopefully, gun owners will make them pay dearly.

According to reports, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer virtually described Wal-Mart stores in his state as weapons fronts for al-Qaida. He claims stores were engaged in "systemic" violations of the state's gun laws because after examining six of them, his office found about 400 violations of state laws.

Wait – a word about those laws. They are some of the most anal in the country, and – in perhaps a bygone era – few of them would have passed constitutional muster. The fact that our federal courts have not struck down most of them is another matter.

Wal-Mart officials counter that store employees – who are not paid like your average CEO, to put it bluntly – mostly violated the state's gun paperwork requirements. On a few occasions, guns were sold to inappropriate parties, but even Lockyer's office has denied Wal-Mart showed criminal intent.

But rather than fight this blatant intimidation – and Wal-Mart's corporate execs have a rep for fighting rather than folding – the company decided to cop out, a pathetic response for a chain that built its foundation on good old American values.

Also missing from this anti-gun debate, as usual, is a healthy dose of common sense and reality. Thankfully, however, there are people in this country who can contribute both.

"In a nation of this size, it's virtually impossible for gun retailers to completely avoid, over the years, selling a gun to someone convicted of a felony, perhaps in the distant past," says Brian Puckett, co-founder of Citizens of America, a [sadly] California-based national pro-gun rights group. "In any case, many of Wal-Mart's actions weren't crimes since they were 'violations' of unconstitutional gun-control edicts."

"In sum, AG Lockyer is doing what he and other Democrats do best, which is harass gun owners, gun retailers and gun manufacturers," he added. "If Wal-Mart chooses to fold, then fine – that's good for our retailer friends who deal exclusively in guns and related items."

Folding is no longer an option.

The gun industry has taken its share of lumps in the past, but the heat is still on and is being increased by anti-gun zealots. The NAACP just launched a new lawsuit against the industry in federal court in New York, and the others – though so far unsuccessful – have cost the industry dearly. In fact, that's one of the stated goals of the anti-gunners: to bleed the industry financially until it crashes under its own weight.

Wal-Mart is the nation's No. 1 Fortune 500 company, with annual revenues of nearly $250 billion. It's one of the nation's primary gun retailers, and the industry needs all of them it can get.

I don't have any words of wisdom to put on my money for Wal-Mart, but gun buyers should speak loudly. We can surely spend our cash elsewhere as punishment for the retail giant's shameful decision to short-change a basic right while American men and women are fighting overseas on our behalf for all of our rights.

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April 11, 2003, 03:28 PM
Before you call for a Boycott, Walmart's gun sales were going to be shut down by that SOB CA Attorney General Bill Lockyear unless they voluntarily did it themselves. So, they did it themselves. The ban on gun sales in CA is not permanent. Walmart has plans to better train it's staff to deal with all the BS California makes you go through to buy a gun.

There is big market in CA for rifles at Walmart. You can bet they will be back once they have satisfied the DemocRATic party secret police.

BTW, when the Marines come back from Iraq, they should go directly to California and overthrow the stinking swine DemocRAT party that is oppressing the citizens there.

Standing Wolf
April 11, 2003, 06:18 PM
Wait – a word about those laws. They are some of the most anal in the country, and – in perhaps a bygone era – few of them would have passed constitutional muster.

"Anal" or "tyrannic"?

Al Thompson
April 11, 2003, 06:30 PM
I think a boycott is very short sighted. One, Wal-Mart may not have had the option. Two, let's give this pro2nd Amendment store a chance to do what they have to do to get on track with these stupid laws.

April 11, 2003, 06:44 PM
I've bought 4 long guns thru local Wally World, two off rack and 2 special ordered. In each case, dealt primarily with same old geezer. Very limited number of people in that deptartment are allowed to do transactions. Heck, most of 'em (sometimes teenagers) can't even get the information right on a hunting or fishing license. I can only imagine the training and procedures required to comply with Kali laws. :(

Safety First
April 11, 2003, 09:09 PM
We should give Wal-mart the bennefit of the doubt,at least for now...My guess is,they aren't about to get out of the gun business if they are making money,so lets don't be too quick to judge them,just watch closely..

April 12, 2003, 01:13 AM
So with no firearms, what Wal-Mart merchandise is still made in the USA?

Double Naught Spy
April 12, 2003, 01:07 PM
What a biased article. How is it that Wal-Mart is short selling the second amendment? What sort of illusionist crap is that? Why would it be assumed that Wal-Mart has to cater to the second amendment? Why don't they have the right to sell or not to sell guns if they so choose. Just because the voluntarily pulled out in CA does not mean they were short selling the second amendment. Notice that Wal-Mart has not been making some sort of public statements about guns or anything like that. So, they apparently are not against guns, but have simply decided that they don't want to offer guns in CA. That is their choice in a country that allows freedom of choice. The second amendment is not the only right we have.

As noted, they may have bee shut down anyway. Plus, Wal-Mart had a lot of gun problems with their paperwork in CA and were often not in proper compliance. With such problems, it could be seen as very irresponsible to continue selling guns when they could not be consistently compliant with the law.

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