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Wallmarts response to my email, not a canned answer

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by gym, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. gym

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    Thank you for your message.

    Dear George,

    Thank you for your recent inquiry. Walmart, like the rest of the country, has been engaged in a national dialogue about the responsible sale and regulation of firearms. We have had ongoing conversations with the Administration, Congress, Mayor Bloomberg’s office, sportsmen groups, suppliers and others to listen and share our thoughts and experiences.

    Over the years we have been very purposeful about striking the right balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that we sell firearms responsibly. In fact, we became a charter member of Mayor Bloomberg’s coalition against illegal guns and adopted the 10-point code established by the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership that goes beyond what the law requires. We have also spoken to the Vice President’s office to share our perspective and have sent an appropriate representative to participate in this discussion.

    We take this issue very seriously and are committed staying engaged in this discussion as the Administration and Congress work toward a consensus on the right path forward.

    Sincerely,
    Walmart Customer Care
     
  2. BLB68

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    What part of that leads you to believe it's not canned?
     
  3. texasgun

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    "Dear George" is the only not canned part ....
     
  4. Skribs

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    And that part was probably computer automated.
     
  5. ATBackPackin

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    I wonder how many mayors are in the coalition Mayors For Illegal Guns?
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Or they have a box on a shelf full of boxes with "Dear George" letters in it! :D

    rc
     
  7. TheCracker

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    Screw Walmart. It's outrageous that the politicians are basically trying I get them onboard with with the restriction of our constitutional rights so they can make money.

    It they do, we need a serious boycott or something. I already spend too much money there to begin with.

    What kind of message would it send I 500k people sent in cut up SAMs clubs, walmart visa cards etc cards with a note explaining why.
     
  8. 22-rimfire

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    Walmart has been requesting more information than necessary for years when buying ammo. Why would this surprise you? Walmart is just a business. But they could throw a lot of weight around if they wanted to.
     
  9. guyfromohio

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    Side with us and we'll call off our union dogs.
     
  10. 22-rimfire

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    That's funny. Union dawgs.
     
  11. Tirod

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    It's not just Walmart cooperating with the Administration - as far as it doesn't hurt profits . . .

    Corporations at large are the major restrictors of the the 2A. Look at the record, or better yet, YOUR workplace rules. Carry concealed, probably not. Have a gun in the trunk of your car, only as long as they have no clue. The policies are usually written "not on our property." And when they fire you for it, you have to sue, and half a dozen cases haven't settled it yet.

    Actually use the gun to protect yourself and coworkers, you get fired. Then, read up the fine print in your health care package. You can't engage in hobbies that may increase the risk to your health - like skydiving. Now, ask yourself, when was shooting a gun at a range NOT included? It's coming.

    It's all about safety, sure, like not being allowed to have a cell phone in the cab of a company vehicle, truck, train, or plane. But what is really going on is a small cadre of executive stockholders who don't trust you whatsoever with a firearm - even tho you might be a veteran and trained in a dozen different automatic weapons.

    The focus on what Walmart might or might not sell is short sighted, it's what they don't allow 2.2 million employees to do. That's about 50% of the number of NRA members - add all the other corporate employees equally dispossessed of their rights, and MOST of us are being restricted in the right to keep and bear arms.

    It's not just Walmart, it's YOUR employer in most cases.
     
  12. wow6599

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    This is what I posted in another thread, and I believe it -

    The irony is, Wal-Mart is the enemy of all unions. Without union support, Obama never gets elected. Does Wal-Mart really want to alienate both sides?
     
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    To be honest, I don't mind Walmart being at the table. If their actions are distasteful, we can shop elsewhere. Walmart generates a lot of business in gun-friendly regions. If they tick off too many gun owners it would impact sales. The companies that scare me are the likes of Bank of America (freezing assets...buffet owns lots of preferred bac stock), google (manipulating search engine results to screen pro gun results), etc. we could have an entire thread theorizing how liberal companies could aid and abet the gun control agenda.
     
  14. gym

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    I think they want to keep that revenue stream open, and also not alienate the working man who shops there.
    While they can't come out and back any anti administration policy, it's in their best interest to not take a side here.
    Many of us would stop shopping there if they came out against guns, and there are a lot of middle class folks who are their client base.
    I don't think they want to get involved in taking the presidents side on this one. If they do it would relly be stupid, as a one week boycott of their stores could really hurt them. And that's very easy to organise.
     
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    It is worded differently enough from the reply I received from them to make me believe there were two distinct humans typing those responses. So while there might be an official memo on fielding these questions and comments, I feel a human sent mine as well as the OP's.
     
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    The last time I bought ammo at Walmart (couple months ago), they didn't ask me for anything. I wonder if it's a change in policy, lack of caring about policy by the clerk or just a difference in locale? Or maybe they don't bother you if it's .22 LR?
     
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    I guess I don't care whether the message was canned or not. It's the message that seems troubling. It sounds like they're willing to cave. ARs are a new introduction to their inventory, cut those out and they just carry on as they had been. They can still make money at the usual bolt guns and pump shotties.
     
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    The letter says absolutely nothing...:confused:
     
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    Walmart will do whatever is good for its profits. That may include discontinuing items they deem will scare sheep.

    The sporting goods dep't. was showing a hunting video on a large screen TV, and one home office employee with his kid told the store manager he wanted that removed, because he didn't want his son to see anything about killing animals for food.
     
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    R1derbike, I understand that man's sentiment. Why hunt for food when you can buy meat that is made at the grocery store?
     
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    anyone else disgusted that Biden's "industry representative" is from a company that generates a small % of revenues through firearms? Where is the rep from Ruger/S&W/Buds.

    Walmart could survive just fine if they turned around and sold no more guns. Where are the voices from the companies that would vanish if they did that?
     
  22. Carne Frio

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    We only have one Wally World up here. It usually has
    a great assortment of handgun, rifles and shotguns.
    They also usually have loads of ammo. If they don't
    respect the shooters and hunters, the people here will
    put a big boycott on them. Fairbanks has more than
    it's share of "fringe" dwellers who would love to put
    the smack down on Walmart, deserved or not.
     
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  23. Bobson

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    Are you serious? I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not.
     
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    Skribs You are absolutely right. I am tired of being looked at like a criminal when I am up in the hills deer,bear or grouse hunting and I come across social hikers asking why I need a gun. It is very hard to hold my tongue sometimes.
     
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  25. MachIVshooter

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    Wal Mart is pro-profit, period. If they stop selling ARs, it's not because of political pressure; It'd be because the bean counters decided the rifles were scaring off more dollars than they were generating.

    Wal Mart corporation could just about literally buy the US government, cash. They're not going to bend to th will of Biden.

    Not one they'd likely listen to. That company generated $120 BILLION in gross profit for 2012.
     
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