Walmart Urges Congress, Trump To ‘Do Their Part’ To Stop Gun Violence | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

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>>>WELCOME BACK.>>>WELCOME BACK. I’M STEPHANIE RUHLE. I’M STEPHANIE RUHLE. IT’S TIME FOR “MONEY, POWER, IT’S TIME FOR “MONEY, POWER, POLITICS.” POLITICS.” AMERICA’S LARGEST RETAILER IS AMERICA’S LARGEST RETAILER IS TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS IN THE WAKE OF ANOTHER HANDS IN THE WAKE OF ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING. MASS SHOOTING. WALMART ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT WALMART ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT IT WILL DISCONTINUE SALES OF IT WILL DISCONTINUE SALES OF HANDGUN AMMUNITION AND HANDGUN AMMUNITION AND AMMUNITION THAT CAN BE USED WITH AMMUNITION THAT CAN BE USED WITH MILITARY STYLE RIFLES. MILITARY STYLE RIFLES. IT WILL ALSO STOP ALL HANDGUN IT WILL ALSO STOP ALL HANDGUN SALES IN THE STATE OF ALASKA., SALES IN THE STATE OF ALASKA., THE LAST STATE THE MEGASTORE THE LAST STATE THE MEGASTORE STILL SOLD THEM. STILL SOLD THEM. THE RESPONSE, IT IS SHAMEFUL TO THE RESPONSE, IT IS SHAMEFUL TO SEE WALMART SUCCUMB TO THE SEE WALMART SUCCUMB TO THE PRESSURE OF THE ANTI-GUNIE PRESSURE OF THE ANTI-GUNIE LET’S. LET’S. LINES AT WALMART WILL SOON BE LINES AT WALMART WILL SOON BE REPLACED BY LINES AT OTHER REPLACED BY LINES AT OTHER RETAILERS WHO ARE MORE RETAILERS WHO ARE MORE SUPPORTIVE OF AMERICA’S SUPPORTIVE OF AMERICA’S FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS. FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS. JOINING ME NOW TO WEIGH IN, JOINING ME NOW TO WEIGH IN, COLUMNIST AND FOUNDER OF THE COLUMNIST AND FOUNDER OF THE BOOK. BOOK. AND JOEL PAIN FOR HILLARY AND JOEL PAIN FOR HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN. CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN. ELISE JORDAN. ELISE JORDAN. MR. SORKIN, I MUST GO TO YOU MR. SORKIN, I MUST GO TO YOU FIRST. FIRST. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO PUT YOURSELF YOU ARE THE ONE WHO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE AND YOU WROTE AN OPEN OUT THERE AND YOU WROTE AN OPEN LETTER IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” LETTER IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” TO WALMART CEO DOUG McMILLAN TO WALMART CEO DOUG McMILLAN CALLING ON HIM TO ACT. CALLING ON HIM TO ACT. HE DID, AND YOU HEARD FROM HIM HE DID, AND YOU HEARD FROM HIM YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY. WHAT DID HE SAY? WHAT DID HE SAY?>>I GOT AN EMAIL FROM HIM>>I GOT AN EMAIL FROM HIM BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT WENT BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT WENT OUT, AND I WAS HAPPILY OUT, AND I WAS HAPPILY SURPRISED. SURPRISED. I THINK THIS IS A MOMENTOUS I THINK THIS IS A MOMENTOUS DECISION, A WATERSHED MOMENT DECISION, A WATERSHED MOMENT THAT COULD REALLY CHANGE THE THAT COULD REALLY CHANGE THE CONVERSATION NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT CONVERSATION NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID IN STORES THEMSELVES, HE DID IN STORES THEMSELVES, WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BUT BECAUSE WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT IT SYMBOLIZES. OF WHAT IT SYMBOLIZES. SO MANY CEOs ACROSS THE COUNTRY SO MANY CEOs ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN UNWILLING TO ENGAGE IN HAVE BEEN UNWILLING TO ENGAGE IN THIS DEBATE IN A PUBLIC WAY, THIS DEBATE IN A PUBLIC WAY, HAVE BEEN AFRAID MORE OUT OF HAVE BEEN AFRAID MORE OUT OF FEAR THAN ANYTHING ELSE. FEAR THAN ANYTHING ELSE. PROUDLY THEY TALK ABOUT WANTING PROUDLY THEY TALK ABOUT WANTING TO DO SOMETHING, THEY TALK ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING, THEY TALK ABOUT WANTING TO GO TO WASHINGTON TO WANTING TO GO TO WASHINGTON TO DO SOMETHING BUT HAVE THUS FAR, DO SOMETHING BUT HAVE THUS FAR, FOR THE MOST PART, BEEN FOR THE MOST PART, BEEN UNWILLING TO DO SO. UNWILLING TO DO SO. AND I THINK THIS MAY GIVE THE AND I THINK THIS MAY GIVE THE REST OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY REST OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY LICENSE TO DO THAT. LICENSE TO DO THAT. I WOULD ALSO SUGGEST EVEN BEYOND I WOULD ALSO SUGGEST EVEN BEYOND THE MEASURES THAT ARE TAKEN IN THE MEASURES THAT ARE TAKEN IN THE STORE, HE WROTE LETTERS THE STORE, HE WROTE LETTERS YESTERDAY TO THE PRESIDENT. YESTERDAY TO THE PRESIDENT. HE WROTE LETTERS YESTERDAY TO HE WROTE LETTERS YESTERDAY TO CONGRESS CALLING ON THEM TO HAVE CONGRESS CALLING ON THEM TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL DEBATE AROUND A MEANINGFUL DEBATE AROUND REINSTATING THE ASSAULT WEAPON REINSTATING THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN, TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL BAN, TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION ABOUT FUNDING CONVERSATION ABOUT FUNDING SCIENCE AND FUNDING RESEARCH ON SCIENCE AND FUNDING RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCE, WHICH IS AN GUN VIOLENCE, WHICH IS AN EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY. EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE I THINK THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE REAL CHANGE GOING TO SEE THE REAL CHANGE WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE BUSINESS NOT ONLY TAKING BUSINESS NOT ONLY TAKING BUSINESS IN THEIR OWN HANDS BUT BUSINESS IN THEIR OWN HANDS BUT GOING TO WASHINGTON TO USE ALL GOING TO WASHINGTON TO USE ALL THAT LOBBYING MONEY THEY USE FOR THAT LOBBYING MONEY THEY USE FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT HISTORICALLY, THEIR OWN BENEFIT HISTORICALLY, BUT NOW IT’S BECOME A BUSINESS BUT NOW IT’S BECOME A BUSINESS ISSUE AND IT’S HAPPENING, AND ISSUE AND IT’S HAPPENING, AND THESE MASS KERZ AREACRES ARE HAP THESE MASS KERZ AREACRES ARE HAP THEIR OWN STORE. THEIR OWN STORE.>>THE NRA VERY CLEARLY>>THE NRA VERY CLEARLY THREATENING THEM SAYING PEOPLE THREATENING THEM SAYING PEOPLE AREN’T GOING TO BE SHOWING UP IN AREN’T GOING TO BE SHOWING UP IN YOUR STORE. YOUR STORE. IT’S EASY FOR US TO SIT IN NEW IT’S EASY FOR US TO SIT IN NEW YORK NEWSROOMS IN A LIKE-MINDED YORK NEWSROOMS IN A LIKE-MINDED CITY AMONG LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE CITY AMONG LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE AND SAY, THIS IS HOW THE WORLD AND SAY, THIS IS HOW THE WORLD SHOULD RUN. SHOULD RUN. DOUG McMILLAN KNOWS AMERICA. DOUG McMILLAN KNOWS AMERICA. HE KNOWS WHO HIS EMPLOYEES ARE, HE KNOWS WHO HIS EMPLOYEES ARE, HE KNOWS WHO HIS CUSTOMERS ARE HE KNOWS WHO HIS CUSTOMERS ARE AND WALMART IS ALSO A AND WALMART IS ALSO A FAMILY-FOUNDED COMPANY AND FAMILY-FOUNDED COMPANY AND YOU’VE GOT THE WALTONS SITTING YOU’VE GOT THE WALTONS SITTING OVER THEM. OVER THEM.>>YOU HAVE WALMART EMPLOYEES>>YOU HAVE WALMART EMPLOYEES WHO WERE SIGNING PETITIONS LAST WHO WERE SIGNING PETITIONS LAST WEEK FOR HIM TO TAKE STEPS LIKE WEEK FOR HIM TO TAKE STEPS LIKE THIS. THIS. YOU HAVE POLLS IN THIS COUNTRY YOU HAVE POLLS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT SHOW THAT PEOPLE WANT THAT SHOW THAT PEOPLE WANT REASONABLE GUN SALES. REASONABLE GUN SALES. WILL THERE BE A BACKLASH? WILL THERE BE A BACKLASH? THERE WILL BE A BACKLASH OF SOME THERE WILL BE A BACKLASH OF SOME SORT. SORT. ED STACK DESERVES A LOT OF ED STACK DESERVES A LOT OF CREDIT, THE CEO OF DICK’S CREDIT, THE CEO OF DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, THE WARNING IS SPORTING GOODS, THE WARNING IS GOING FURTHER THAN IT EVER HAS. GOING FURTHER THAN IT EVER HAS.>>ANNA, IT’S ONE THING FOR>>ANNA, IT’S ONE THING FOR BUSINESSES TO DO THIS. BUSINESSES TO DO THIS. POLITICIANS STILL ARE NOT ACTING POLITICIANS STILL ARE NOT ACTING IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY. IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY. THE WASHINGTON ED BOARD CALLING THE WASHINGTON ED BOARD CALLING DIRECTLY ON MITCH McCONNELL TO DIRECTLY ON MITCH McCONNELL TO DO SOMETHING IN A FULL PAGE DO SOMETHING IN A FULL PAGE OP-ED. OP-ED. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT? HAPPEN NEXT?>>WELL, I THINK IT REALLY>>WELL, I THINK IT REALLY DEPENDS ON ONE PERSON AND THAT DEPENDS ON ONE PERSON AND THAT IS DONALD TRUMP. IS DONALD TRUMP. YESTERDAY YOU HAD SENATE YESTERDAY YOU HAD SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL GOING HUGH HEWITT SAYING HE WAS GOING HUGH HEWITT SAYING HE WAS UNCLEAR WHERE THE PRESIDENT UNCLEAR WHERE THE PRESIDENT STOOD ON THIS ISSUE. STOOD ON THIS ISSUE. I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF REPUBLICANS WHO PRIVATELY WANT REPUBLICANS WHO PRIVATELY WANT TO DO SOMETHING HERE, AND EVEN TO DO SOMETHING HERE, AND EVEN SAYING WE NEED TO LOOK AT SAYING WE NEED TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT LAWS. DIFFERENT LAWS. BUT NOTHING SIGNIFICANT WILL BUT NOTHING SIGNIFICANT WILL HAPPEN UNLESS THE PRESIDENT HAPPEN UNLESS THE PRESIDENT GIVES REPUBLICANS COVER ON THIS GIVES REPUBLICANS COVER ON THIS ISSUE. ISSUE. I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR AROUND IT, A LOT OF FEAR OF THE AROUND IT, A LOT OF FEAR OF THE NRA, A LOT OF FEAR OF WHAT COULD NRA, A LOT OF FEAR OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN AT THE BALLOT BOX WHICH HAPPEN AT THE BALLOT BOX WHICH IS ULTIMATELY WHEN THINGS MOVE IS ULTIMATELY WHEN THINGS MOVE OR DON’T MOVE IN WASHINGTON. OR DON’T MOVE IN WASHINGTON.>>MICHAEL, YOU WORKED IN>>MICHAEL, YOU WORKED IN CONGRESS. CONGRESS. DO YOU BELIEVE THE WALMART MOVE DO YOU BELIEVE THE WALMART MOVE AND THE LETTERS DOUG McMILLAN AND THE LETTERS DOUG McMILLAN SENT WILL HAVE ANY SORT OF SENT WILL HAVE ANY SORT OF IMPACT? IMPACT?>>I DO.>>I DO. THE POST IS WRONG. THE POST IS WRONG. THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN DO THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IS SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IS PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE HAS HAD THE RUG — THERE IS HE HAS HAD THE RUG — THERE IS NO EDUCATION IN THE SECOND KICK NO EDUCATION IN THE SECOND KICK OF A MULE. OF A MULE. HE HAS HAD THE RUG PULLED OUT HE HAS HAD THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM HIM BY PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM HIM BY PRESIDENT TRUMP BEFORE, HE IS NOT GOING TO PUT BEFORE, HE IS NOT GOING TO PUT HIS SENATORS, HIS MEMBERS HIS SENATORS, HIS MEMBERS THROUGH A TOUGH, DIVISIVE DEBATE THROUGH A TOUGH, DIVISIVE DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE WITHOUT A CLEAR ON THIS ISSUE WITHOUT A CLEAR SIGNAL FROM THE PRESIDENT ABOUT SIGNAL FROM THE PRESIDENT ABOUT WHAT HE WILL SIGN, AND THE WHAT HE WILL SIGN, AND THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO GIVE THAT PRESIDENT NEEDS TO GIVE THAT SIGNAL AND BE CONSISTENT ABOUT SIGNAL AND BE CONSISTENT ABOUT IT PUBLICLY BEFORE THE SENATE IS IT PUBLICLY BEFORE THE SENATE IS GOING TO ACT. GOING TO ACT.>>JOEL, WE LEARNED THAT THE>>JOEL, WE LEARNED THAT THE SHOOTER HAD GONE TO A PREVIOUS SHOOTER HAD GONE TO A PREVIOUS SALE TO GET HIS GUN. SALE TO GET HIS GUN. HE ESCAPED BACKGROUND CHECKS. HE ESCAPED BACKGROUND CHECKS. CLEARLY THERE ARE LOOPHOLES AND CLEARLY THERE ARE LOOPHOLES AND THEY’RE BEING USED. THEY’RE BEING USED.>>NO POLICY WILL BE FOOLPROOF,>>NO POLICY WILL BE FOOLPROOF, AND I DON’T THINK SECOND ADD AND I DON’T THINK SECOND ADD ADVOCATES FEEL THAT WAY. ADVOCATES FEEL THAT WAY. BUT CRITICAL MASS IS AROUND WE BUT CRITICAL MASS IS AROUND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. I LIKE TO PAY ATTENTION TO I LIKE TO PAY ATTENTION TO ATMOSPHERICS HERE. ATMOSPHERICS HERE. THE PRESIDENT DID SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT DID SOMETHING AFTER PARKLAND BECAUSE THE AFTER PARKLAND BECAUSE THE GROUND HAD CHANGED BENEATH HIS GROUND HAD CHANGED BENEATH HIS FEET. FEET. PEOPLE HAVE GROWN TIRED OF PEOPLE HAVE GROWN TIRED OF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND THEY’VE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND THEY’VE MOVED QUICKLY TO SICK AND TIRED. MOVED QUICKLY TO SICK AND TIRED. THAT’S WHY THE PRESIDENT HAS THAT’S WHY THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN WORKING WITH PEOPLE LIKE BEEN WORKING WITH PEOPLE LIKE CHRIS MURPHY OVER THE LAST CHRIS MURPHY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS, THAT’S WHY THIS SEVERAL WEEKS, THAT’S WHY THIS LATEST EFFORT HASN’T DIED YET, LATEST EFFORT HASN’T DIED YET, BECAUSE THERE IS ACTUAL MOMENTUM BECAUSE THERE IS ACTUAL MOMENTUM TO DO SOMETHING HERE. TO DO SOMETHING HERE. I THINK THE PEOPLE THAT MATTER, I THINK THE PEOPLE THAT MATTER, PEOPLE LIKE DONALD TRUMP AND PEOPLE LIKE DONALD TRUMP AND MITCH McCONNELL, YEARS AGO WOULD MITCH McCONNELL, YEARS AGO WOULD HAVE ALREADY SAID, NOTHING IS HAVE ALREADY SAID, NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN, THIS IS TIME GOING TO HAPPEN, THIS IS TIME FOR THIS DEBATE. FOR THIS DEBATE. THAT’S CHANGED. THAT’S CHANGED. THAT’S FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THAT’S FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED FRANKLY BECAUSE I THINK THE FRANKLY BECAUSE I THINK THE CULTURE WAR ON GUNS HAS BEEN WON CULTURE WAR ON GUNS HAS BEEN WON BY THE PROGRESSIVES. BY THE PROGRESSIVES. I THINK YOU’LL SEE SOMETHING I THINK YOU’LL SEE SOMETHING HERE VERY SHORTLY COMING OUT OF HERE VERY SHORTLY COMING OUT OF CONGRESS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS CONGRESS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO SUPPORT. GOING TO SUPPORT. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD PROJECT FROM THAT’S WHAT I WOULD PROJECT FROM WHAT’S GOING ON. WHAT’S GOING ON.>>ELISE, CALL ME NAIVE OR JUST>>ELISE, CALL ME NAIVE OR JUST A NERD FOR LIKING MATH, BUT THE A NERD FOR LIKING MATH, BUT THE LATEST QUINNIPIAC POLL SHOWS LATEST QUINNIPIAC POLL SHOWS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, 72% DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, 72% OF VOTERS, BELIEVE CONGRESS OF VOTERS, BELIEVE CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING TO REDUCE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. GUN VIOLENCE. AND IF 72% ISN’T A BIG ENOUGH AND IF 72% ISN’T A BIG ENOUGH NUMBER, 93% SAY THEY SUPPORT NUMBER, 93% SAY THEY SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. CAN THIS BE MOVED FROM A CAN THIS BE MOVED FROM A POLITICAL ISSUE AND SIMPLY BE POLITICAL ISSUE AND SIMPLY BE MADE A NATIONAL SAFETY ISSUE? MADE A NATIONAL SAFETY ISSUE?>>WELL, I THINK THE PUBLIC IS>>WELL, I THINK THE PUBLIC IS REFLECTING WHAT YOU SEE IN THOSE REFLECTING WHAT YOU SEE IN THOSE POLLS, THAT’S WHERE THE PUBLIC POLLS, THAT’S WHERE THE PUBLIC IS. IS. THEY WANT TO GO INTO STORES AND THEY WANT TO GO INTO STORES AND THEY WANT TO FEEL SAFE. THEY WANT TO FEEL SAFE. THAT’S WHY WALMART’S CEO MOVED THAT’S WHY WALMART’S CEO MOVED IN THAT DIRECTION. IN THAT DIRECTION. YOU HAVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR YOU HAVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR MOVING FORWARD WHEN THE MOVING FORWARD WHEN THE GOVERNMENT AND OUR LAWMAKERS ARE GOVERNMENT AND OUR LAWMAKERS ARE JUST STAGNANT. JUST STAGNANT. BUT TO GO BACK TO ECHO THE PANEL BUT TO GO BACK TO ECHO THE PANEL AND WHAT ANNA AND MICHAEL AND AND WHAT ANNA AND MICHAEL AND JOEL WERE SAYING, THIS IS REALLY JOEL WERE SAYING, THIS IS REALLY IN TRUMP’S COURT RIGHT NOW. IN TRUMP’S COURT RIGHT NOW. MITCH McCONNELL HAS NO INCENTIVE MITCH McCONNELL HAS NO INCENTIVE TO DO ANYTHING IF HE’S GOING TO TO DO ANYTHING IF HE’S GOING TO BE LEFT HIGH AND DRY, AND AS BE LEFT HIGH AND DRY, AND AS JOEL ALSO POINTED OUT, THERE JOEL ALSO POINTED OUT, THERE WASN’T A POLITICAL PENALTY FOR WASN’T A POLITICAL PENALTY FOR TRUMP MOVING TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. TRUMP MOVING TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. SO REALLY, WOULD THERE BE THAT SO REALLY, WOULD THERE BE THAT MUCH OF A PENALTY IF HE DID PASS MUCH OF A PENALTY IF HE DID PASS SOME COMMON SENSE GUN REFORM IN SOME COMMON SENSE GUN REFORM IN THE CASE OF BACKGROUND CHECKS THE CASE OF BACKGROUND CHECKS AND CLOSING PERSON-TO-PERSON AND CLOSING PERSON-TO-PERSON LOOPHOLES? LOOPHOLES? IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE MORE IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE MORE POLITICALLY RISKY FOR HIM TO POLITICALLY RISKY FOR HIM TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE, BUT CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE, BUT HE COULD CERTAINLY MOVE TO BAN HE COULD CERTAINLY MOVE TO BAN PERSON-TO-PERSON TRANSFERS. PERSON-TO-PERSON TRANSFERS.>>ANNA, CEOs MAKE DECISIONS>>ANNA, CEOs MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON MONEY. BASED ON MONEY. WHAT WILL HELP THEM MAKE MONEY, WHAT WILL HELP THEM MAKE MONEY, WHAT WILL HELP THEM LOSE MONEY? WHAT WILL HELP THEM LOSE MONEY? POLITICIANS MAKE DECISIONS ON POLITICIANS MAKE DECISIONS ON WHAT WILL GET THEM ELECTED AND WHAT WILL GET THEM ELECTED AND STAY IN OFFICE. STAY IN OFFICE. WHY IS IT THAT DOING SOMETHING WHY IS IT THAT DOING SOMETHING ON GUNS PROVES OR SEEMS TO BE SO ON GUNS PROVES OR SEEMS TO BE SO POLITICALLY RISKY FOR THESE POLITICALLY RISKY FOR THESE POLITICIANS WHEN EVERY DAY WE’RE POLITICIANS WHEN EVERY DAY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HOW THE NRA HAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THE NRA HAS LOST SOME OF ITS POWER? LOST SOME OF ITS POWER?>>I THINK THIS IS REALLY THE>>I THINK THIS IS REALLY THE QUESTION, IS THIS GOING TO BE QUESTION, IS THIS GOING TO BE THE TOP ISSUE WHERE VOTERS GO IN THE TOP ISSUE WHERE VOTERS GO IN AND VOTE ON THIS ISSUE? AND VOTE ON THIS ISSUE? ARE THEY GOING TO SEE A BACKLASH ARE THEY GOING TO SEE A BACKLASH AMONG REPUBLICANS, AMONG THEIR AMONG REPUBLICANS, AMONG THEIR VOTERS AND VOTE SOME OF THEM OUT VOTERS AND VOTE SOME OF THEM OUT OF OFFICE. OF OFFICE. YOU SEE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AND YOU SEE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AND OTHERS TRY TO MAKE THIS A BIG OTHERS TRY TO MAKE THIS A BIG ISSUE IN SOME OF THESE ELECTIONS ISSUE IN SOME OF THESE ELECTIONS AND THEY’VE HAD VERY LITTLE AND THEY’VE HAD VERY LITTLE SUCCESS. SUCCESS.>>MICHAEL BLOOMBERG GOT A LOT>>MICHAEL BLOOMBERG GOT A LOT OF SUCCESS IN THE MIDTERMS. OF SUCCESS IN THE MIDTERMS.>>NOT AT THE SENATE LEVEL, AND>>NOT AT THE SENATE LEVEL, AND I DO THINK THE BIG ISSUE AND I DO THINK THE BIG ISSUE AND WHAT IS FRUSTRATING AROUND THE WHAT IS FRUSTRATING AROUND THE COUNTRY IS WASHINGTON OFTEN COUNTRY IS WASHINGTON OFTEN DOESN’T GET THINGS DONE. DOESN’T GET THINGS DONE. IT IS MUCH EASIER TO STOP THINGS IT IS MUCH EASIER TO STOP THINGS THAN IT IS TO ACTUALLY GET THAN IT IS TO ACTUALLY GET THINGS DONE PARTICULARLY ON THINGS DONE PARTICULARLY ON CHARGED ISSUES LIKE THIS. CHARGED ISSUES LIKE THIS.>>I AGREE WITH ANNA’S POINT AND>>I AGREE WITH ANNA’S POINT AND THAT’S WHY I THINK IT’S NOTABLE THAT’S WHY I THINK IT’S NOTABLE IT HASN’T BEEN STOPPED YET. IT HASN’T BEEN STOPPED YET. NOBODY HAS COME OUT AND SAID NOBODY HAS COME OUT AND SAID NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND

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  1. I believe no I know it is time to ban going to wal mart they have no busy stop the sales of firearms or ammunition. I am NOT going to shop there anymore an I think it time for all American citizens to do like wise . Their is one way to get to the owners of wal mart attention don't shop there

  2. "Number of murder victims in the United States in 2017, by weapon" 7032 HANDGUN … 403 rifles … LOL
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/195325/murder-victims-in-the-us-by-weapon-used/

  3. Trump can't read a piece of legislation that why Moscow Mitch doesn't give anything to president Trump ! Trump gets embarrassed !

  4. This is GREAT now the local "guns and tackle" stores will re emerge. LOL MORE JOBS… BETTER GUNS.
    THANKS WALMART.. best thing to ever happen to gun sellers.

  5. I don't think Wal-Mart had no choice but to make this decision. One of the massive fatal shootings happen in one of their store.b

  6. Walmart DID NOTHING to protect their customers.

    Stop selling ammunition if you want, but what will Walmart do in terms of security measures at their stores?

    I will buy my ammo elsewhere, but for my other needs, I guess my conceal weapon will have to be my protection while I shop at Walmart.

  7. This is not a policy problem this is a a heart problem the media is trying to brainwash people into thanking the way they do

  8. "anti-gun ELITES"? Really? Calling people elites? If the corrupted officials do nothing, it's great that Walmart is taking steps to do what the people have been asking for……

  9. The republicans are and the Democrats are public servants. They have no business keeping their thoughts on gun violence private.

  10. Arbitrary bans are what cost Dems elections W and Trump. So Walmart is going to ban 223,556,& 762 because they are used in black rifles. Will they ban 8 and 7mm because they are used in WW2 replicas? Gun owners should never step in a Walmart again. No lives will be saved from this. This was cheap and easy for Walmart. Maybe corporate restriction of gun rights is the future. You won't hold Congress accountable for that.

  11. um how many of Walmarts guns have killed an innocent human, but Walmart didn't care so long as they got money, and now they want action taken….mmmmmm is this a "look at us the retail outlet that cares…." advertising campaign?

  12. You misquoted McConnell. What he really said was, "There is no education in the second kick of a mule. . . Unless it comes with Russian money! . . . Or NRA money. . . Oh wait, that is the same thing!"

  13. “Trump’s part” is allowing domestic abusers, felons, & sexual offenders to have access to guns – they’re people of HIS ilk. You know what, if Americans want to play dumb, they deserve the consequences of known criminals and miscreants having guns in their hands. I don’t want to hear the faux surprised news stories of school shootings, church shootings, store shootings. Idc. I’m tired of this garbage

  14. To the NRA: I know it's not in the Constitution, but in another document without which there never would have been a USA or the Constitution, there is this line about unalienable rights — and Mr. LaPierre you must have heard it because it is was in all the papers when you were a little boy in the 18th century, which is the paradise you want to take the country back to — "…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It goes on to say that governments are instituted among men to preserve these rights. (Nothing about gun ownership.) Now, let's see. If someone kills you and you are not protected by a government that doesn't even try to prevent it, you don't have Life. If someone kills you and you are not protected by a government that doesn't even try to prevent it, you don't have any Liberty or Freedom to do anything. And a dead person who was not protected from murder by the government really has trouble being Happy, unless your goal is to have every American dead and in heaven. Under your way of running the country, the American government would not fulfill its basic reasons for existing, namely to ensure the Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness of its citizens. Maybe the NRA leadership doesn't believe in those basic principles without which there would not be a USA or a Second Amendment. Would that be correct? Would the majority of your paying members agree? Or were Jefferson and the others just writing random meaningless words down in 1776, which we can blithely ignore in 2019? And if you feel we would be better off back in the 18th century, consider that there were no Zegna suits back then, nor resorts on islands with pink sand either. Actually, you could do some good by taking a trip to the Bahamas now, and helping the people there rebuild. And since the number of gun deaths there has nearly tripled in the last 20 years, you should feel right at home while you help out.

  15. NRA: ….other retailers who are more supportive of america's FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS. Fundamental freedoms by shooting innocent ppl at random in public places ? LOL.

  16. With apparently so many mass shootings in America, why is it that NRA members are never gunned down? Maybe they'd sing a different tune about safety.

  17. Now , walmart …you are on the right track ..so BRING BACK THE VIDEO GAMES
    YOU TOOK OFF YOUR SHELVES BECAUSE YOU BLAMED THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY!! .
    WALMART IS NOT FINISHED YET !! .
    PLUS GIVE YOUR EMPLOYEES THEIR PAY..YOUR A BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY..YOU BETTER BE WITH THE PUBLIC . ..WE MAKE YOU MONEY!! .

  18. Not having to fear getting shot in school, church, Walmart, at work, in the mall, on the highway, in the club… now that's Freedom.

  19. 93% in favour of universal background checks….

    Putin didn’t even get 93% of the vote when he was the only name on the ticket!!

    93% is as close to unanimous as you will ever see in a democracy.

    It can NOT be possible for the NRA to hold the influence they do. Even if the remaining 7% were all pro-NRA, anti-checks, they would still be massively outnumbered.

    So there is a single truth, and it’s no surprise, the NRA owns governors and congressman…

    The person you’ve voted for and sent to Congress, the candidate who was going to shake up the system… arrives in DC on day 1 and immediately gets his collar felt by the NRA

    There are only 1.5m NRA members… of a population of 350m+ and 150m+ voters…

    If it was a tv show with those ratings they’d be cancelled

  20. You can tell American democracy has truly died when 90% of the people have wanted stricter gun laws for years now, yet it will never happen until giant, multinational, corporations demand change. Our politicians don’t work for us. They work for their big donors. This makes it crystal clear.

  21. I have never been a fan of Wal-Mart but I applaud them for stepping up and challenging the government. Maybe it will take a large company like theirs to start a movement. They certainly have the money to take on the NRA.

    Of course they need to stop selling guns in all of their stores. I know they have in some stores.

  22. walmart doesnt care about anyone or pay people a living wage. And now they are anti 2nd amendment . local gun shops say thanks

  23. People forget the fundamental freedoms to life, liberty, the the pursuit of happiness. The right to bear arms should not destroy the right of another to live life. People can wield guns if they prove they are mentally sane and not killers. If someone shows homicidal tendencies, why give them a gun

  24. You SELL guns at a department store? People are allowed to waltz about like Rambo in those Department stores, malls, streets etc? Is that for real? Surely you're not serious? Oh you ARE serious? And … somehow your all OK with that, think that's any kind of normal? In fact the shocking news to you here is they are not going to do that anymore. (Shakes head in stunned disbelief and concludes) – no wonder America is f'ked. What kind or irresponsible, abnormal, insane society would ever, in a million years, allow any of that to go on in the first place? How backward & stupid can one country possibly be? Well, clearly you get what you deserve America. Next you'll be setting up gun sales in school cafeterias and at the local ice cream stand. And yet you all pretend to be shocked, horrified even, call it a tragedy when in fact it is the obvious result of what you put out there yourselves. A 5 year old could figure that out. But not Americans. Your own die by the truckloads BY your own ever single day and you cant figure out why. 40,000 die by guns a year, averaging one mass shooting, sometimes 2, every single day? And Its all just a total mystery to you? You say to yourselves, I dont know what we can do? Duh .! You are looking at regulating and even banning vaping, because 100 or so kids died from them BUT guns, nope .. guns are perfectly ok. Idiots!

  25. I think it's safe to say that if the El Paso shooting (and ensuing copycats) hadn't happened at Walmart, they wouldn't be trying to change a thing.

  26. Walmart is completely incapable of protecting anyone! How dare they “ask” people to set their personal protection aside! Walmart is a complete sell out commie lover!

  27. So now you’re looking to vote for someone that will break their oath of office. If you’re unhappy with this country and its constitution move out and take Walmart with you. Please!

  28. Trump and McConnell need to be careful when they get up in the dark to go pee, caz their wifes might think they are burgulars and shoot them with their rights to carry guns being so lax.

  29. Moscow Mitch is a worthless corrupt troll to dt.

    Legacy???

    What he has managed to do with all his corruption, is a disgrace.

    He and his wife are corrupt as well.

    He should be indicted.

    Hopefully, he will be defeated next year.

    Democratic candidate is outstanding!

  30. When people keep shooting your customers, it's got to be bad for business. It seems like a symbolic act but if it annoys the Russian infested treasonous NRA it's a good thing.

  31. I stopped shopping at the Evil Empire years ago.
    I may actually start shopping there again.
    But I expect that this will be short lived.

  32. Get it through your head's people. There is nothing you can do to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. You do not take guns from law-abiding citizens, who have a natural, God-given right to defend and protect oneself, and one's family and home. And "gun-violence" in America has been orchestrated to succeed in disarming American citizens, and for no other reason. Wake up.

  33. And don't say "public opinion" has changed. No, it hasn't. The silent majority in America has not changed at all. When push comes to shove, you will not take away guns from law-abiding citizens. Its the liberal media that try to make it appear as though the bulk of America has turned against guns. They have not. This is our Second Amendment right, and it always will be, as long as America stands.

  34. If you think that these gun restriction will provide long term safety, you are living an illusion and are to wake up to a hard reality. In PR the gun laws are very restrictive. Every legal gun are required to be registered by the police. You can only buy ammo for the gun you own, no other calibers. You know what every night there are a few shooting. I don't know how but criminals get they guns easily, and plenty of ammo, must of their guns are illegally modified. But that is the reality of gun control

  35. When a politician or any person says, "something needs to be done" that means: we have no idea what is needed, but we need to do something for the people eyes. Problem is that most of the time the solution is worst than the problem

  36. Your projection is incorrect. Look at every last shooting and apply that same logic and standard and lets talk numbers. Horrible argument for Trump. He doesn't care if people die and that's reality.

  37. Start publishing the name and address of the gun shop or private seller who sold the mass shooter his weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. It won't stop them from doing it, but it will make responsible people think twice about selling someone an assault weapon and thousands of rounds.

    They can have their 2nd Amendment freedoms, but freedoms have consequences. If they make a big mistake and enable a mass shooting, they should suffer the consequences of that mistake

  38. THANK U WALMART FOR AHEAD !!! THEY GOT MY VOTE & MY MONEY 4 — LIFE( N R A MAKING MY POINT. FOR ME BY THIER'S STATEMENT ABOUT WALMART!!!!!! MCCONNELL + TRUMP. (( THINK ABOUT WE CAN USE OUR'S VOTES FOR REMOVING ANYONE ((( R ))) THAN USE OUR'S MONEY BY NOT GOING

  39. So what you say, NRA, who do you think you are?? We are family out here and don't want murderous weapons which you make profit on in our stores for the public to freely buy and keeps killing our people. Get rid of your guns!!

  40. Congratulations Walmart. Way before Australia's last mass shooting K Mart Australia stopped selling guns and ammunition. It did not hurt overall sales at all.when the Hobart mass shooting occurred all guns and ammunition were controlled and a gun buy back successfully reduced guns in public hands and gun violence was just about squashed. Wake up America.

  41. NOTICE TO THE NRA: California has just condemed and declared legaly that the NRA is a terrorist org. and will be treated as such. many more states to follow. 6 sept 2019

  42. BS… McConnell is denying the country that debate. He is a weenie. And this analysis that supports McConnell is wrong headed. Focusing on this issue alone misses how McConnell is doing this with over 100 bills. He has handed the country to Trump.

  43. Why Walmart might be committing suicide;
    How's this for a crazy idea; Conspire to convince a sympathetic major corporation who opposes and perhaps hates Donald Trump and his supporters. One that employs millions of Americans and if it shuts it's doors after laying off all of it's American employees triggering an economical collapse to be blamed on Trump to prevent him from being reelected. How hard would it be for that company initiate that event by alienating it's base of revenue and fall on it's sword for the cause of stopping Trump? (Does that sound to crazy to you?)

  44. None of these clowns will state the obvious: these public spectacles are staged events cynically designed attack our rights. The "debate" was settled more than 220 years ago. Our rights are natural and unalienable. Our rights were not granted by government, nor can they be repealed or regulated by government, In fact, government's sole purpose is to defend our rights. CONGRESS HAS NO LAWFUL POWER to enact any legislation that infringes upon our rights. Wal*Mart and similar companies can join the scrap heap of history for their insistence upon unconstitutional action. They are enemies of America.

  45. When Walmart goes for morals over profits. It is shameful that Donnie's hate cult has less values than the marketplace monolith.

  46. What a joke all these clueless leftist that live in these soft bubbles.Pushing for legislation on topics they know nothing about. Has people in the left continue to eat themselves they push moderates like me to the right and that is why Trump will in 20 20if you all want to start f**** around with the second amendment because you are afraid watching the news in your safe spaces and your soft livesmost of you probably had never even came close to needing to protect yourselves you push for that will enslave your children and your grandchildren in a vein very short-sighted attempt to try and make them safer

  47. You're also gullible we may as well just throw out the entire Bill of rightsif we're going to let fear and a few news cycles scare us into not abiding by them two-thirds of both houses three fourths of all states that's what you need to get what you actually want but you will never get that 😂

  48. only bad guys are allowed to have guns at Walmart, no military and vets are not allowed to carry guns, u wasted your time fighting for this country for 2nd amendments ,and lots of u died over sea for nothing!

  49. This just in: WalMart CEO Doug McMillan, taking note on the statistics that say you are 159 times more likely to be killed as a pedestrian by an automobile, than as a victim of a mass shooting, announced a new corporate policy on Tuesday. Going forward, WalMart stores will no longer provide automotive repair service. After current inventories of car parts are sold out, no further inventory will be re-ordered, soon to be followed by laying off all auto mechanics. In a related move, no driver under 21 will be allowed to park in WalMart parking lots. "We're going to get a handle on these machines of death," said McMillan in the corporate memo. "Since solving gun crime with our recent changes, automobile deaths just seemed the next logical step."

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