Tell Walmart to stop selling firearms
In America, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has demanded that Walmart (the parent company of Asda Superstores) stop selling Crickett Firearms in its stores. The group stated that Walmart had marketed the firearms to very young children using the tag line “My First Rifle”. The guns were said to be brightly coloured to make them look like toys.
The Coalition, which is made up of 47 national organisations campaigning to reduce gun violence, released shocking gun violence statistics in its press release including a quote from USA Today in January 2014 that “20 children and teens are hospitalised every day for gun injuries in the United States.” It was also reported that U.S. children and teens were 17 times more likely to die from a gun than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined.
According to a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Firearm injuries are often fatal—there are few second chances. Young children are curious, and are often unable to remember or follow safety rules. Older children and teens naturally tend to be moody and impulsive. When you combine these traits with access to guns, the consequences can be tragic and permanent.”
In its Global Responsibility Report 2013, Walmart boasted that it was “proud of what we’ve accomplished so far on our journey to become a more…responsible business.” However the Coalition have questioned how it can be a responsible business when it is marketing weapons to young children, particularly in a country where children suffer such a high rate of gun death.
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