Target: Walmart CEO Michael Duke
Goal: Convince Walmart executives to discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition in their stores.
Every bullet sold has the potential to take a human life. Walmart is the world’s largest corporation, with annual sales last at $218 billion; Walmart does not need ammo sales to ensure its success. We must call upon Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition, to protect its customers.
It’s not necessary to provide evidence that an easily-accessible bullet can easily end a life. However there have been numerous well-accounted-for instances where Walmart has played a role in the deaths of American citizens. On August 27, 1999, Bryan Midgette was arrested for abusing his wife, Marsha. She placed a restraining order on him, but despite this, Bryan tracked Marsha down three days later at the Walmart in Pottstown, Pennsylvania where she worked. He purchased bullets for his .22 caliber handgun in the store, then chased Marsha through the aisles and shot her before killing himself. Marsha survived, but with severe brain damage.
On May 22, 2001, Laura Gassaway entered a Walmart in Rockford, Illinois and tried to purchase bullets for her handgun. The clerk refused to sell to her because she did not have her state firearm ID card, so Laura began to shoplift random items off the shelves until security officers apprehended her. The security officers called the police and took Laura to the back of the store. There, she pulled a handgun from her purse and shot three security guards before police burst in and killed her.
During an argument with his estranged wife on July 31, 2001, John VanGraafeiland threatened to go to Wal-Mart, buy bullets and kill himself. Police warned the two local Wal-Mart’s in Wilmington, North Carolina not to sell bullets to the man, but no one told the clerk selling the ammunition. After purchasing the bullets, VanGraafeiland killed himself in his car in the Walmart parking lot. Walmart eventually paid VanGraafeiland’s family $130,000 for negligence.
Walmart’s slogan is, “We’re nothing without our customers.” However, it seems Walmart’s handgun ammunition sales has led to the violent loss of some of its customers. Bullets have no place at Walmart, and we must demand that this corporation halt handgun ammunition sales.
Dear CEO Michael Duke,
Walmart is the largest company in the world, and as such, does not need handgun ammunition to bring in revenue. We ask that Walmart discontinue handgun ammo sales in its stores, in order to protect the customers it claims to be “nothing without.”
Walmart bullets have precipitated the deaths of Laura Gassaway, Bryan Midgette, and John VanGraafeiland to name just a few. Walmart’s involvement in these deaths is not just inappropriate, but downright deplorable. Please protect your consumers and remove handgun ammunition from Walmart’s inventory.
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