A Bushmaster rifle, similar to the one Adam Lanza used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, has been pulled from Walmart’s website.
The Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine M4A3 Rifle is no longer listed on Walmart.com. The photo above is a view of the gun cached on Google.
While this may not be the exact assault rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill the 20 children and 6 adults at the school in Newtown, CT., assumably it was similar enough that Walmart decided to pull it from their website.
Walmart has not issued a press release about the product removal, but one can only assume that the company did this out of respect for the grieving families in Connecticut and perhaps as a sign that gun violence is not tolerated.
The Bushmaster rifle removed from the Walmart site was sold only in stores. The product was removed from the site at some point on Friday afternoon, hours after the Sandy Hook School massacre.
According to The Nation, Walmart expanded their stock of guns to 1,750 stores nationwide in 2011, with the FBI receiving 16.4 million background checks due to the sale of the guns. That number is up to 16.8 million in 2012, making Walmart “the biggest seller of firearms and ammunition in America.”
Will removing one gun from Walmart’s inventory change things when it comes to mass shootings like the one in Connecticut? No, but it’s a move that shows respect, unlike sporting-goods store, Cabela’s, who is still displaying a similar Bushmaster rifle on their site.
Gun control has undoubtedly become a big issue after the Connecticut shootings. The NRA, typically very vocal, has remained silent about the issue since Friday.
The National Rifle Association’s Facebook page was disabled and their Twitter account shows no tweets since Thursday afternoon, one day prior to Adam Lanza’s shooting spree.
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