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Mark Gongloff

Walmart Puts Our Government to Shame on Guns

Companies are bucking Trump and Congress because doing the right thing is better for business.

Beyond thoughts and prayers, Walmart is doing something about guns.

Beyond thoughts and prayers, Walmart is doing something about guns.

Photographer: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

By one count, there have been 30 mass shootings in America since President Donald Trump took office. During that time, the Republican-controlled government hasn’t lifted a finger to end the carnage. Walmart Inc., of all things, has stepped into the breach.

The big-box behemoth – whose stores have suffered two mass shootings since last November – yesterday said it would curb some ammo sales and asked people not to openly carry guns in its stores. Four years ago, it also stopped selling assault-style rifles. These may not be monumental moves, but they will impact gun sales, other retailers and perhaps the national conversation on guns, writes Sarah Halzack. Walmart has bucked Trump and Republicans in Congress to do the right thing for the country.