Walmart removing violent video game displays following shootings

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A memo was sent to employees asking them to remove the displays

An employee crosses into the crime scene following a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

(WKBN) – Walmart confirmed to USA Today that it sent a memo to employees asking them to remove violent video game displays from stores.

According to an image of the memo that has appeared on social media sites, employees are to take “immediate action” to remove marketing materials that contain “violent themes or aggressive behavior.”

Walmart spokesperson Tara House told USA Today that the retailer is taking the steps out of respect for “the incidents of the past week.”

Employees were also ordered to turn off hunting season videos in the sporting goods department.

House said the recent directives are not part of long-term changes.

A gunman opened fire last weekend inside a Walmart store in El Paso, killing 22 people. On Thursday, a man was arrested outside a store in Missouri dressed in body armor and carrying a rifle.

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