Wal-Mart Drops Gun Sales at Select Stores

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Wal-Mart protest photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/walmartmovieThis is a good one...

Wal-Mart, the largest seller of rifles and shotguns in the United States, has announced that it will stop carrying firearms in about one-third of its stores, essentially those where there's not much of a market.

The chain, most likely trying to match some of the appeals of Target, recently opened a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Plano, Texas, an upscale suburb of Dallas, where it offers microwbrews, sushi and coffee. This is the kind of market where guns apparently don't really fit into the picture. (Yes, even in Texas!)

I've always considered Wal-Mart hypocritical for selling guns but not explicit-labeled CDs (edited versions are offered instead). Additionally Wal-Mart does not carry FXM or Maxim, but does stock R-rated movies. Strange country values...

The National Rifle Association isn't too pleased with the gun decision, worried that rural areas that only have a Wal-Mart might be cut off from gun access! Heaven forbid someone might actually have to drive 30 minutes or even an hour to purchase a firearm! But even in all seriousness, their concern is unwarranted, mainly because these are the areas where Wal-Mart will continue to sell guns (unless they completely discontinue them chain-wide, which I doubt). Furthermore, if for some bizarre reason Wal-Mart were to end gun sales where there is a demand, some mom-and-pop store would take over.

The United States and firearms... Always a fun topic.

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It is hilarious, and since I live in Canada where you can hardly even buy beer at the corner store, it seems just that much more outrageous. Michael Moore enjoyed making a hullaballoo about the nine million or so guns that he claimed were in Canada, but he severely distorted the reality. I have lived here my whole life, almost 36 years, and the only person I have ever known who owned a gun is a friend of ours who was a police officer

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