Last year, as I chronicled, Walmart stores had at least 54 shootings on their properties, plus at least 24 other non-shooting gun crimes.
This year they are going to blow that number out of the water.
As of yesterday, October 2, Walmart surpassed the number of shootings from last year. The 55th and 56th shootings this year were an accidental shooting in a Connecticut Walmart by a legal conceal handgun carrier (one of at least 14 incidents by legal carriers since I started this blog, 10 of which have been this year!), and a suicide at a Montana Walmart by a man who had just purchased his shotgun there. Wow.
As I post at the running list of Walmart shootings, so far this year, there have been 56 shootings, with 19 dead and 31 injured.
Additionally, non-shooting incidents this year have included 49 armed robberies with guns, 12 incidents of guns and ammo stolen, and one plotted mass shooting. That's twice the number I found last year!
There have also been four suicides (including one murder/suicide).
There are three months more to go in 2013. With 1-2 shootings a week, now, that means that the number of shootings is likely to be around 65 this year. We'll see....
You would think incidents like these would get Walmart to re-think its policies on allowing conceal carry in its stores and continuing to sell guns, and maybe actually DO something to reduce gun deaths, like patrol more of their parking lots.
But profits come first, I guess, above the safety of their employees and customers.
Sign THIS petition today, to urge them to change.
Walmart, how many shootings does it take for you to change??
This is why their logo should say:
Walmart. Save money. Die faster.