Alyssa Milano reacts to El Paso shooting by calling on Walmart to stop selling guns – Washington Examiner
Actress Alyssa Milano said Walmart should stop selling guns hours after a deadly shooting in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
“Hey, @Walmart!” Milano tweeted. “This would be a great opportunity for you to take a true leadership position and stop selling guns.”
Walmart has drastically reduced the amount of available firearms to customers over the years. In 2015, Walmart said they ceased all sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15, and in 2018 raised the age of firearm and ammunition sales from 18 to 21. The company still offers some extent of firearms, including shotguns, BB guns, and pellet guns. The company in 2006 also ceased all firearm sales in a third of its stores at the time, according to the Associated Press.
Officials said 20 people were killed from the shooting Saturday, and more than two dozen others were injured. A law enforcement source told the Washington Examiner that 21-year-old Patrick Crusius was taken into custody, but police have not identified the suspect other than to say he is a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas. Police also have not confirmed what type of weapon was used.
Milano was replying to Walmart’s Twitter account, which expressed shock at the events and tweeted out their condolences, saying they would work closely with law enforcement. Her tweet demanding the company stop firearm sales was Milano’s first tweet on the shooting, having retweeted three different tweets either discussing response or denouncing the National Rifle Association.
Her second tweet targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, for not bringing up H.R. 8 in the Senate. The bill, named the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, would enact sweeping background checks to firearm purchases, preventing those who fail them from acquiring firearms through legal means. Her tweet also contained the #NoRA tag associated with opposition to the NRA’s lobbying and influence in Congress.
“THIRD MASS SHOOTING THIS WEEK. BETWEEN 15-20 SHOT IN TODAY’S SHOOTING AND MCCONNELL WON’T BRING #HR8 UP FOR A VOTE,” Milano tweeted. “Tell me again how the @GOP is “pro-life” when they won’t vote for a bill-that already passed the house-which would make the country safer from gun violence. #NoRA.”
THIRD MASS SHOOTING THIS WEEK. BETWEEN 15-20 SHOT IN TODAY’S SHOOTING AND MCCONNELL WON’T BRING #HR8 UP FOR A VOTE.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 3, 2019
Milano is a vocal activist on social media, promoting the #MeToo movement as well as advocating for a sex strike this year to protest Georgia’s recent controversial abortion law.
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