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AFT Pres Weingarten Tells Walmart ‘Stop Selling Guns’

August 18, 2019

By Joe Levine

WASHINGTON, DC – AFT President Randi Weingarten Tells Walmart to stop selling guns or “we’ll stop shopping in your stores”.

Weingarten sent a strong letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on August 7th with a clear message. “Walmart has millions of customers and they all should feel safe while shopping,” said the AFT President  after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic weapon slaughtered 22 people in an El Paso Texas Walmart.

“If you choose to act, it could change our national conversation in an instant. And if Walmart continues to provide funding to lawmakers who are standing in the way of gun reforms, teachers and students should reconsider doing their back-to-school shopping at your stores, ” said Weingarten – urging Walmart to take a leadership position and be “part of the solution.”

Weingarten and the National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia,  have been leading a national crusade for tougher gun controls. Their positions include bans on semi-automatic weapons, universal background checks, and passing of “red flag” laws.

Although Walmart has resisted calls to halt  arms sales  Weingarten has put Walmart on notice. The AFT has 1.6 million members and NEA has double that. According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation in 2018,  teachers spent $200 million worth of school supplies.

WASHINGTON, DC – AFT President Randi Weingarten Tells Walmart to stop selling guns or we’ll stop shopping in your stores.

Weingarten sent a strong letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on August 7th with a clear message. “Walmart has millions of customers and they all should feel safe while shopping,” said the AFT President  after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic weapon slaughtered 22 people in an El Paso Texas Walmart.

“If you choose to act, it could change our national conversation in an instant. And if Walmart continues to provide funding to lawmakers who are standing in the way of gun reforms, teachers and students should reconsider doing their back-to-school shopping at your stores.” Weingarten is urging Walmart to take a leadership position and be “part of the solution.”

Weingarten and the National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia,  have been leading a national crusade for tougher gun controls. Their positions include bans on semi-automatic weapons, universal background checks, and passing of “red flag” laws.

Although Walmart has resisted calls to halt  arms sales  Weingarten has put Walmart on notice. The AFT has 1.6 million members and NEA has double that. According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation in 2018,  teachers spent $200 million worth of school supplies.

August 18, 2019

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