Back-to-school gun display at Walmart sparks outrage

Angelica Greene
August 12, 2017

Walmart has issued an apology after a photo surfaced on social media showing an in-store display saying "Own the school year like a hero" over a gun display, though the company is still investigating the authenticity of the image. Crowson did admit that the display was consistent with the store's back-to-school themes and campaign, and added that the image going around was the only one of it's kind.

Leeanna May told the Post she took the photo and that she was in Evansville when she did it.

"What's seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores", a Wal-Mart spokesperson told CNBC in a statement. "We're very sorry and checking into how this could have happened".

There seemed to be some confusion within the company's management, however, as Walmart initially identified a store in Evansville, Ind., as the source of the photographed display, Huff Post reported.

"There was some miscommunication between our social media team and the store", said Crowson, explaining the errant tweet.

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This morning, Walmart issued a statement and apologized for the display saying it was a "truly terrible".

"We have already lost so many innocent lives to guns", she said.

May said that she made her concerns known to store employees but was unable to find a manager. "... People don't seem to honestly care".

The photo has been making the rounds on social media, drawing comments of outrage and mentions of school shootings.

The retailer also drew fire previous year before September 11 when a store in Panama City Beach, Florida used Coca-Cola products to build two towers signifying the World Trade Center. A banner reading "We will never forget" hung above it.

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