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But first, a major shift in social policy that every American ought to be paying attention to. Yesterday, Walmart, which is the world’s largest retailer, announced that it is taking sides in the gun debate. The company says it will no longer sell handgun ammunition in its stores. Nor, Walmart says, will it stock common rifle rounds that, quote, “can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons.”
And then the company went even further than that. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon issued a strident statement calling on congress to ban many semi-automatic rifles, as well as to seize firearms from Americans who have not been convicted of a crime, or even charged with one. For a company that operates primarily in rural America, it was a big step. How do rural Americans feel about it? We can only guess. There’s not a lot of polling going on in Two Dot, Montana or Roxbury, Maine. But we do know that in the most expensive parts of New York City, Washington and Los Angeles, all the smart people were deeply impressed. They love Walmart now:
REP DONNA EDWARDS: You know good for Walmart for doing this... These are weapons of war.
DON LEMON: Maybe what’s happening here is that Walmart is listening to its own customers and listening to the American people who want changes not just in the stores, but in society.
RUTH MARCUS, WAPO: You have a business acting in a more enlightened and more agile way than government does.
NICOLLE WALLACE: At least Walmart today announced new action, insisting that the status quo is unacceptable.
ANDREW SORKIN: I was surprised. Happily surprised and I think this is a momentous moments and a watershed moment.
It’s a fascinating turnaround. For years, you’ll remember, Walmart was the target of coordinated attacks from the left. Progressives accused the company of destroying small towns, and of exploiting workers. Walmart hired PR consultants and union busters to push back, but the company never really changed the way it does business. Yet, somehow, the left mostly stopped attacking them. How’d that happen? Simple: liberals got rich and lost interest in economics. Walmart, meanwhile, figured out that it could buy immunity from criticism by mouthing leftwing pieties. That’s all it takes: sounding woke. Notice that Walmart plans to sell the remainder of its AR-15 ammo. So this couldn’t really be about saving lives. It’s about the money, and only about the money. That’s not a surprise. There’s a lot at stake. By revenue, Walmart is the largest company in the world. The Walton family is the richest in the country. Collectively they’re worth more than a hundred and fifty billion dollars. How did they get so rich? By selling foreign goods to domestic consumers: Cheap Chinese garbage, manufactured in offshore factories paying slave wages — wages that American manufacturers could never match. According to one study, from 2001 to 2013, America lost 400,000 jobs thanks to Walmart’s reliance on Chinese imports. It shows...
None of this was an accident. At times, Walmart sold goods at a loss, just long enough to drive American competitors out of business completely. Smaller retail shops and the jobs they provided vanished. Suddenly, in many places, Walmart was one of the few remaining employers. One and a half million Americans now work there at any given time. It’s definitely not an improvement over what we had before. In 2005, 20 percent of Walmart employees worked part-time. Today, the majority do. It’s the simple cruelty of math: If Walmart keeps employees’ hours low enough, it can avoid paying benefits. Can people really live like that? Not for long. Walmart knows that. They also know that the federal government — which is to say, taxpayers like you — will subsidize their low wages with generous welfare benefits. In other words, you’re working so that the Walton family won’t have to pay their employees enough to live. That’s true.
So to restate what just happened: the company more responsible than any other for destroying and degrading rural America — for making our towns uglier and cheaper and poorer — the same people who push the appalling lie that brightly-colored plastic crap from China is going to us happy — that company is now lecturing normal Americans — the very Americans they’ve hurt so badly— about how immoral they are for daring to protect themselves with firearms. And everyone in Washington, New York and LA is applauding them as they do it. It’s not a good sign.