Parkland student rips Walmart decision to pull violent video game displays: 'Pure stupidity'

Parkland student rips Walmart decision to pull violent video game displays: 'Pure stupidity'

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and "March for Our Lives" co-founder Cameron Kasky hit Walmart on Friday over its decision to pull violent video game displays in response to shootings at its stores.

"This is the conceptual equivalent to the Sultan of Brunei imprisoning gay people in rainbow cells to show his support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Pure stupidity. Shame on Walmart," Kasky wrote on Twitter.

Walmart announced this week that it plans to temporarily remove displays advertising violent video games following two shootings in its stores in recent weeks. A mass shooting over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, left 22 dead and dozens injured.

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The retail giant said its decision was out of respect for the victims and their families.

Two people were killed in a separate Walmart shooting in Mississippi last Tuesday. And on Thursday night, police in Missouri say they arrested a man who allegedly showed up at a Walmart wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a loaded rifle. 

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Earlier this week, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), pushed back on those linking video games to shootings. Officials noted that video games are played around the world, but said mass shootings only occur at such a high frequency in the United States.

“More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide. Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S.,” ESA said in a statement.

They also noted that “numerous scientific studies have established that there is no causal connection between video games and violence."

Kasky's comparison to the sultan of Brunei references the country's ban on homosexuality, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison in the nation. 

Earlier this year, Brunei said it would make gay sex punishable with death by stoning. Brunei reversed its decision and said the death penalty would not be included in the country's new criminal code after facing outrage from around the world.