"Gun control is able to hit your target," reads a T-shirt on Walmart.com.
The letters are white typewriter fonts, and there are large, red cross chairs behind them. T-shirts like this, which were sold by third-party vendors on Walmart's website, triggered setbacks.
It is the latest public call against the store, after two shootings recently took place at one of the country's major gun sellers. The shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 22 dead and dozens more injured came just days after two store employees were shot at a Walmart in Mississippi.
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Since the exchange of gunfire, Walmart stores around the country have been fighting against Internet hoops designed to lubricate their brand, and threats from people who carry guns. A man in Springfield, Missouri, tried to get into a Walmart while heavily armed during a "social experiment" Thursday; A North Carolina man threatened Walmart shoppers with a pellet gun Monday.
The shirt that triggered Monday's call was from a third-party vendor on the Walmart website. It shows a checklist of two items: "victim" and "gun owner," Bloomberg reported. There is a check mark next to "pistols."
Other retailers, including Amazon, and individuals on Etsy sell similar pro-gun clothing online. But people thought Walmart's offer was particularly offensive in light of the recent gun deaths in their own stores. Walmart refused to tell The Washington Post what part of the profits it derives from shirt sales.
(Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Post.)
On Twitter, some people reacted to the image with disdain, while others said they did not see what the problem was.
"Beyond comment," author Kurt Eichenwald tweeted about the shirt-owner-or-victim shirt. "@Walmart finds problems with video game signage. But not guns. And not this one."
"It's a 100% accurate shirt," said another.
On Monday afternoon, the shirt was removed from the Walmart website.
Other wet-related shirts are from third-party vendors and have different messages. A long-sleeved shirt from Old Glory, the same vendor that sells the crosshairs shirt, has an overview of the interconnected United States, full of weapons and a large red slash across the top of it, and is called "Gun Control in America Mens Long Sleeve." Another shirt, from a vendor called J2 Sport, says "I'm begging the other one," with a photo of the firearm on the front.
But the most controversial item is what seems to be condoling or promoting firearms.
"We have a policy that prohibits trade in glorifying violence," said Ravi Jariwala, a spokesman for Walmart, The Post, "and we are continually reviewing our selection to remove items as needed."