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Poll results: Tragedy in the store

Society has a shooting problem, is there anything a retailer can do?

BY HBSDealer Staff

A Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, made headlines for an horrific reason – a shooting spree that killed 22 people.

The problem of violence in society is not one that the retail industry is designed or equipped to address. But the issues of gun control, gun sales and violence prevention have been thrust into the retailer’s purview by recent events.

HBSDealer asked: “Given the recent spate of gun violence – especially in a retail setting – has your business taken any steps to mitigate potential eruptions of workplace-related tragedy?” After about 150 votes, here’s the breakdown:

  • No, 77%
  • Yes, 23%

The poll elicited the following comment:

“There is a tremendous amount we can do. 1. Stop selling guns. And if you won’t do that, at least take a good hard look at the kind you sell. 2. Demand stricter gun laws – exercise your right as an American citizen to expect action for those we put in office.”

— G.Schaefer

The poll remains open on the right side of this page (or scroll down your mobile device). As always, HBSDealer also invites your extended comments. Just click on the “Comments” link below.

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