12 Apr 2015

GOA Responds to Church Attempting to Disarm Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart, the largest gun retailer in America, is awaiting a court ruling to decide if it can continue to sell firearms even though a number of its investors don’t want it to.
In November, members of the Trinity Wall Street Church in New York won their case against Wal-Mart. The church, which owns 3,500 shares in Wal-Mart, said that gun sales violated the company’s promise to uphold community and family values.  The retail giant will soon have its appeal heard at the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
Gun rights activists are concerned that such a ruling will allow gun control to pursue measures through corporate policy, rather than trying to pass restrictions into law.

“Implications of the decision are already being felt in a wide variety of areas, like shareholders who want companies to divest in Israel or shareholders who wanted, prior to a few days ago, to invest in Indiana,” said Michael Hammond, who serves as legislative council for the organization Gun Owners of America (GOA).

Hammond concluded: “It’s sort of an ongoing effort by people who have been unable to use the political process to achieve political ends and are now trying to destroy corporations in order to achieve those political ends.”
Wal-Mart is concerned about the precedent of allowing shareholders to regulate decisions on hundreds of thousands of products. Today it may be guns, tomorrow it could products from states that have laws they disagree with. Once started, it is a slippery slope.
“Trinity’s proposal would interfere with Walmart’s ordinary business operations by seeking to regulate Walmart’s daily decisions on the hundreds of thousands of products sold in our stores, wholesale warehouse clubs and online,” said Randy Hargrove, Wal-Mart spokesperson.
“Now and in the future, Trinity’s pastoral mission will maintain its focus on issues that the parish believes are critical to the welfare of communities and society, under the broad umbrella of justice and fairness that our faith represents,” wrote Reverend James H. Cooper of Trinity Wall Street Church.
But whose family values is Mr. Cooper speaking of? Mr. Hammond of GOA was quick to point out that Trinity’s idea of family values shouldn’t be applied nationally.


  1. Well someone needs to study that church and ensure that THEY are living by the standards they use to judge others.
    Precisely How do they DEFINE "community and family values"
    Precisely how does that "church" uphold them? Their "clergy"?
    I bet one could open a WHOLE CAN of WORMS with that.

  2. If this church wants to dictate corporate policy they can buy enough shares to have a controlling interest in the company so they can put board members in place to push their agenda.

    WalMart's decision to sell guns for hunting and self defense is perfectly consistent with millions of Americans' ideas of community and family values. This is clearly a decision by an activist anti-second amendment and anti-constitution and anti-freedom court.

    If their decision stands what does Walmart have to do, add an explicit statement that its THEIR OWN interpretation of their polices that counts? Or just delete this commitments altogether so they can run their business as the directors see fit.

    If the courts uphold this ruling its counts as an unconstitutional taking by the state.

  3. Sell your f#$^&ng stock if you don't agree with the invested companies policy! Is 3,500 shares anywhere close to owning 51% of Wal-Mart? I would think not.. Stupid ruling.