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Walmart Worker Asks 1000s of Fellow Employees to ‘Sick Out’ over Gun Sales

373812 02: Guns for sale at a Wal-Mart, July 19, 2000. Wal-Mart and one of their chief spokespeople, Rosie O''Donnell, are at odds over the issue of guns and whether they should be available at chain stores. (Photo by Newsmakers)
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AWR HAWKINS7 Aug 20192122:08

A worker at Walmart corporate is asking thousands of fellow employees to take part in an organized “sick out” over the retail giant’s gun and ammo sales.

CNN reports that Thomas Marshall, one of three employees organizing the walkout, sent a message on a Slack and email chain “that included about 20,000 people.”

The message said:

In light of recent events, and in response to Corporate’s inaction, we are organizing a “sick out” general strike to protest Walmart’s profit from the sale of guns. Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first, and we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21 and removed products resembling assault-style rifles from its inventory. Walmart is still, however, the single largest retailer of firearms in the United States.

Marshall’s message also said, “We have made great strides already, but now we must organize to shape this company into a place we can all be proud of. As associates, we have the power, ability, and opportunity to change this company for the better.”

NBC News reports that Marshall’s message encouraged employees “to call in sick Tuesday … and take part in a walkout Wednesday.”

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Another Walmart employee is urging those who cannot participate in the “sick out” to wear black that day in solidarity with those who can.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at

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