Walmart Responds and Epstein Found Dead

Grind for August 13th
“Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.”

– Winston Churchill


The Headline

Walmart removes “violent signage” but continues selling guns

The Grind

In the wake of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the company is instructing all employees to temporarily remove or turn off all displays that “contain violent images or aggressive behavior.”

This includes video games demos, hunting videos, and any signage that references combat.

“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week,” says Walmart spokeswoman Tara House. “And this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment.”

The Details

Ironically, Walmart will continue to sell firearms.

Walmart stopped selling assault-style rifles in 2015 after the Sandy Hook shooting, but continues to sell other types of guns despite pressure not to.

On Monday, an employee in California sent a mass email to workers calling for a strike until Walmart decides to stop selling guns.

In a Facebook post the following day, Walmart executive Doug McMillon said the company would “work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso” and “will act in a way that reflects the best values and ideals of our company, with a focus on serving the needs of our customers, associates, and communities.”

Serves You Right

The Headline

Jeffrey Epstein dies in Manhattan jail

The Grind

Longtime sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his prison cell Saturday, one day after the release of legal documents that may have incriminated several of his associates.

The FBI has launched an investigation to determine the cause of Epstein’s death, but the marks on his neck suggest suicide.

Attorney General William Barr has also called for an investigation.

The Background

Epstein, 66, was arrested in early July and charged with sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking conspiracy. Epstein pleaded guilty to similar crimes in 2007, but was released from prison 13 months later as part of a suspicious plea deal.

Epstein’s attorneys say he ran a “network and operation” that allowed him to abuse dozens of underage girls. Much of the abuse is believed to have occurred on his private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express.”

Bill Clinton rode on the jet at least 26 times during the period outlined in Epstein’s indictment.

The Takeaway

At the time of his death, Epstein was being held in a Manhattan jail without bail and was facing up to 45 years in prison.

Epstein had been on suicide watch following an incident in mid-July, when he was found unconscious with marks on his neck. He was removed from the watch one week later after a psychiatric evaluation.

“Today’s events are disturbing, and we are deeply aware of their potential to present yet another hurdle to giving Epstein’s many victims their day in court,” said New York Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you and our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment – which included a conspiracy count – remains ongoing.”

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