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Walton Family Foundation Grant Recipients Reconsider Donations After Newtown Shooting

Society & Culture  (tags: violence, society, safety, crime, ethics, children, family )

- 1916 days ago -
A number of charter schools that rely on donations from a charity started by Walmart's founder are questioning whether they should continue accepting the funds in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:10 pm
Noted. Thanks.

penny C (85)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:32 pm
I can understand their moral issue here.

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:01 pm
Another thought provoking article. Thanks. Carrie.

Jason S (50)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:08 pm
Good posting, thanks

Kevin A (64)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:26 am

Kevin A (64)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:00 am
There are hundreds of other items besides guns that are also sold in hardware and sporting goods stores that are also used to commit assaults and murders. Then of course there are cars and trucks that also kill hundreds of people very year. Would you have everything that could be used to kill someone banned and illegal to possess?

If the guns are gone from the law abiding people and the murder rates don't drop, what will you blame then? Will you finally blame the people or will you blame knives, baseball bats, hockey sticks, machetes, screwdrivers, hatchets, axes, or any of the other hundreds of tools and other items that may be used to kill?

A couple of these mass murderers (Aurora included) have shown that they could make BOMBS and chose the guns instead, possibly greatly reducing the number of people that they could kill. Comparatively few people can legally possess explosives yet they are out there, whether purchased, stolen, or homemade.

If you succeed in neutralizing all of the legal guns in this country, you won’t stop the criminals from using guns.

If you are going to chastise Walmart for selling guns, chastise them for selling all of these other sports and hardware items as well.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:51 am
noted, thanks Carrie

P A (117)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:53 am
"When Walmart opened a store in Tuscon, Ariz., in October, it pledged to give a combined $15,000 to several local charities, the Arizona Daily Star reports. But Casa Maria Free Kitchen, a nonprofit that gives out 500 free lunches to low- and no-income residents daily, declined a $2,000 donation, because it disagrees with its business practices.

"We feel that even though Walmart has low prices, they pay lousy wages, they're anti-union and they have a detrimental effect on the survival of small businesses," Brian Flagg, who oversees the charity, told the Arizona Daily Star. "We consider that blood money."

While Casa Maria took a major risk by not accepting the money, it ended up seeing donations pour in from those who supported the charity’s stance, CNN reports. Flagg didn’t say exactly how much the organization received, but he did say that he was “sure” that it was significantly more than what Walmart had offered."

God bless those who are brave enough to (and able to) refuse donations from Walmart - Walmart's behaviour is constantly appalling.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:09 pm
Kevin, you are missing an obvious point. Please see US Gun Violence By The Numbers

Robert Hardy (68)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:53 pm
Applaud. Just one of may reasons not to tolerate Walmart.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:13 pm
Not sure about this

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 11:33 pm
Being forced to make decisions like this is a true test of moral fibre and ethics. Not an easy decision when the donation is $250K. Not an easy decision either when it is $2K. I normally won't shop at Wal-Mart but there is one product that my mother used daily that I don't seem to be able to buy anywhere else.

I don't like Wal-Marts business practices or their treatment of employees.

Charitable donations do not wipe the blood from their hands! And let's not forget that such donations are tax write-offs.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:56 am
Would it hurt Walmart if they do not accept the donations? Not shopping from their stores would hurt them. Not accepting their donations is a statement of disgust with them. They probably don't have the sensitivity to take this to heart.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:03 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.
*Pat A: Thanks for mentioning the Tucson story...I'm sorry I'm unable to send you a green star since I sent one in the past week.

. (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:06 am
Interesting moral question. I would bet these charter schools continue taking the money.
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