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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:12 AM

Schools Hit by Morality of Wal-Mart Guns Funding Charity

Since the Academy of New Media Middle School in Columbus, Ohio, opened in 2011, it has scraped by, with its principal cleaning toilets and a math teacher pressed into service as school nurse. Only $250,000 in gifts from the Walton Family Foundation keeps the 85-student charter school alive.

Now, in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 massacre of 26 school personnel and pupils in Newtown, Connecticut, New Media principal Andrew Sweigard said he’s worried that its angel may be tarnished. Walton family members own more than 48 percent of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest seller of guns in the U.S.

“It’s a dilemma,” Sweigard, 27, said in his cinderblock office, furnished with a worn carpet, torn chairs, and a snow shovel. “It’s a moral issue. Can we take funding from a company that is linked to a potential disaster in our school? Do we want to associate ourselves with guns?”

Sweigard’s quandary illustrates a growing tension, post- Newtown, between the Walton family’s educational giving and its primary source of income -- the retail giant that Sam Walton founded in 1962. The family’s foundation has given $312.9 million to charter schools since 1997, more than any other private donor.


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-22/schools-hit-by-morality-of-wal-mart-guns-funding-charity.html

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:09 AM

1. Take Their Money - Don't Be A One-Issue Grantee

If every organization receiving funds from the Walton Family Foundation or myriads of other foundations based on a single issue then no one would be accepting grants or funds. Don't be short-sighted - take their money.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:58 AM

2. Because

Walmart is "the largest seller of guns in the U.S" because they sell relatively inexpensive hunting guns in rural areas..mostly shotguns (used for bird hunting and trap shooting) , small caliber rifles (.22) (used for target and small game), and a few high powered rifles suitable for deer, etc..They do not sell handguns (that I am aware of)..All of this is quite different than saying guns are, " its primary source of income", which is simply patently false. I can't stand Wal-Mart for a variety of reasons, they do enough shady and fucked up shit without having to make stuff up, IMHO..

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