Walmart Shotgun Shell Christmas Lights Trigger Social Media

One week before Thanksgiving, Walmart is already making headlines for a Christmas item on sale. The giant retailer has shotgun shell Christmas lights in its stores, and the notion has backfired on Twitter. Although, several of the shoppers say the like the item.

A set of 20 alternating green and red shotgun-shaped shell lights goes for the price of $9.98. But unlike Walmart's tough stance on the sale of guns and real ammunition, background checks aren't required to purchase these, and it didn't state whether or not the buyer must be 21 or older.

The photo that ignited social media has triggered comments for those against guns, those who are pro-gun, and then those who just think the lights are festive and pretty.

"If you don't like them don't buy them," one Twitter follower wrote. "Walmart also sells phones which cause more distracted driver deaths than shotguns. They sell knives and baseball bats both are used to kill more people than shotguns"

I went to #Walmart today to see for myself and yep - shotgun shell Xmas lights. Cause nothing says #MerryChristmas or #Jesus like violence-inspired holiday lights. 😞

The pervasive gun culture is tough, but so are @MomsDemand

— Rebecca N (@ProfessorBec) November 12, 2018

Walmart released a statement in February this year announcing new requirements for purchasing guns and ammunition through its storee.

"We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given."

Part of Walmart's new process was also removing toy guns.

"We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way."

Walmart, which sells other shotgun shell-shaped items like flashlights and folding knives, does not have the Christmas lights for sale online. The company has not released any statement on the shotgun shell Christmas lights.

Other comments flying on Twitter include:

Some people just can't be happy about anything. There is nothing wrong with these. I live in the south, we hunt and fish. Plus I own guns and always will. These are lights for goodness sake. Would be great if you wanted to decorate a hunting camp, or a hunting theme tree.

— Linda McCarty (@ms3fande) November 15, 2018

These lights are perfect for a hunting theme tree. I am against gun violence but am a hard core 2nd ammendment supporter. Plus there's nothing like fresh meat on the table that was just killed that day.

— Jiffenuh 🇺🇸 (@Jiffenuh1) November 15, 2018

Oh my Lord, they’re not real gun shells dear they’re just lights shaped like them. Good God go take a Xanax and have a glass of wine or something cupcake before your fit of pathetically offended nonsense hurts you.

— RosyRed VA Belle (@kt1varose629) November 16, 2018