Back in 1996, Walmart banned Sheryl Crow’s self-titled album from its stores because of a “Love Is a Good Thing” lyric in which she mentions the company selling guns. “Watch out sister / Watch out brother / Watch our children as they kill each other / With a gun they bought at the Walmart discount stores,” she sings.
23 years later, Crow has let go of her beef with Walmart after the company announced that, following a number of mass shootings, it will no longer sell handguns, handgun ammunition or ammunition that can be used in military-style assault rifles.
“I was so happy to see Walmart take the stance that it did and how just forward-thinking and responsible it was to take that stance and to stop selling guns,” the songstress told BuzzFeed News.
“Being banned at Walmart was really hard because at that time that was where people bought physical records, and in my hometown, that was the only place you could buy your record, but I wouldn’t change it,” she continued. “It’s always good to point out what you see, even if it’s not popular.”
She concluded by noting that she hopes other retailers take inspiration from Walmart’s stance. “I’m glad to see Walmart change. I would love to take total responsibility but that was a 20-year-old song,” she said. “At least they’ve made the stance that they have, and I hope other stores that sell guns will take that same stance.”