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Monday, December 15, 2014

NPR: Do Guns on the Premises Make Workplaces Safe?

That's the question addressed in an All Things Considered story on Friday.  The report looked at the states that have laws allowing employees to keep a firearm in their car while at work.  When will people learn that a "No Weapons Allowed" sign will not stop someone intent on doing harm.  Concealed Carry Magazine executive editor Kevin Michalowski, was featured in the story and told how his brother attempted to rob a business in Arizona and was stopped by an off duty police officer who happened to have his firearm.  The story is also another illustration how people who are not gun owners don't understand the concept of concealed carry:
In 1993, Heisse was working in a high-rise building in San Francisco when failed businessman Gian Luigi Ferri opened fire, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself. Some of the victims included Heisse's colleagues.

"What I wasn't prepared for was walking through the aftermath of an event like that, and stepping over the body of a young law student that I had hired to work for me for the summer," he says.
Heisse says neither he nor other survivors of that tragedy believe a gun could have stopped the carnage.

"These scenes don't play out like they do in the movies," he says. "It's incredibly stressful. To think that the untrained, inexperienced person in that stressful situation will make all the right decisions is, I think, foolish."
Again, the comments about "untrained" people carrying firearms.  If all these people are so untrained, why don't you have over 8 million (the estimated number of people with concealed carry permits) people being locked up for shooting the wrong people? 


WillVMI68 said...

"... all the right decisions ..."??? And yet 8 people were KILLED by the bad guy with a gun. How many of those 8 would still be at home for Christmas if a good guy with a gun had made "SOME OF the right decisions"?

My experience with normally intelligent people, even some living in rural suburbia, is that they become disconnected from rational thought due to fear of "guns" brought on by "lack of knowledge" about guns.

A close friend of mine was distraught because a neighbor 2 doors down from their rural suburban home had bought a .50 cal. rifle. "What does he want with it and what if he accidently shoots it toward our house?"

I noted that in the 2 years since she found out about it, how many times had any shots occurred? "None" was the answer, of course. But that just didn't seem to register with her. It was a "big" gun, and just a few hundred yards away. That was the insurmountable logic for banning such a gun from the public.

I also asked her if she realized that she interacts with people carrying a concealed weapon virtually every day, at the grocery store, restaurants, gas stations and on the highways and roads, and nobody ever shot at her. That FACT had no intellectual reality for her. It was a complete non sequitur for her.

How can we educate the folks about the everyday value of guns in maintaining safe environments and restoring safe environments once a bad guy with a gun begins his destructive actions?

We need to make guns familiar to folks. Friendly like.

Dave said...

Do fire extinguishers make businesses safer? How many people are trained on the proper use of fire extinguishers? Will they make the right decisions? Fires are pretty rare so wouldn't it make sense, and save money, not to have/require fire extinguishers?

Evan said...

As a veteran, rest assured I won't panic when faced with a critical incident. I choose to carry a concealed weapon so that I have more options than relying on the morality of the armed robber or nut case hostage taker to respect my right to live. I've been carrying a long time and haven't shot anyone (accidently or on purpose) yet! 93 times out of 100 where a legally armed citizen draws his or her firearm, no one is shot and the confrontation is ended. I'll call 911, but only AFTER I'm safe.