Thursday, August 04, 2005

Most Americans

According to a New York Times editorial titled "Guns in the Parking Lot", 'Most Americans' agree with employers like ConocoPhillips when they ban employees from driving around with firearms in their cars.

Apparently, that puts me in the minority, since I don't actually agree with this concept. Then again, is the generalization really true? Do 'Most Americans' agree with the sentiment?

I am certain that most people wish to feel safe and secure when they go to work. They probably don't want to fear being blown to bits when one of their co-workers blows a gasket and takes out a handy gun to commit mayhem. But is there a majority of concern that no law abiding Joe or Jane should be allowed to have their handgun in their personal vehicle?

Look at it another way. If guns are not permitted in the company-owned parking areas, what about knives? I am guessing, without having seen the full document, that there is no mention of knives, or crossbows, or garottes. If violence in the workplace is the concern - these are all potentially lethal!

I'm curious ... if you own one or more guns, and you occasionally take them to the range for practice, or even to participate in matches, how do you feel about companies telling their employees what can and can't be stored safely in their cars? This essentially means that you cannot plan events directly after work, since you have to go home to retrieve the items you want to take to the range with you.

If the objects are legal to own, if there are no laws broken, why have this restriction? I'm really curious to hear how you feel on this one. Whether you own guns or not, should this be something that companies can control?


Speaking of guns ... check out the sweet little item that John has posted. Can I have one, pretty please??