A Dec. 13 local newspaper contains a story about legislation being pushed by the National Rifle Association in Pennsylvania and other states which would require employers to allow workers to bring guns to work. What a wonderful idea, and exactly what we need in our increasingly violent and depraved society, even easier access to firearms! I suppose for the supporters of this legislation, private property rights of the employer are dwarfed by an expansive, all-powerful Second Amendment.
Yes, let us make it simple for gunplay to occur in volatile and emotional situations in the workplace! What a great way to ensure that a supervisor minds his or her p’s and q’s: place them on notice that if they step out of line and are perceived as treating an employee unfairly, the worker may go to his (or her) vehicle and return in seconds with the means to settle the dispute through lethal force. Think how many less Scrooges there would be if more employers had to fear for their lives in the workplace! What a utopia for the gun-toting employee!
While we are it, why do we not require that all citizens be armed? Yes, if everyone carries a weapon, no one would dare commit a crime, knowing that they are likely to be shot by some other “expert marksman.” No one would ever shoot out of baseless rage, the good guys and gals would always win, no one would ever be shot accidentally, and we can all live happily ever after.
All sarcasm aside, it would nice to believe that General Assembly Democrats could protect us from the folly of allowing guns at the workplace, but there are few form either party that have traditionally had the courage to mount any significant fight against the gun homicide epidemic and its endorsers, so greatly are our “leaders” cowed by the flexing of NRA muscle, money, and threats.
Our world stands reason and logic on their heads.