April 9th, 2008 16:07 EST
Florida Lawmakers Pass Take-Your-Gun-To-Work Measure
Some progressive companies allow their employees to bring their children to work on certain days. This liberal policy builds good morale and is conducive to a productive work environment.
Other employers permit their workers to bring their pets to work on Fridays; this is another way to foster good relations in the workplace. I would be very happy if I could bring my cat to my place of employment; it would reduce my level of anxiety knowing that my feline is scratching and otherwise vandalizing my company's furniture instead of my own.
Some folks love their children; some love their pets, and then there are those who love their firearms. There is a measure pending in Florida that would allow residents to take their beloved guns to work.
"Most Florida residents would be allowed to take guns to work under a measure passed by Florida lawmakers on Wednesday. The bill, allowing workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, was approved by the Florida Senate by a vote of 26-13. It now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to sign into law.
The measure applies to employees, customers and those invited to the business establishment as long as they have a permit to carry the weapon." [Quotation from Michael Peltier writing for Reuters]
I can envision an employee showing off his new upholstery on his pickup to his boss right around the time of his yearly evaluation.
Job-holder: Boss check out this fine Corinthian leather-- it set me back hundreds. I almost shot the guy at the shop when he gave me the bill. Oh, I'm sorry, let me put this double-barreled shotgun on the floor so you can truly appreciate the great workmanship.
There are so many things that can happen at work to make a worker go nuts: A poor evaluation, vacation time rejected, a denied promotion, an unwanted transfer to another department... We shouldn't make it easier for a disgruntled wage earner to go postal.
I own a scary-looking shotgun, and anyone who breaks into my home is going to get blown away to kingdom come. But I don't feel that I have a constitutional right to take my shotgun to work with me.
"The measure exempts a number of workplaces including nuclear power plants, prisons, schools and companies whose business involves homeland security." [Quotation from Reuters.]
A call center, and I speak from experience, can be as stressful as a prison. After listening all day to calls questioning my manhood, intellect, ancestry and level of education, grabbing a gun sounds awfully tempting.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist strikes me as an intelligent man. I hope he doesn't sign this horrendous bill into law.