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Published:April 9th, 2008 16:07 EST
Florida Lawmakers Pass Take-Your-Gun-To-Work Measure

Florida Lawmakers Pass Take-Your-Gun-To-Work Measure

By Robert Paul Reyes

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.