COLUMN FIRES UP READERS
I respect your right to have and express your opinion regarding workplace safety in Oklahoma. ("Okla. Gun Law is not OK," Counterpoint column, Risk & Insurance®, May 2008, Page 42.) However, your editorial did nothing at all to explain how preventing employees from having guns in their cars would have prevented these incidents. It sounded like most of these were premeditated events. Additionally, it seems to me that anybody inclined to harm a co-worker is not going to worry too much about a rule established by their employer. They've already shown a complete disregard for the law.
Edward F. Weber
Chief Operating Officer
National Worksite Benefit Group
Ifind it sad that your article did nothing and said nothing to address the issue.It looked like a simple cut and paste job to me.In addition, you omitted the last two school tragedies.What, teachers don't count as employees?You want me to have a safe work place?Then I say man it with top notch armed security.Also, let us not forget to hold the companies responsible for not completing an exacting search of every employee and their vehicle each and every day.Otherwise, someone might go to their vehicle a retrieve a gun.
I have a suggestion, let the company send out their own vehicles with their own drivers and pick up everyone at some remote parking lot.Then make sure each employee is put through a complete search, cavity included.Then, require that each employee put on company uniforms in place of their own clothing.Make certain that the perimeter of the place of employment is surrounded by a 15' electrified chain link fence topped with razor wire.Yes, and don't forget to have the gun towers manned properly.
In closing, you failed to do your homework in finding out when the shooters in question got their weapons.You also failed to mention the employees that had already been fired.I could go on and on.There is a distinct difference between an honest doubter and one who is closed minded.In closing, I remember the old professor of Virginia Tech who had lived through the holocaust, and through falling in front of the door in self-sacrifice, saved his students
Yes, I think of him and I wonder what he would say if he could answer to his actions today.If he would have had a firearm there would have been a lot of lives saved that day.Remember this: Guns don't kill! People kill. Where was all the gun control when the federal building in Oklahoma was blow up?
Tidewater Insurers Inc.
July 1, 2008
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