I wanted to write this due to the fact that nine (9)…yes, ‘9’, African Americans were killed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week and at this point in time, the issue that everyone in the media seems to be focusing on is all of the Confederate Flags around.
Yes, the Confederate Flags are an issue….I even saw one ‘article’ compare the Confederate Flags with the Nazi Swastika….a pretty good try but I think it is a little off the mark. However, I do believe that all Confederate Flags belong in a museum and should not be permitted anywhere, anytime, anyplace other than in a controlled environment (and, yes, if some southerner from Memphis wants to decorate the inside of their home with Flag placemats, then I say ‘go for it’, as long as I don’t have to be offended by your taste in décor) when the history of our great nation is on display.
….and I do believe that the Confederate Flags are an issue….but, the real issue here is that someone gave this certifiably crazy, young man a gun or the ability to obtain a gun. Let’s set the record straight right now….I am NOT against people owning guns….I am not against the 2nd Amendment…..if I could, at this point in time, I would vote to repeal it for I think that it has been one of the more negative legacies we have as a country….but, a repeal is not in the cards…so, I believe that any mentally healthy, capable individual that wants (or needs) to have a gun, should be able to under the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
Did you know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (a division of the Department of Labor) creates a list entitled the “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries”. In 2012, of the nearly 4,383 fatal work injuries, 15% (463 homicides, 225 suicides) were either homicides or suicides, with shootings being the most frequent manner of death in both homicides (81%) and suicides (48%). Amazing, isn’t it? It makes throwing colored paperclips look like ‘child’s play’….
The ‘discussion’ needs to center on what we are going to do to keep the guns out of the hands of disturbed individuals….whether in a church or in the workplace. This is NOT a race issue, even though much more discussion needs to ensue in this country regarding race and racial relations. What we should be doing is getting back to the gun control debate.
It seems that in retrospect, Sandy Hook seemed to mark the end of the United States’ gun control debate. Once we decided that killing children was bearable, it was over. We NEED to get back to it again…killing anyone is NOT acceptable at all and having a crazy kill someone with a gun, is just simply unacceptable.
Please look at your organization’s policies on guns and workplace violence. Please consider a zero tolerance policy for carrying a gun into the workplace or within a certain perimeter of the workplace and a zero tolerance policy for workplace violence….of any kind. If you need help in formulating that policy, please contact Rosanne Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 484-798-1236. Stay Safe.