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Texans Will Soon Be Able to Bring Their Guns to Work

Texans Will Soon Be Able to Bring Their Guns to Work

 

Starting on September 1, Texans will have the right to bring guns and ammunition to their workplaces, as long as they’re stored in a locked car.  The law, which Texas Governor (and newly anointed presidential hopeful) Rick Perry signed in July, will prohibit employers from banning guns from employee parking lots.

Gun rights advocates applauded the measure, saying that it would allow for needed self-defense at work.  Critics, however, pointed out that the new law could simply increase the potential for violence in the workplace.

According to a Dallas employment attorney, Bryan Neal, most Texas employers currently ban firearms.  ”I think that employers would feel better if there were no guns in the workplace,” he explained.  ”Employers feel this is their private property and they shouldn’t’ be told what they can or can’t prohibit.”

Under the law, employees who choose to keep their guns in their vehicles must have a gun license.  A few places of work — like schools and chemical and gas companies — are exempted (thank goodness, at least, that gun rights advocates aren’t pushing for firearms in school parking lots).  It also provides for some employer liability, but Neal says that’s not good enough.

A New York Times editorial from 2007 declared, “Workplaces that tolerate guns are five to seven times more likely to suffer homicides than job sites that ban firearms, according to a 2005 study in The American Journal of Public Health. The notion that self-defense mandates keeping guns in office drawers or out in parking-lot glove compartments is a dangerous fantasy.”

Well, it’s a dangerous fantasy that’s about to become reality, at least in Rick Perry’s state.  Makes you just that much happier that he’s running for president, right?

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Photo from Anupam Kamal via Wikimedia Commons.

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11:17AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Good ! Texas is full of losers and this will definitely get rid of alot of them.

9:35AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

this is very wrong

9:27AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

I think that the USA is slowly but surely going down the drain....

It is such a shame as most people are caring citizen but looking in from the outside...they are loosing more and more credibility!

8:14AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Does this include the post office?

8:10AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Tangent time, do handguns really look as crappy as the one in the picture? A plastic handle? Are you kidding? Wood, metal, or forget it.

8:07AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Ok ok ok. Let me get serious for a sec...(giggles)

If you need a gun at work, and you are not being paid hazard pay of some kind,

GET A NEW JOB.

I carry two knives with me whenever I leave the house for self defense if I need it, but mainly because a knife is a useful tool to have with you.

I totally believe that everyone above a certain age should be required to carry a firearm so long as they are not crazy. However, until they pass something universal like that, the best thing to do is not be in places where you think you will need a gun, and that includes work.

I mean seriously. If you need a gun, and it's locked in your car, then what's the point? This is just asking for workplace shootings. It would be safer if gun owners could wear guns at all times everywhere. That way crazy people would be deterred from acting crazy because everyone can fight back.

8:01AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

WHAT DO YOU MAN I'M NOT GETTING A RAISE?!

BANG!

NO PROMOTION?

BANG!

DENYING MY BENEFITS?

BANG!

This is so cool.

L
O
L

:D

7:59AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

(points at article) eheheheheheh hahahahahahahah MWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA LOLS LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLS

:D

XD

THIS IS AWESOME!

A state full of crazy people that want to secede from America, pray to imaginary friends for rain (lols), pray to imaginary friends for a better economy, AND elected Rick Perry, a total whack job, for governor, are going to be able to bring guns to work.

YEAH!

I LOVE THIS!

This totally can't blow up in their ignorant imaginary friend worshiping faces. (giggles). Hang on hang on. (gets popcorn) OK I'm ready. You go Texas!. You do that guns in the workplace thing! I can hardly wait.! =D

7:08AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Well now - I wonder how quickly the bleeding hearts will wish for cops WITH GUNS in the workplace when some idiot DOES go beserk with a gun?

'Cos you're not going to stop him - you do realize that, don't you? He'll find a way - guns banned or not!

The nearest cops are probably at least 3 minutes away - the nearest .45 round from a gun in a well trained hand is only a spilt second away!

If the bleeding hearts want to cower under a desk until the maniac finds and kills them - good luck and R.I.P.

Me - I prefer to defend myself - and since I'm an older man, not in the mood to take chances in a fight, I'll probably just kill him.

Hopefully BEFORE he wipes out your bleeding heart butts!

Not that your bleeding heart butts deserve it.....

7:06AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

How many of us have actually PULLED OUT A GUN, POINTED IT AT A HUMAN BEING AND PULLED THE TRIGGER?? NOT ANYONE WHO IS RATIONAL, AT THE TIME.

Hand guns as pictured here were not designed to defend myself from a wild animal, or hunt for food. What was the original design behind my constitutional right to OWN FIREARMS?

Life in those days was not easy, and had it stayed with dumping TEA in BOSTON HARBOR, that would have been good. The Constitution gave me the right to own and carry arms because our founding fathers were planning to declare their independence from England. That was a declaration of WAR. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE CAME LATER.


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