Rant about workplace policy for armed assailant in company building
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but I just received a copy of my workplace's written policy on how to deal with an armed assailant who has entered the building. I work in a highly anti environment, as you will be able to tell. I'll summarize so as not to incriminate myself. (My comments in bold.)
Lock office door if possible. Many office doors do not lock.
If office door doesn't lock, move office furniture in front of door. Most office furniture is on wheels, so anything rolled in front of the door can easily be pushed out of the way.
Retreat to the far corner of the room. What a great choice of words. Do we line up on the opposite wall in firing squad formation?
Stay there until someone gives you the all-clear. That's right... just depend on someone else to take care of me... take no responsibility for myself. Oh wait, they forgot to tell us to bend over and kiss our anatomy good-bye.
An administrator got to talking to me last week about what I would do if someone came in with a gun. What I wanted to say was, "Well, I would rely on one of the two guns I have on me at this time, and some of the 45 rounds I have on me at this time, to defend myself." But I didn't feel like looking for another job immediately. I did want to interject the subject of guns, so I said, "I would hope the on-site security would be armed." I knew they weren't armed, and the administrator expressed shock about even the thought of licensed and trained security guards carrying a weapon. The administrator said, "The police will be here like that", giving a finger snap. Yeh, right...
There's not much point to this post other than my exasperation about how stupid people can be. I am entirely comfortable carrying in that job, and I am entirely comfortable looking for another job if I should be found out.
Sometimes I am really disheartened at how stupid people can be. I think I need to go console myself at the range, or maybe go buy another gun.