As a matter of personal preference, I would certainly encourage private companies to allow their employees to bring their firearms to work, and, as a matter of taste, I would prefer it if those who have been discovered violating company policy were treated gently — especially if they were forced to break the rules in self-defense. But, unless one is to wholly rewrite the nature of American constitutional government, these decisions must be reserved to the private sector, and not to local voters or representatives. Like all of the provisions within the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment serves as a check on government and on government alone. It does not apply to Walmart or to FedEx or to Joe’s Highway Diner. When the NRA gripes that some politicians are “heeding corporate concerns” over the predilections of gun owners, what it is really saying is that those politicians are respecting property rights and refusing to get involved where they are not welcome. At what point, one wonders, did that become undesirable to liberty-loving people?
On the campaign trail and in private, conservatives invariably profess enthusiasm for at-will employment, for limited regulation, for free contracts between employers and employees, for the right of businesses to decide with whom they wish to associate, and for legal regimes that privilege local knowledge over centralized edict. Ostensibly at least, conservatives do not wish the state to instruct private firms what their opening hours must be, how much they are required to pay their staff, and what sort of health insurance they are bound to provide. Such opposition is rooted in the Right’s belief about the practical effects of these policies, certainly. But it is also grounded in its view of the role of state, which is to be limited to securing liberty and to creating a framework within which markets can flourish. Are we to conclude now that these ideals do not apply when it comes to the question of guns? And if not, what can explain red-state support for preemption?
FK – Here’s the comment I posted to this article:
Google is proving right now that the corporations are just as dangerous as the government.
The most basic and valuable ‘private property’ is our own bodies, lives. No one anywhere has any ‘right’ to tell us we can’t defend such, for any reason. Profit motive be damned.
The greedy corporate workaholic jerks treat their employees like beasts of burden because they know they can get away with it. American corporations didn’t move their facilities after Klinton and a Democratic congress passed NAFTA because they felt sorry for the peasants of Mexico, Central America and Asia.
Don’t understand? Start here.
I could go on and on about this.
More important articles on our most basic right:
FK – Let’s hope they are ready to organize, arm and train their local militias to do what will be required to back up their words.
Did commiefornia do something right for once?
Get one if you can afford it:
FK – This is called “Liberal”(commie) trash, the greatest danger and plague we face today. Only a program of complete and total eradication will cure this disease.
FK – We need serial numbers for “Liberal”(commie) trash and commie newswhores, tattooed on each cheek along with a hammer and sickle.
The makers of this machine should be honored nationally. We must repeal GCA ’68 and the NFA and all the other ‘gun laws.’
The ‘crime’ issue is a red herring. Even if ‘gun control’ could be proven to lower crime it would still be evil.
All ‘gun control’ is propaganda designed to condition the sheeple to more ‘control’ until full civilian disarmament is achieved. Thus all gun control is an act of war. All who forward it should be arrested, tried for treason against Human Liberty and executed.
When guns are outlawed “Liberal”(commie) trash season begins. The Newswhores die first.