LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
April 2, 2006
I am writing concerning the article “Gun Clash on Workplace Property” in the February 2006 issue of Security magazine. You do a grave disservice to your readers when you print articles based on incorrect and false information and written by authors that have an anti-gun agenda. I am attaching a fact sheet that refutes this article.
Joseph T. Novak, Novak Enterprises
I was quite disappointed in the “Gun Clash on Workplace Property” article in the February, 2006 ACCESSContol section of Security magazine. Certainly an off-subject article for ACCESSControl.
I found it to be an ill-informed, highly unprofessional, opinionated, and thinly veiled inflammatory political diatribe which has no place in your fine magazine. While some of the authors points may be applicable in some high density, big city environments, most of what they say has little to do with the reality in which most of us live and work. Furthermore, their comments regarding the NRA and what is happening within this country regarding firearm laws (as evidenced by the avalanche of shall issue concealed carry laws, firearm protection laws, and the current crop of anti-confiscation laws) clearly demonstrates that the authors are out of touch with mainstream America on this issue.
Certainly, security professionals must be concerned with their organization’s policy regarding weapons in the workplace, paying appropriate attention to the potential for firearms to be in the hands of those who intend to harm others in the workplace. However, the over-inflated egos of these and many other self described “security experts” unfortunately allow them to believe they somehow have a more informed opinion regarding weapons, use of force training, and weapon skills than most people in other fields. This is not the case, nor has it ever been. A true “Barney Fife” mentality that hurts all real security professionals. This is one of the reasons so many senior security executives are relegated to director level positions, and struggle for access and impact with the senior leadership of their organization.
In short, the authors need to take their “ludicrous, brash, agitated” NRA-bashing language to the grocery store newsstand publications where it belongs, or begin thinking and behaving like the professionals they purport to be. Law abiding employees are not who they need to fear and guard against.
James McCulloch President and Chief Operating Officer, Monarch Resources,