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Response to dballance (Reply #66)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:31 PM

68. Fair enough

I feel there are situations where policy gets trumped.

As for 'what ifs'- that is most of the criticism against him. He could have escalated, they could have had a shootout, somebody could have been hurt... but that didn't happen either. Did he get away with one, yes. Was he lucky, yes. Did the armed robber run away, as many maintain would never happen, yes. Next time a robber is confronted will it end well, TBD.

Could the company have made an exception to their policy, while clearly stating they do not condone a repeat of this or had a closed door meeting with their employee and police to see if an exception is justified- that would have been possible too.

I have an instinctive dislike of 'zero tolerance' policies. It leads to zero thinking and hiding behind bureaucracy. It makes schools say a deaf boy needs to change his name because in sign it looks too much like a gun.

Now to lower our respective blood pressure, these two statements are some of the best I have seen from either the pro or anti side:
We don't prevent people from having guns and knives because a small percentage of the time they are used for illegal purposes. And that's the right thing to do. We don't prevent people from having automobiles because they can be stupid and cause accidents. We trust that the majority of the time people are responsible and will do the right thing.

Remember, a bullet knows no loyalty. It simply does what is its purpose. To maim or kill regardless of whether you are the bad guy or the good guy.


Dinner time. A peaceful night to you

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