Recent outrage in the news was predicted almost a decade ago by a bestselling fiction author Larry Correia.
Larry Correia was originally an accountant for a Fortune 500 corporation, but moved on to be a successful gun store owner and firearms and self defense instructor before hitting it big as a sci-fi author. His niche? Exciting and fast paced action sequences with detailed and accurate descriptions of patriots’ favorite firearms.
If you know of Larry Correia, you’ve probably read his Monster Hunter series. If you’ve not, you’re missing out. Here’s the opening paragraph which catapulted him to big time back in 2009:
On one otherwise normal Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dream. I was able to throw my incompetent jackass of a boss from a fourteenth-story window.
In the main character’s defense, it was a late night, the only people in the office were he and his boss, and the boss turned into a werewolf and started trying to kill him. A few pages into the scene as the bad boss is wrapping up his monologue and revealing the surprise transformation, we get this hoo-rah gem which kicks off the action:
To this day I don’t know why at that moment I felt the need to make a confession to my rapidly mutating boss. Even though I was in accordance with Texas state law, I was in direct violation of the company’s workplace safety rule.
“You know that ‘no weapons at work’ policy?” I asked the twitching and growing hairy monstrosity standing less than ten feet from me. His yellow eyes bored into me with raw animal hatred. There was nothing recognizably human in that look.
“I never did like that rule,” I said as I bent down and drew my gun from my ankle holster, put the front sight on the target and rapidly fired all five shots from my snub-nosed .357 Smith & Wesson into Mr. Huffman’s body. God bless Texas.
A great response, except for the lack of silver bullets. Several pages of wall-to-wall action follow with an eventual victory for the opening chapter, and the attention to firearm detail continues throughout with bits like this:
Running in the direction of the elevator, I snapped the cylinder of my revolver closed with five more Federal 125-grain hollowpoints inside.
If you enjoy the kind of stuff Rawles writes, and shooting to survive werewolves and zombies is just as entertaining to you as survivalists shooting to defend their retreat and their families, then you’ve got to give Correia’s MHI series a read.
Anyway, a chapter later, government spooks come in and create a cover story that the main character heroically stopped a crazed serial killer high on drugs, and we get this prescient bit as he recovers in a hospital:
…Flowers were delivered. They were from Hansen Industries, with a card wishing me a speedy recovery. Along with the card there was also a letter on Hansen Industries stationary that informed me that I was fired for violating the Official Workplace Safety Code No Weapons in the Workplace Rule. If I did not want to risk an interruption to my Worker’s Compensation, I had best not protest the firing. Hugs and kisses, Human Resources.
Fiction Becomes Reality
No, not the werewolf part. The “no weapons in the workplace because safety” part, and the “getting fired for weapons in the workplace even if it saved your life” part. Thank you for your services, but the company would have preferred you to stand quietly by like a sheep for slaughter. You can go and we’ll be hiring a sheep to fill your job.
Here’s the article. A young woman working for Circle-K gas station in Albuquerque got concerned for her safety when the company wouldn’t do anything to protect her in the face of frequent and repeated robberies. So she violated the company policy of sheep-like quiet compliance with any and all criminal demands, brought a gun to work, and defended herself at the next robbery.
Wertz said she had the gun with her at work out of fear of being robbed while on duty. She said her employer hadn’t been doing enough to ensure her safety.
“Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks. They have done nothing to protect me. And I felt the need to protect myself,” Wertz told the television station.
“We are not to chase,” Wertz said, describing the policy toward robbery suspects. “We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything. We just stand there and give them what they want and they leave.”
But, she asked: “What if he would have come in and just shot me just because I wasn’t behind the counter?”
The other thing that comes to mind is that the sort of violent criminal who doesn’t care about his robbery being recorded on camera might also not care about raping a defenseless and pretty young clerk on security camera either.
How did her company feel about her successfully defending herself from violent crime in her workplace?
Despite thwarting the robbery, Circle K initially suspended Wertz for two weeks and then ultimately fired her because the chain’s policy prohibits employees from carrying guns while working.
After Wertz was fired, her mother launched a GoFundMe page, with a goal of raising $20,000.
“She won’t ask for help herself, so I’m doing this for her,” Wertz’s mother, unidentified by name, wrote on the page. “She is torn apart emotionally and is in need of time to recover from this ordeal.
Maybe you should boycott Circle-K for requiring its employees to act like sheep for slaughter. Or you could use the GoFundMe link above and help this poor young mother out.
What about your workplace? Are they okay with employees carrying weapons in case of a crisis? (My workplace is on the verge of requiring AR-15’s to be carried while on duty, and I’m not in law enforcement or security.) Would your boss be pleasantly impressed with what you’re carrying? Or is your boss the type for whom it would be the American dream of pitching him out a 14th floor window?
If you’re not permitted to defend yourself at work, maybe it is time to work somewhere folks love the 2nd amendment.