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The right to bear arms, just not at work

generally try to keep this column on the lighter side of things. I hope to share with my readers the enjoyment I receive from hunting, fishing, shooting and just being outdoors doing whatever nature has to offer.

The ability to enjoy the outdoors as I see fit, to me, is part of the greatness of being an American. This past week, an incident occurred that threatens the freedoms I cherish.

A pizza delivery man was robbed in Des Moines, Iowa, at gun-point. As he was taught by his employer, he gave up the pizza and his cash, shaken but thinking the incident was over. When he turned to leave, the robber came at him again, threatening to shoot him. At this point, the delivery guy pulled out his own handgun and shot the robber twice.

Since the gun was legally registered and the pizza man had a license to carry, this would normally be the end of the story. The police arrested the wounded robber and his idiot girlfriend while sending the pizza guy on his way. The pizza delivery guy's employer promptly suspended him for carrying a gun at work.

This to me is just wrong. The employer expects the employees to deliver late at night in places I am sure they themselves would not go. With or without company policy, I think a person has the right to defend themselves. I think we may even have the right to bear arms. I recall, way back in my younger years, reading the constitution. There was something there that ranked right up with freedom of speech and freedom of religion. How is it now as a nation or an employer, we can determine what should be free and what should not.

If Pizza Hut told their employees they could not kneel and pray to the East once each hour, they would be sued. If they told their employees they could not deliver to Muslims, the ACLU would be all over them. Why is it freedom of speech and freedom of religion are so much more important than the freedom to carry a weapon and protect an individual's life?

Let's look at a hypothetical situation where the president of Pizza Hut is visiting one of his restaurants and an armed robber comes in about closing time. Everyone is lined up against the wall. The delivery man standing next to the president whispers, "I know it is against company policy but I have a gun. What do you want me to do?"

I doubt the president of the company would stick to his policy then. It depends a lot on whose life is on the line. It is one thing to say a person should not be armed to protect themselves but a whole different story when it becomes personal. The policy would be changed before the corporate office opened the next morning.

If more people were armed, there would be fewer morons trying to rob a pizza delivery guy for 20 bucks and a pizza. It would not take long for the lowlifes to figure out it is safer to get a job than try to rob some poor guy attempting to make a living.

I think we should cherish the freedoms afforded us by the constitution. This includes all of the freedoms, including the right to bear arms.

Walter Scott is an outdoors enthusiast and freelance writer from Bloomfield, Iowa.