Talk about guns, get fired

If you’re a boingboing reader you likely saw this story. Matt’s a local, and apparently was working as an SAP contractor in the area when he got canned because someone heard him talking about target shooting and it made them uncomfortable.

The really funny thing, to the extent that getting fired for thoughtcrime can be funny, is that he’s a contractor for THE NAVY. I don’t think my experience working for a government contractor is unique in that more than 1 in 10 of my cow orkers are former members of the armed forces. Plus a few who were in the Air Force. I kid, I kid!

Seriously, you work for an organization that is involved in the business of war and you’re freaked out by someone talking about target shooting? Worse – you ARE that organization and you kowtow to that?

1 Comment so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    This is nonsense. Hypocrisy in action. It’s okay to support wholesale slaughter of thousands of people but it’s not okay to discuss the murder of innocent paper targets. The horror. Those poor target-Americans.

    It reminds me of one really crappy place I worked where it was specifically enumerated in the HR papers that you are not allowed to threaten to “go postal.” At first I thought it was a weird joke but soon learned that they had driven somebody to the point of snapping and making that threat. It was run by a first-class jerkoff Lt. Col. from the USAF. Hellish place.

    But we were allowed to talk about shooting people. Seriously. Weird, huh?



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