Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Homicide More Likely at Gun-friendly Workplaces

- reported today that homicides are more likely at workplaces that allow guns. Well, that sounds about right. Read on...

Murders are three times more likely to occur in workplaces that permit employees to carry weapons than in workplaces that prohibit all weapons, new research finds.

And that risk doubles when the weapons are guns, says a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

The study, published in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health, compared 87 cases where employees were killed at work sites in North Carolina between 1994 and 1998 with 177 comparable work sites where there were no murders.

The article explains that the reason why employers allow employees to bring weapons may be for their own protection. However, having a gun at work or at home, can lead to increased cases of homicide.

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