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Nobody in This Building Has a Gun

From: "John G. Lankford" <>
To: <>
Subject: Workplace without guns around
Date sent: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 19:45:52 -0600

Regarding your article in the St. Petersburg Times, Columns: Workplace bad enough without a gun around

Dear Mr. Glidewell:

I'm sorry you find work a place where life is suspended as a price for its enjoyment elsewhere. You must have the misfortune of working in occupation for the sake of accumulating secondary gratification, money, alone, rather than working in vocation and having both.

I'm also sorry you see fit to prescribe for everyone regarding not only the appropriateness but the permissibility of a number of constitutional rights in a number of different places. Apparently you subscribe to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg theory of jurisprudence: "Whenever you want to know what the law allows, ask me."

But if the City Manager does, with your approval, succeed in banning guns from City Hall, I suggest the two of you cooperate in celebrating the fact by placing outside a sign saying, "Nobody in this building has a gun: Guaranteed."

And I wish you both the best of luck.

Sincerely yours,
John G. Lankford

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