Can I Make My Company Take a Stand on Guns?

Can I Make My Company Take a Stand on Guns?

Credit I live in Europe and work for a company based in the United States. I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the rate of gun violence and mass shootings in the United States, and I would like my company to take a public position. I travel to the United States a few times a year for trainings and meetings. I also travel extensively in Europe. Because of gun violence, the United States is by far the most dangerous country I travel to. The company sponsors charity events but has never taken a position on guns. Most managers are American, and tweets from the human-resources manager indicate he’s not in favor of gun control. How can I raise this topic within my company? I don’t want to sound like the European telling Americans how to deal with their own country. Name Withheld Europeans sometimes struggle to grasp the scope of the challenge here. Estimates put the number of guns in circulation in the United States at 300 million, but there’s no official government count. Although high-profile mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla., in February typically involve “assault weapons,” those account for just over 2 percent of gun homicides. (Most homicides are committed with handguns.) Despite the magnitude of the problem, better policies would help. A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences found that if all states had waiting periods, gun homicides would be reduced by 910 a year. (That’s from a baseline of about 11,000.) There’s some […]

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