2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Friday, August 2, 2013

USPS Clerk in Columbus refuses to handle handgun being shipped by FFL holder......."religious basis"

I was case shopping (for something I really don't need) at a local family owned gun store / range called LEPD on the Northwest side of Columbus yesterday.  I overheard one of the owners, Eric, tell this story to another customer and had to drop an ear on the conversation.

The story goes something like this...

They (the store) were shipping a handgun to another FFL (for what reason I did not catch, not that it matters) and one of the owners took it to the local US Post Office for mailing.  After waiting his turn in line, he got up to the clerk, placed the box on the counter and handed and the required paperwork to the clerk.  The clerk looked at the owner and said something to the effect that they refused to handle that particular package based on "religious" beliefs.  She then instructed the owner to wait at the next window...that was unmanned...for somebody else to take care of them.  The owner obliged (I would of made a scene myself and forced him/her to get a supervisor...but then again in this day and age you would probably get shot by an armed postal inspector or something doing that) and stood their waiting for 20 minutes without anybody coming out to help them.  They called Eric to relate the story, Eric got back on the phone and called the post office and raised hell to which a person finally came out and took care of them.  Eric was so flustered that he actually called into the Glenn Beck show and was put in contact with somebody from The Blaze who is going to run a story on this.

Frickin' incredible.  The USPS has never exactly been known for being efficient or mindful of its customers, but the fact that this clerk simply refused to do their job over this is ludicrous.  Fine, if they did have a legitimate "religious" objection to handling firearms I would like to hear it and have them list other specific instances where they have refused service on this basis.  If, however, they did this on (what I and I think the owner may suspect) to be personal or political beliefs than its time to go hit the legal eagles up for discrimination.  Sorry, handling all sorts of packages is a Bona Fide Occupational Requirement for that type of job.  If you don't like it, quit your cushy job and go hand out fries at McDonald's or something else.

I just wonder if this "religious" objection to firearms keeps her from doing some of the following....

  • Shop at Walmart...who has a gun department
  • Watch films that glorify gun violence - either with actors that support guns or ones that are hypocrites that use guns to make millions acting and then lobby against them off screen....more of the latter than former...
  • Go to Starbucks or any other store that either explicity allows the carrying of concealed weapons or has a hands off approach and allows local laws to decide, as in they don't post their own "no guns allowed" signs.
  • Work in a organization that arms some of its personnel...postal inspectors.

Point is, in this age of "political correctness" and "tolerance" we all have to walk a line sometime between our beliefs and what can be seen as "offensive" to others.  A lot of the time you just have to roll with the local culture.  Over in Kuwait we were instructed not to eat and drink in public during Ramadan during the day, even if everyone knew we obviously weren't Muslim.  However, the interjection of your beliefs into your professional occupation, religious or otherwise, should always be balanced against the affected individuals rights as well.  In this case, if it was indeed a religions objection the clerk had against firearms (I dunno, maybe they were a Jain Indian, in that case it would be legit and we have a large Indian population in Columbus) then I would expect, or rather DEMAND, that USPS management be on site to intervene and not inconvenience the customer in order to make this religious accommodation.  IF this was however, a personal belief that was being used to deny the 2nd amendment rights of this individual as a owner of a licensed FFL to obtain "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" by running their business....well, let the lawsuit begin. 

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