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Oleg Volk
April 30, 2007, 11:21 AM
Just got this email:

Dear Mr. Volk:

I am the head of Human Resources for Canon U.S.A., and your recent email to Mr. Ishizuka has been referred to me for reply.


The statement to which you refer was previously distributed to new Canon employees in Irving, Texas, however, this is no longer being done. The statement is not included in our current employee handbook, nor was it ever included in the previous employee handbook which was superseded many years ago.

In light of recent national events, Canon is currently reviewing its policies regarding workplace safety, which includes, amongst other things, possession of firearms on Company premises and while on Company business.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention and for being a loyal Canon customer.

Sincerely,

William E. Gilbert
Vice President and General Manager
Human Resources Division

I sent them a reply:

Dear Mr. Gilbert,

Thank you very much for your reply. As you may have observed from the discussions on the web, a number of people are contemplating a boycott of Canon products. Since I am quite happy with the gear and with CPS support, I am glad that it would be unnecessary for me to do so.

In the light of the recent and not so recent events, I'd like to offer for your consideration that -- especially in restrictive California -- people who legally wear sidearms are almost invariably more law-abiding in all areas of their lives than the average population. They already passed numerous background checks and so pose no threat to their co-workers.

Conversely, the psychopaths who do pose a threat tend to be attracted to the locations where laws and/or workplace policies guarantee them a pool of disarmed targets. The threat of job termination doesn't impress people who come ready to murder and suicide.

With those considerations, I would recommend making no policy either restricting or encouraging discreet carry of sidearms for self-defense. The wearing of arms is no more a company matter than having air bags in vehicles: both go bang and have life-saving potential for the individual employees, neither impinges on the company interests.

If the decision makers would like additional input into this matter, I would happily arrange contacts with professional firearms use and safety trainers, including gratis admission to the courses required for California carry license or to general handgun use and safety classes. Having experience with the devices which are far simpler -- and equally morally neutral -- as any Canon camera, may prove helpful to the policy discussions.

Oleg Volk

If you write to Mr. Gilbert at wgilbert@cusa.canon.com, please keep to polite, practical suggestions. Utility and ethics would make better input than appeals to the Second Amendment guarantees.

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hankdatank1362
April 30, 2007, 11:25 AM
Nice job!

armoredman
April 30, 2007, 11:51 AM
Bravo!!

ZeSpectre
April 30, 2007, 12:00 PM
ZeSpectre stands up, removes hat, and applauds.

jmtgsx
April 30, 2007, 12:32 PM
Kudos!!!
I especially like the "morally neutral" comparrison to their equipment. BRILLIANT!
Keep up the good work, and if I haven't said it lately, the best forum on the net!

High Planes Drifter
April 30, 2007, 12:39 PM
Outstanding job Oleg.

mnrivrat
April 30, 2007, 01:28 PM
In light of recent national events, Canon is currently reviewing its policies regarding workplace safety, which includes, amongst other things, possession of firearms on Company premises and while on Company business

Maybe just me, but if I read between the lines it sorta appears that the handouts in TX may have been a sanctioned trial by the company . It would then give one the direction they were thinking of going , if they could get by with it ?

eric.cartman
April 30, 2007, 01:31 PM
Oleg,
Could you write a nice letter to my company as well?
I WILL PAY YOU!!!

bogie
April 30, 2007, 01:32 PM
Either that, or the manager for that area took it upon himself...

eric.cartman
April 30, 2007, 01:32 PM
Oleg,
Could you write a nice letter to my company as well?
I WILL PAY YOU!!!

ScottsGT
April 30, 2007, 02:13 PM
I LOVE the airbag comparison! Kudos for a well written letter!!

glockman19
April 30, 2007, 02:17 PM
Good letter. Every employer should read a copy.

offthepaper
April 30, 2007, 02:44 PM
Oleg,
Could you write a nice letter to my company as well?
I WILL PAY YOU!!!
------------------------------------------------

I need you to write a different kind of note to a GF. :evil:

CanonNinja
April 30, 2007, 02:52 PM
i highly disagree with the "and while on Company business" line

PPGMD
April 30, 2007, 02:54 PM
Meh I have boycotting Canon for years.

Nikonian for life.

Wolfsong
April 30, 2007, 03:42 PM
In light of recent national events, Canon is currently reviewing its policies regarding workplace safety, which includes, amongst other things, possession of firearms on Company premises and while on Company business.

More Public Relations double-no-speak. "Currently reviewing" means nothing has changed. "Currently reviewing" translates to hey, we're looking into this perceived black eye that the Canon Corp. has received, and if it's in our best interest (read: bottom line profits) we might be willing to change our policies, but don't hold your breathe!

I see nothing concrete is this puppet's words, but nevertheless, I applaud your efforts.

Peace and God bless, Wolfsong.

Car Knocker
April 30, 2007, 05:29 PM
The statement to which you refer was previously distributed to new Canon employees in Irving, Texas, however, this is no longer being done. The statement is not included in our current employee handbook

SAG0282
April 30, 2007, 10:10 PM
Good stuff.

I like the idea of a policy that says "No possession of illegal weapons and/or no unlawful use of weapons". You've got the symbolism that any law or regulation is about anyway, it has no more or less chance of stopping violence, EXCEPT that it doesn't prohibit lawful carry.

thexrayboy
April 30, 2007, 11:33 PM
Very nice letter Oleg. I feel however that it may possibly be pearls before swine. The wording of the rsponse from Canon was quite vague and noncommital. It reminded me very much of the "canned letters" I have recieved in the past as response from an elected official. Certainly no ascertainable position was to be determined and the most one could expect was an ongoing evaluation and reevaluation of company policy. Well duh...all companies evalutate and reevaluate their P&P manuals and handbooks on a frequent basis. I have to do that myself on a regular basis. Hopefully a brain cell or two was jump started at Canon and a rational response results. However experience tells me that while this is possible it is not probable. Very nicely done on your part never the less.

Sven
May 1, 2007, 12:15 AM
Nice!

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