The other day, I was leaving the parking garage going into work and the rent-a-cops for the complex stopped me and chatted it up. He’s former military and was in the Army. He picked me out because I have USMC vet plates on the Blazer. Nice enough fellow who obviously gets very bored on the job since all he does is sits in a Geo Metro driving around between 2 parking garages.
The odd thing about these rent-a-cops is that their employers actually ask that they carry guns. I believe they’re Glock 17s, but they could be some other model. I only remember that they’re 9mm. I say this is odd because the complex used to be a mall and now it’s an entertainment center type of place. There are a handful of buildings that house things like a pizza joint, 5 Guys Burgers, a few sit-down restaurants, a coffee place, movie theatre, arcade, bowling alley, indoor skydiving, Gold’s Gym, etc etc… My office just happens to sit in the same complex.
So this morning, he was walking in the same direction I am so tell him that I think it’s odd that they carry since most security companies DO NOT ask their rent-a-cops to carry and in fact prohibit it, especially with them pretty much being mall cops. He said it’s because of McVeigh that they all do. Interesting… I can see how someone carrying a gun would have stopped McVeigh. I like that they carry, but it’s still trying to use a screwdriver to serve up ice cream. It’s good to have the screwdriver, but you’re not going to stop any bombers with it.
I said that I think it’s awesome that they carry! There’s been more than one assault in the parking garages over the years (but it’s much better than it was). I told him that I carry as well. “Oh, I trust all ex-military with guns.” I just said “Why ex-military? I trust everybody with guns until they can prove otherwise.”
I got a very disapproving look from the guy. You can go screw yourself, buddy.