A Pizza Hut employee from Iowa was suspended “until police sort out the details” in a shooting incident. The details are pretty straight forward. A woman, an accomplice of a criminal, placed a order for a pizza. The delivery man, James William Spiers, attempted to deliver the pizza when he was confronted by a man who put a gun to his head. Spiers, who has a permit to carry a handgun, grabbed the assailant’s gun and pulled his own weapon. The attacker was shot three times.
When police arrived at the scene Spiers placed his hands in the air and dropped to his knees and told the police that he had both weapons in his pockets. So far no charges have been filed but Pizza Hut has suspended Spiers. The company has a policy against carrying a weapon, even for those who have a permit to carry one. Pizza Hut believes that denying its employees the right to self defense is the safest policy. As this incident shows, a no weapons policy kept Spiers from being attacked…
I understand that Pizza Hut is allowed to make policy and if Spiers broke the rule the company has a right to fire him. I also believe that the company has a duty to keep its employees safe. It appears that Spiers was the only one interested in his personal safety.
I rarely buy pizza from Pizza Hut. If they end up firing Spiers I will never buy anything from them and I encourage all Second Amendment supporters to do the same.
Pizza Hut officials would have felt better if Spiers had been shot to death so long as he was not carrying a handgun. One of his fellow employees stated:
Howe’s co-worker Kimberly Babis said Spiers should not have been armed on the job, no matter what the safety concern. She said most drivers have the right to refuse a delivery if they feel it could pose danger.
“I don’t understand why the pizza delivery guy had a gun,” she said. “And even if the other guy was trying to rob him, it’s a measly 20 bucks. At least that’s how much our drivers have on them.” Des Moines Register
This attitude is what allows students at colleges like Virginia Tech to become victims. It is the attitude that allows patrons of malls to become victims and it is the attitude that allows crime to blossom. Just submit and they will leave you alone.
James Spiers is alive today because he refused to be a victim. If he loses a job over this then at least he is still alive to find another job.