66 is more insidious than the Biblical 666

To most bible loving people that sounds like a preposterous statement and its vowed ‘sign of the Beast’. But in today’s TV reality show based world 66 is much more insidious than that sign of 666. How can that be you may ask, let me tell you why and remember I said today’s world.

66% is actually the number that I am talking about. 2/3’s is all. But 66% or 2/3’s of what you may be asking. 66% of all workplace/school violence (WPV/SV) fatal incidents end with the shooter committing suicide. We see it innumerable times in the news and yet we don’t realize the carnage is so high on society and the shooters families.

Of course the suicides take on various forms as well which help to ensure that the number is side-tracked into anonymity, not to mention that we silently thank heaven they are gone. From the perpetrator who kills themselves with a gun shot or other self-inflicted injury i.e. car crash. Then there is the person who commits suicide by cop. This last one is the one you see or hear most often covered in the news media.

This means that of the approximately 700 people killed while at work every year in the 15 million incidents yearly, that the perpetrators will account for nearly an additional 300 deaths. And of course this doesn’t account for the innumerable incidents that occur off the work site or campus and are not officially attributed to WPV/SV

In the mid-80s when WPV came to prominence with numerous post office shootings, an ex-employee went to his supervisor’s house and killed her. He then went to a co-workers home and killed them before going to the main postal facility and killing several more before taking his own life. These incidents are rarely recorded as such any more. People killed in their home are not included in the official Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA) statistics.

The main reason for that? Because it didn’t happen at an official work or educational site. Therefore it simply doesn’t count. It should, but the government forces it down this way. Just like that who commit suicide and taking the coward’s way out of justice. They don’t count either…unless they were actually working at the time they killed someone else.

Usually the media reports the suicide in this way “The shooter killed 3 employees and wounded several customers before committing suicide. Again 3 are dead at Such and Such plastics and the gunman is dead police have stated. We will update you as details warrant.” If you read the unspoken lines, it states that the perpetrator is secondary and not worth counting in the overall number of dead…because they caused it and are unworthy of being mentioned in the same breath.

Last September was Suicide Prevention awareness Month. While it focused on veterans (20 per day which is horrendous) and teenagers (7 in the month of August in Mesa, AZ which is equally horrendous), neither one reported on very much, that commit suicide on a daily basis. I think we should count those who commit WPV as well. I’m not asking for leniency or sympathy for those people just a little understanding that they think what they are doing makes perfect sense and they completed their task…time to die.

Whether it is a significant other they are trying to ‘punish’ or a co-worker they believe did them wrong, which there are innumerable ways for this including firearms, poison, and vandalism, these people don’t want to face the court system for any reason. Some may have been in prison before for another offense or as I stated above, they have completed their killing…time to go.

If you are wondering how many get arrested and/or willingly give up like the shooter at the library in Clovis New Mexico and the school shooter in Rockford Washington? 33%. The other 1% believes they can get away and run off before being captured and arrested.

Robert D. Sollars assists businesses and their employees to lessen their risk of WPV as well as other security/customer service related issues with time tested and proven ideas. You can follow him on his Facebook page, facebook.com/oneistooomany, or twitter@robertsollars2.

                                       I May be Blind but my Vision is Crystal Clear

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