Thanks for getting back to me Dennis. It's unfortunate for us that the policy decided was to post, but I would like to address a few points below. Thanks for hearing me out one last time.
1. Believing guns do not belong in the work place is one thing, but actually enforcing it and stopping them from coming in is another. Unfortunately, criminals do not care if that's how you feel. As I mentioned, GHCU doesn't have metal detectors or armed security guards, so the policy is nothing more than a "feel good" policy that ultimately has no effect in keeping criminals out or stopping crime from happening. You can also have a policy that doesn't allow weapons to be carried by employees while still allowing your law-abiding customers to carry.
2. I have been trying to find information on this, and I have yet to find any states that do that. I saw a couple states initially banned it in banks, but they have since lifted the ban after realizing how uneventful allowing CCW is, and how much better off it is with allowing it. States that allow it are WI, MA, FL, TX, KS, IN, OH, MN, UT, AZ, CA, NC, and the list goes on.
3. Feeling safer and actually being safer are 2 different things. It may be a policy that makes people "feel safe", but it doesn't actually make anyone safer.
4. CCW holders are not cops. We are not bodyguards for the public. We avoid confrontation, and a firearm is our last resort. We are not there to be a hero and save the day from a bank robber who wants only money. In such a scenario we will be a good witness and nothing more. However, not all criminals who might come into a bank are there to take money and not hurt anyone. As I mentioned before, sometimes criminals harm people just because they are there or because they can. Any amount of training your staff have had will not stop this or protect your customers. What if an estranged husband of one of your employees decides he's going to kill himself but decides to first go to GHCU and kill his wife and take as many other people with them as they can? This stuff actually happens, with the most recent incident being a hair salon in california. One of the most famous was the shooting in a texas restaurant where the man stalked and killed 26 people inside before killing himself. What if the bank robbers decide they need a hostage, so they take my child? No amount of training your staff have done can stop that or prevent the above scenarios. Their training will not save my wife or my child.
Realize that all of the above are the reasons the city of west bend decided NOT to post weapons bans in any city buildings or village hall. They understood the facts. They understood that statistically, a CCW holder is 57,000 times more likely to save their own life or the life of another, than to accidentally harm an innocent person. (This statistic is based upon CDC and BATFE data from 2001-2010) In fact, as an innocent bystander, you are 12 times more likely to be killed by police than by a CCW citizen.
We realize that in our lifetimes the chances of this happening are low, and thankfully we will likely never need to protect ourselves in that way. But the difference is, we choose to have that option should the unthinkable ever happen. Because then at least we have a chance. So often you hear "it's such a nice town I can't believe it happened" or "it's so shocking we never thought that would happen here". So, we have chosen to at least have the chance to save ourselves and not be defenseless victims should that horrible situation arise.
Thanks again for your time, and while I realize what I've said here probably won't change anything, I at least had to try as we really do like GHCU.