It’s no secret that gun violence causes a great deal of fear and anxiety among public workers – and rightfully so. When it comes to government jobs, the U.S. Marshals Service Center for Judicial Security
reports the number of judicial threat investigations targeting federal courthouses has increased from 592 cases in fiscal year 2003 to 1,258 cases by the end of fiscal year 2011. At the local level, the Center for Judicial and Executive Security (CJES) follows threats against state courts, and their data show that the number of violent incidents (arson, bombings, and shootings) in state courthouses has gone up every decade since 1970. We won’t even begin to get into the tragedies that have occured in our school system over recent years.