You're Safer At the Office

Despite all the recent shootings, workplace homicides are declining

Just one day after a Xerox repairman calmly walked into the company's Honolulu office and allegedly shot seven co-workers to death, the nightmare replayed itself in Seattle. This time the suspect was a camouflaged gunman in his 30s who fatally shot two men at a shipyard and then escaped. Both incidents--along with last July's trading-floor massacre in Atlanta, where an investor killed nine people before turning the gun on himself--attracted extensive live coverage on TV news channels. Anyone tuning in could be forgiven for thinking that the U.S. is in the grip of an epidemic of workplace homicides. Says Barry Glassner,...

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