Oct 27, 2021 UPDATE: Hornady Reverses Course- Read More HERE.
The contents of a letter sent on October 11th, 2021, were made public and has landed the ammunition manufacturer Hornady in hot water. You may or may not agree with it, but this is my personal opinion on the situation.
Joe Biden Workplace V*x Mandate:
Hornady Manufacturing Company is based in Nebraska-based and is well-known in shooting sports circles for producing quality ammunition. The most recent report shows Hornady employees more than 200 employees.
Steve Hornady addressed the company's stance on President Biden's workplace v*x mandate. The general guidance sent by the President is on the White House website and reads:
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.
The threat to business owners of over 100 employees that fail to obey includes a fine of $14,000 per employee who doesn't accept the injection.
Hornady Employee Directive:
In the letter from Steve Hornady, he tells his employees that the anticipated deadline to get the entire workforce in compliance is December 8th. To meet that deadline, employees need to capitulate by receiving their second dose of the shot no later than November 10th.
Steve Hornady urges all his employees to “please, please, please get the v*x.”
The letter explains that onsite pokes will be available to any employee who wants to keep their job. Steve says:
This is a good place to work, and I value the contribution each of you makes for this company. We are on track to have an even better year than last. We do not want you or us to be faced with career devastating decisions in the final days before this mandate is in effect.
I am not sure “an even better year than last” is an excellent justification to set aside trivial things like personal liberty and bodily autonomy. But that's just me.
In the second paragraph of Steve Hornady's letter, we find one possible reason for the company to follow Biden's tyrannical edict.
He says, “…it is possible even more requirements will be imposed, based on our contracts with the U.S. Government. The federal government has some additional leverage based on the contracts Hornady has with them.
I get that Steve Hornady runs a business responsible for providing hundreds of employees with a paycheck. That is a heavy burden to carry, no doubt.
Will employees go without wages if the company bucks Biden's order? Maybe, if the mandate overcomes the current legal challenges.
However, we know that if an employee of Hornady doesn't want to get jabbed, he will, FOR SURE, go without wages.
I'm assuming Steve Hornady has deliberated on the topic extensively before making his decision, and this isn't something he hasn't considered.
It is my opinion that this mandate has nothing to do with public safety or health, any more than an “assault rifle” ban does.
If it were about public health, would it make sense to fire nurses and doctors during a health crisis?
If public health were a concern, we would disapprove of firing people who've developed antibodies naturally. Yet they are. Why?
It is always about people taking advantage of a situation to gain more power, sow division, make money, and exercise control.
Steve Hornady recognizes this fact and says that “it goes way beyond a health measure…” But “there is nothing we (and ultimately you) can do to avoid this.”
I don't envy Steve Hornady's position, or hundreds of thousands of other employers are in because of a misguided order.
I also thank God that my employer isn't forcing me to choose between bodily autonomy and wages.
Every one of us has and will continue to face tribulation in life; it is a guarantee.
Sometimes it seems as though we face decisions where either choice is wrong, and either option is suitable. What can we do?
In a book called The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat tells the story of the Captain of a British Naval ship in World War II.
The Captain must make a decision. Either continue with the mission of dropping depth charges on a Nazi U-Boat which was wreaking havoc or stop and rescue floating survivors of a sinking ship.
Should he continue and attempt to destroy the U-Boat, which in the long run could save more lives, and after all was his initial mission, or stop to rescue who he could.
He decides to continue and attempt to destroy the Nazi U-boat. Was that the right choice? I guess it depends on who you ask.
What/Who Guides Your Decisions?
A better question is, how did the Captain live with the results of his decision?
If unchanging principles guide us, making decisions becomes more straightforward, even if the outcome is not pretty or will lead to personal trouble.
Whether it be the British Captain, Steve Hornady, or your decision to comply with the mandate or not, you must live with the ramifications of your choice.
The mandate should prompt us all to self-evaluate.
Look inside to see what is guiding you in big and small decisions. Trouble abounds when we use situational ethics to govern our choices. We should test to see if we are looking to preserve ourselves above doing the right thing.
Self-doubt and regret often go hand in hand with decisions made against our good conscience.
Therefore, though it may seem counter-cultural, I seek to align every one of my decisions with unchanging, Biblical principles and in seeking wise counsel. Taking advice into consideration with proper prudence, and seeking God's guidance in heeding the prompting of His Holy Spirit. This way, regardless of the outcome, I am at peace with the outcome come what may.
I am not attempting to presume the reasoning behind Steve Hornady's choice.
Agree or disagree; it's all good. Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments.