NPs & PAs Are Talking – Healthcare’s Ban on Weapons?
Last week, the Facebook
post below caught a lot of attention. What's your opinion?
"Both the American Nurses Association and the American
College of Emergency Physicians have issued calls for a ban on the sale of
assault weapons. Do you think it is the responsibility of healthcare provider
organizations to urge this type of action?"
Some said yes and some said
no. Here's just a few of the comments we received.
"We can all do our part. As nurses, as
humans." - Teanne
"Just stand in a trauma unit for one
night and come back and give me your answer." - Melissa
"Yes! Absolutely! It's everyone's
responsibility to speak up for what they believe!" - Kelli
"Absolutely not. I have stood in the
trauma unit for 15 years and taking away my legal guns, which I carry conceal
because I am licensed to do so, and taking away my rifles, which I enjoy
shooting responsibly, will do nothing to stop the common street thug with an illegal
weapon, other than allow me no protection for myself and my property when I'm
leaving the trauma unit at midnight, sitting at a red light, and getting jacked
by said thug." - Dana
"Most of our ER staff is armed; we
see what's out there. As the Boy Scouts say, be prepared. The bad guys will
always find guns; we need to be able to defend ourselves."
"Absolutely. Prior trauma nurse here
at Miami Dade County. Some individuals have no business having weapons. Period."
"This is definitely not the
responsibility of healthcare provider organizations. This is a civil liberty. I'm
sure many members of the groups do not support a ban. These groups should focus
on healthcare issues." - Rita
"Supporting mental illness awareness
and research would be a wiser choice! Let's be honest, what health professional
has not taken some form of weapon to work with them?" -
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