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NPs & PAs Are Talking – Healthcare’s Ban on Weapons?

Published December 20, 2012 1:51 PM by Kelly Wolfgang

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." - Diana
  • "Absolutely. Prior trauma nurse here at Miami Dade County. Some individuals have no business having weapons. Period." - Teresa
  • "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?" - Susan

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Thank-you for the stimulating topic. The diversity of the answers indicates yet again the division within the Nursing Profession. Maybe as a collective group we should stand together to develop or demand a better working environment (wages, staffing, patient volume, greater autonomy, etc.), instead of attempting to divide ourselves even further with topics such as gun control.

Once we are seen and treated as the Professionals’ we are, that maybe the time to express our collective concerns about serious issues within our communities such as the Obesity Epidemic. Grant

Grant Hall March 17, 2013 7:50 AM

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