I post this message a short time ago, and was amazed at the lack of response to it
I can only think of two reasons (General) that would explain the lack of response to this issue. (1) I posted it in a "Wrong" area. or (2) there is a huge lack of concern for this issue. I am posting this here, in the hope that it was my error, and not a lack of concern on Nursing Professionals
Have you ever looked down the barrel of e 9mm pistol in the E.R.? I have several times. Not to mention 38 Cal. pistols, "Sawed
Off" Shotguns, Saturday Night Specials (25 Cal.), Knives, 2X4 boards with nails in the business end, etc. etc. etc. I have worked
E.R.'s from New York to New Mexico and many places in between. It appears to me that that the #1 reason for these occurences, is "Illegal Gun Possession" but the #2 reason is, I feel, Hospital Policy. In the Guise of Patient Relations. The Hospital has it's "Disclaimer" by posting signs that state what can and cannot be brought into the Hospital. Then Hospital Administration burries it's head in the sand and leaves us all exposed to this type behavior. When these inequities are pointed out to Administration, They ask, "What would you like us to do, search everyone who enters the hospital?"
Not a bad idea from my perspective, but I can certainly understand why they wouldn't want to do this(Too many Lawsuits
) So then what would be my solution?? How about Metal Detectors, (I have seen them in some E.R.s) Armed Security, (I have worked in many E.R.s that have these) it depends on how well trained and there utilization, of these personel! Of course cracking down on Illegal Gun Possession is a very important factor. (I am a legal, licence carrying, Gun Owner) so please don't tell me how getting rid of all guns would solve the problem. Take the guns completely out of criminals hands first, then I might consider giving up my Right to Own and Carry. Thank you all in advance for any Input, stories, etc. In the hope that there will be a much larger response here