Concealed Carry...as a nurse? - page 3

by mcknis

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With the current news over gun control and gun rights legislation being pushed through Congress as a result of the tragedies of Aurora, CO, Newtown, CT and the others like them, the thought of concealed carry among healthcare... Read More


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    My state doesn't require a permit to carry. I do not carry at work, since it is against hospital policy to have a weapon on your person. It would most definitely make my scrubs sag, anyhow.

    To the poster who suggested leaving the law-enforcing to the police: the Supreme Court has ruled that it is not the role of the police to intervene in violent situations. They often do, but if they do not they are not liable. Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=0
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_v._District_of_Columbia
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    I currently do not have a gun or a permit for Concealed Carry.
    I would like to learn and to eventually have both.
    I enjoyed target shooting in archery in college and would most likely enjoy it with guns.
    I don't know if I would ever "carry" but strongly would like to have the option.

    Why don't I have either yet? time and money!
    To safely & responsibly own a gun and carry one, I feel one must take all available safety courses, one must have a firearm that is suitable for themselves (ex. I have small, weak hands so a huge gun would be difficult for me to handle properly), and one must practice frequently to stay proficient. I think too many folks with hand guns buy them and never really become skilled in their use, just leaving them locked up in case of an emergency! I don't have the time or the $$ to do what I think should be done to be a responsible gun owner.

    Would I "carry" at work? Nope. I work Labor & Delivery and have few conflicts there. However, depending on my commute, I might "carry" in my car and elsewhere.

    My son, the father of two little girls, has his permit and "carries" wherever he goes with them. He would defend them at any cost! And he fits my requirements to be a responsible owner by taking courses, frequently going to the gun ranges to keep up on his skills, and keeping them safely secured in his home.
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    I carry everywhere I go except for both my jobs, as it is against policy to have a weapon on you at work or in the building. Our security is unarmed and yes the police are only minutes away. In the few minutes it takes to get to you a lot of damage and carnage can occur from a assailant with a handgun holding 10 rounds and extra clips or a rifle with a 10 round mag and extra clips. I currently carry concealed S&W M&P 40 10 round clip and 2 spares. I am a firefighter/paramedic and a nurse, son of a police officer. I understand the rules or gun ownership and the safety requirements of owning a gun. I feel there is nothing wrong with a weapon on your ankle just in case. Although I cannot, will not do it at work. I love my job too much.
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    Good day everyone:

    While I do not believe I would carry to school or work for various reasons, I would like to share the 2nd Amendment is about the people (of any amount of training) being able to bear arms. It is not just for the police, military, or specially trained persons; nor is it about hunting.

    Thank you.
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    Wow - hot topic, right? But that's pretty much guaranteed when the discussion veers into political or religious territory.

    Nothing very wise to add but just an observation. I know of many many many (etc) E.D. nurses that have CC permits. Many are now carrying tasers. I have no knowledge as to whether they have them in the workplace, but I certainly wouldn't want to step into any area Emergency dept and threaten the staff.... you'd undoubtedly be re-enacting the Alamo within seconds.

    Went to lunch not long ago with a colleague who proudly showed off her 'very stylish' handbag with built in zip compartment for her handgun (which was tucked away inside). She had been the victim of a violent mugging in a remote hospital parking lot after leaving work - which resulted in a lasting motivation to protect herself. Can't say I blame her.
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    I am from Canada, where guns for anything other than hunting are VERY uncommon. Because of this and the general laid-back, non-violent mentality there I used to be pretty anti-gun. My opinion on that has changed quite a bit, especially since I moved to a city with a substantially higher violent crime rate. And since I became a mother. I would die, or kill with no hesitation for that little girl, if anyone were to threaten her safety.

    There was recently a possibility I might get a job at an inner city hospital, night shift. When my fiance found out he started gun shopping for me. The idea of me walking to and from my car in the parking lot in the dark scared him, and he wanted me to be able to defend myself. When I asked him about getting a taser instead, he explained how you have one shot with a taser, and however many your clip will hold with a gun. Since I have terrible aim, and would also like to be able to stay safe, I agreed on the gun.
    I would definitely not bring it on whatever unit I worked. I would leave it in a locked place. It would not be for use DURING work.

    I just don't get, with all the threads we see on AN about violence against nurses, threats made to us by disgruntled patients and their families, etc...Why is it so crazy to want to protect ourselves?
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    Almost everyone I know carries a gun, at least in their vehicle. I do. I would never bring it in work, but wish I could. You never know what is going to happen! Sadly, the world is a crazy place and I don't trust it.
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    I have been carrying before CC came about . I carry everywhere including work. I have only used my revolver once and that was to frighten a guy who attempted to rob me, he ran off.
    Wanna know why there is a 2nd amendment ? Read history, the most prolific murderers in the world have always been and will always be governments. Murder by the millions, men women, and children. Read history.
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    Quote from macawake
    To me there would be something seriously awry with a world where a nurse or a physician in a civilian setting carries a gun at work. Besides, it would weigh down my scrub pants and completely ruin my flattering attire My opinion is leave the "law-enforcing" to the law enforcement officers.
    Tuck a gun into scrub pants. That try to fall down under the weight of my phone. Sounds super safe!

    Quote from Jeweles26
    There was recently a possibility I might get a job at an inner city hospital, night shift. When my fiance found out he started gun shopping for me. The idea of me walking to and from my car in the parking lot in the dark scared him, and he wanted me to be able to defend myself.
    Safest I ever felt walking to and from a hospital parking lot was at THE inner city hospital. There's a cop every few feet there. All less likely to shoot me than I am to shoot myself or to lose my gun to someone who would then shoot me.

    Quote from Kdrenee
    Almost everyone I know carries a gun, at least in their vehicle. I do. I would never bring it in work, but wish I could. You never know what is going to happen! Sadly, the world is a crazy place and I don't trust it.
    I'm shocked how many people think it's safe to leave a gun in their car. Because if your car is broken into, arming the person is the thing to do?
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    Quote from wooh
    Tuck a gun into scrub pants. That try to fall down under the weight of my phone. Sounds super safe!

    I'm sure there are some kind of holster you can buy that would be safely concealed under baggy scrubs. Someone else mentioned an ankle holster or something similar.


    Safest I ever felt walking to and from a hospital parking lot was at THE inner city hospital. There's a cop every few feet there. All less likely to shoot me than I am to shoot myself or to lose my gun to someone who would then shoot me.

    Well the hospital I am talking about certainly did not seem to have increased police presence when I visited. Maybe there are more at night. But either way, someone who is going to attack me is likely to have a weapon. I have a much better chance of protecting myself if I also have a weapon, even if there is a risk of them stealing it from me, than if I am completely unarmed except for my heavy purse. I just can't see myself purse-slapping someone aiming a gun or knife at me...

    I'm shocked how many people think it's safe to leave a gun in their car. Because if your car is broken into, arming the person is the thing to do?

    Someone who is already performing a high-risk illegal activity is unlikely to have a weapon on their person to begin with? And on that note, how many car thieves stick around and wait for the car's owner to come back so they can rob THEM?
    Just my opinion I guess
    Last edit by uRNmyway on Jan 30, '13 : Reason: Quoting issues
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