I don’t “get” gun-free zones. Not to go all triple negative, but forcible disarmament of a given population is no guarantee that someone who doesn’t adhere to the law/security procedures won’t slip through the net. But it IS a guarantee that those who abide by the law/security procedures will be unarmed in the face of a deadly assault. Hospital doctors are reasonably intelligent people whose livelihoods depend on risk analysis. They can figure that out all on their own. Meanwhile, they encounter the dregs of society on a daily basis (including wounded gang-bangers with pissed-off enemies). So they’re forgiven (by me anyway) for feeling particularly motivated to carry a concealed weapon at their place of work. Which of course they can’t, as Roger Williams Hospital’s spokesman was quick to point out . . .
“While the physician had a permit to carry the firearm, the police were notified as is consistent with the hospital’s zero tolerance policy for firearms. The physician was escorted from the premises and placed on administrative leave. The safety of patients, visitors and staff is our top priority and we take any incidents of this type very seriously.”
Providence police say they did respond to the incident, but at this point there’s no criminal charges.
Funny how that works. Methinks I would not get the same consideration from The Renaissance City’s men in blue under the same circumstances.
More to the point, if the safety of the hospital’s patients, visitors and staff were the medical center’s top priority, they’d allow gun owners with concealed carry permits to defend their lives by exercising their constitutional rights.
BTW: some brainy docs examined the issues of guns in hospitals after a spate of shootings in 2010. sciencedaily.com summarized the findings on the New England Journal of Medicine article Violence in the Health Care Setting:
The rate of assault in all private-sector industries in the United States is two per 10,000, compared to eight per 10,000 at health care workplaces, note Gabor D. Kelen, M.D., and Christina L. Catlett, M.D., in a commentary to be published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
As a result, while hospital shootings get widespread media and other attention, security experts instead should focus their efforts on preventing common everyday assaults in hospitals and other health care facilities, says Kelen, professor and chair of the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.
By that logic, doctors should focus their attention on everyday illness rather than rare diseases or statistically irrelevant accidental injury. Just sayin’ . . .