A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Should hospital security guards carry guns or night sticks?


Hospital security guards carried night sticks instead of guns in PERSONAL BAGGAGE because, as described in Chapter 4 of Spring, in 1991 these big men wearing official-looking uniforms with short clubs and walkie-talkies attached to their belts were able to quiet any dispute in the nursing units within which Penny Pewitt worked.

The Sunday Times, Feb. 3, 2013, quoted David Mountain, immediate past president of the AMA: “Things have gotten a lot worse, a lot more violent….There are people with guns, swords, knives, axes, cleavers and other sharp objects on a regular basis.”

Many states, by law, allow businesses to post No-Guns-Allowed signs. In states that issue permits, if you can otherwise legally carry a gun and there is no sign posted, it is perfectly legal to take your gun into a hospital. However, if you carry the gun unconcealed you will probably be detained by security or asked to leave.

The Nashville Tennessean, April 15, 2013 states, “Guns are on the docket in Congress and dozens of state legislatures…in the wake of December’s killing of 26 students and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.” One issue is whether the Second Amendment’s right to keep a gun for self-defense extends outside the home. “The challenges are a natural outgrowth of the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which upheld the right to possess firearms in the home for self-defense but left a wide berth for restrictions.”

More than any other type of institution, a hospital must convey a sense of safety and security. While administration wants a discrete security system, reasoning that extreme measures will raise fear in both the staff and patients, security departments usually prefer maximum exposure (security guards, closed circuit TV, card access, etc.). Compromise must be reached to ensure the security of the hospital without barbed wire fences and metal detectors.

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Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
"... they were expensive on such short notice.” “Paying substitutes for two days would probably cost more—I just thought it would be something we could do together, you know. But don’t worry about the money; our stocks are going great guns.” “What do you think we should do about ..."

Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
"... stumbling over her own feet. Dr. Benson laughed like a machine gun. “Looks like you’re in for a big night. Slow down, Penny! Rushing won’t help; it clouds your judgement. I’ll go see if I can convince the Supervisor that you need some help up here.” “Thanks! Maybe you’ll ..."

Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
"... it on the top of my foot. It was heavy as a cannonball.” “You women carry everything in your purses.” “She showed me her gun.... She carries a gun in her purse.” Johnny set the bottle of vodka on the counter, then filled two glasses with ice and Diet Coke. Into one, he dumped ..."

Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
"...Wide awake after sleeping most of the day, Penny lay crushed beneath a stack of quilts, listening to ominous sounds from outside: cracking limbs—like gunshots, followed by sliding branches and the tinkling of ice crystals hitting the ground, and vague explosions as whole trees splintered and broke under their loads. ..."

"... out for him. Your son’s name is Bob Fox, right?” Penny thought the second guard looked just as tough, if not tougher, than Tony. They carried night sticks and walkie talkies, but no guns. She walked to the desk with Mr. Crouch. “I don’t hear any music,” he said. “Is this a ..."

Chapter 26: Chapter Twenty-Six
" the strain. She drew back her right arm and released the string as soon as a head cleared the attic floor. The arrow crashed against the far wall and a man’s shoulders came into view, turned toward the noise. He raised his arms, cradling a gun with both hands. ..."
"...Grabbing a handful of small metal balls from her son’s discarded Pachinko machine, she lobbed them, one by one, toward the opposite side of the attic, but his eyes must have adjusted to the dark. Holding pressure against his neck with one hand, his other hand pointed the gun straight at Penny. ..."

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