I recently had the displeasure of staying overnight in a hospital after having a surgery. The displeasure had nothing to do with surgery. That was a good thing.
The night before surgery I scoured the hospital’s website to see if there was any mention of the hospital being a “gun free zone”. There was no mention on the website that guns were not allowed in the hospital. The closest I came was finding an article that was published about a year prior that when the subject of arming hospital security (at this particular facility) came up that it was voted down.
Upon checking into the hospital Jeff and I both noticed the “No Guns” sign prominently displayed on the automatic sliding glass doors. We looked at each other with that, “yep, I know that was coming” look.
I knew that even though I was going to be on pain medication and not able to get out of bed for a while that there were really no good options of self-protection. Now, don’t get me wrong, even if the hospital were not posted, I was not going to be in any condition to have a defensive pistol at my bedside. I get that part. It was more about the advertisement that “Hey, scumbag, come on in . Our Patients are sitting ducks!” That I had an issue with. Well, that and the fact that they were also prohibiting the most handsome, armed security guard I know (Jeff, I’m referring to you) to be armed too. But, I had to have surgery and there was no way I could go home the same day. so what’s a girl to do?
This girl packed a knife and a flash light into a toiletry bag and kept it on my tray table in arms reach the entire time I was in the hospital which was about a day and a half. The first thing I asked Jeff to grab when I got to the room wa that bag. When I told him what was in it he smiled and said “I love you” with that look of pride. Hey, I wasn’t going down without a fight!
Yesterday the hospital emailed and asked me to fill out a survey about my experience. There were a bunch of questions about
“How did we do?”
“Were we nice?”
Yada, yada, yada… Then I got to the question that made the whole survey worth my precious time to fill out:
“Did you feel safe in our facility?” (or something to that effect.)
The gist of my response was … I was uneasy about my overnight stay in your facility. Upon check in I noticed that the hospital is posted to prohibit the *legal* carry of firearms for self-protection. I also know that your security guards are not armed. I would be interested to know just how the hospital would be able to provide the necessary level of safety for those that are in your care. I for one would feel comfort in knowing that there were people who could protect me in my vulnerable state after undergoing a medically necessary surgery. I am saddened by the blatant disregard that you have for all who enter your facility. We all know that “no gun” signs do not deter criminals from committing violence. I would urge you to revisit your policies and at least arm your security personnel if you continue to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens who carry to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones.
I also should have mentioned that I could recommend some edible brands of gluten-free bread to room service. They stuff the serve has a texture that resembles cardboard, not that I have ever eaten cardboard, but that is pretty much what I imagine it to be like.
I am sure this opinion of deaf ears, but boy do I feel better for speaking my mind!