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    Carl Sparks, RN

    Discussion Topic: How do nurses rectify/justify concealed carry firearms with our do no harm oath?

    I ask as a gun owner. I believe I can justify it by stopping someone who has the intent to harm others.?.?.

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    I justify having my concealed carry license by first do no harm to me or my family. I protect my own fiercely. I would help others without even thinking about it however…my family comes first and foremost. It’s not even a debate in my mind.

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    I don’t plan on ever harming a patient. Carrying a concealed firearm has nothing to do with my job. I took the CCW class and have a permit and concealed carry. That does not mean I plan on harming someone. I will, however, protect my family with deadly force if it ever comes down to it.


    I think the great thing about this country is we do not have to justify our right to carry a firearm, as long as we have gone through the legal obligations to do so and carry the proper license.

    However for the sake of discussion, “Beneficence may be considered to include four components: (1) one ought not to inflict evil or harm (sometimes called the principle of nonmaleficence); (2) one ought to prevent evil or harm; (3) one ought to remove evil or harm; and (4) one ought to do or promote good.” (Miller-Keane, 2003).

    According to the second and third principle, one could argue that having the means to protect the innocent from those who intend to do harm is acting in accordance with their moral oath. The oath, in my opinion, pertains to the act of practicing medicine on and off duty. I swore a different oath to the United States Military that although it is borne from the same principle of beneficence the means by which this oath is upheld are very different.

    To make a long rant short, as long has the firearm is only used as a last resort, with the best intent to prevent evil or harm to others, and to protect the innocent or yourself from bodily harm or death then you can carry your concealed weapon with your oath, and morals fully intact.

    Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. (2003). Retrieved October 9 2015 from

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