You’ll want to read this email sent by Greg Fischer’s head of LMEMS to all employees:
From: Richmond, Dr. Neal
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:46 PM
To: EMS-Everyone DL
Subject: Openly-carried firearms
Recently, I received e-mails from a few of you asking whether or not it is now permissible to openly carry firearms to work. I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to all of you directly.
In January, the General Assembly clarified the intent of a law that prohibits Metro Government from regulating openly-carried firearms, ammunition, parts of firearms, components of ammunition, or firearms accessories. Metro Government may, however, regulate concealed-carry firearms or other types of weapons.
I want to make it clear, however, that I do not encourage anyone to openly carry a firearm while on duty at LMEMS. I am gravely concerned about what could happen to you, your partner or others if, during the course of rendering care, a patient or bystander is able to take an openly-carried weapon off your person or from your vehicle and use it against you. This is not a far-fetched idea – in fact, in 2001, a report from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that from 1976-1998, 12% of police who were murdered were killed with their own weapon.
This is a line of work in which we urge personnel not to wear piercings that could be ripped out by unruly patients, or to make sure longer hair is secured out of patients’ reach – a firearm is clearly a much more serious (and deadly) implement to introduce into what is often an already challenging situation. I only ask that you consider your safety and the safety of those around you.
Thanks, and please be careful out there.
Isn’t it a little scary to think that Neal Richmond is allowing untrained employees to openly carry firearms in ambulances?
Nothing against the hardworking LMEMS folks, but, uh… stress much? LMEMS is a disaster with no leadership, overworked staff and ill-equipped trucks. Throwing guns into that mix is a disaster waiting to happen.