This is in response to Jennifer Thews April 8 opinion regarding nurses helping to focus the gun debate, For Safetys Sake (Nurse.com/Article/Upfront-Guns).
As an RN, retired law enforcement officer, current military officer and gun owner, I support nurses educating gun owners in the safe handling of firearms.
As professionals, we need to avoid the emotional debates and realize that gun safety as a public health issue is no different than discussing seat belt and car seat usage for a car owner.
This does require, however, that nurses become educated in the safe handling of firearms and learn to approach gun safety education in a non-judgmental manner.
Some nurses might have to push outside their comfort zone to learn about firearms.
Thank you for raising this important issue.
James Shelley, RN, MS