Skip to comments.Rx: Will doctors be writing firearm prescriptions? [guns for frail-handed people]
Posted on 12/07/2008 2:48:05 AM PST by Parody
Arthritis? Carpal-tunnel syndrome?
A hand injury? If so, a New Jersey company claims it has invented a firearm just for you and that it has received federal approval to market the 9-mm handgun as a "medical device," perhaps even with its cost reimbursable to seniors by Medicare.
Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, N.J., says the Palm Pistol is designed to be fired by people who have disabling conditions that prevent them from holding a normal handgun and pulling the trigger.
"It's something that they need to assist them in daily living," Carmel, who hopes to manufacture the device, told New Scientist. Currently the Palm Pistol is just at the patent stage.
"The justification for this would be no more or less for a walker or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices," he said.
Carmel expects the handgun to become available in 2010. He estimates it will sell for approximately $300. "I've been getting a lot of calls," he said.
According to the website:
The Palm Pistol is an ergonomically innovative single-shot double-action only defensive firearm chambered in 9mm that may be fired using either hand without regard to orientation of the stock. Suited for home defense, concealed carry or as a backup gun. It is also ideal for seniors, disabled or others who may have limited strength or manual dexterity. Using the thumb instead of the index finger for firing, it significantly reduces muzzle drift, one of the principal causes of inaccurate targeting. Point and shoot couldn't be easier.
Constitution Arms reportedly claimed on a medical technology blog to have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the handgun as a medical device specifically, a "daily activity assist device."
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Dangerous-looking contraption. Watch for a bunch of elderly folk missing a few fingers.
(BTW I think this has been posted at least twice before)
“Right to Life”
How about a voice-activated gun-in-a-cane? It fires when you lift the cane and holler “fuego!”
Or maybe “Allah fubar!”
I also REALLY don't like the idea of Medicare getting involved in the firearms industry.
Me neither. The only upside is that the very idea is probably pi$$ing off a lot of liberal physicians. I will do my part by discussing this very idea with the Rheumatologist I work with (who voted for Nader in 2004 and Obama this year).
Imagine the drive bys...
> Right to Life
“First, do no harm.”
Excellent. I will write prescriptions for farmers and animal owners to a)euthanize livestock in emergency situations b)to protect livestock from predators and c)to use to scare crows away from gardens. Just as valid use to write a prescription for weapons as any and veterinarians have just as much right to write prescriptions as do the physicians. An AVMA study placed over 65% of the veterinarians in the conservative block...the liberals are on the left, right and Great lake coasts.
That's what I thought. A Bronco-dilator.