Situational awareness might have prevented this…

This video may be disturbing to some. But I’m not posting it as yet another, “This is why we carry guns,” post. It’s about situation awareness. Specifically, the man never should have allowed these two to get this close to him.

-GM

Dr. Lee Silverman praised (rather than persecuted) by Mercy Health Systems

We are thankful for the swift action of Dr. Lee Silverman, Dr. Jeffrey Dekret, John D’Alonzo and the other colleagues and visitors who took brave and difficult action during yesterday’s tragic event. We extend our condolences to Theresa Hunt’s family, and we are praying for Dr. Silverman’s speedy recovery. We look forward to Dr. Silverman’s return to serving patients at our hospital. We will do all we can to support the victims during this difficult time.

We continue to work with the Delaware County authorities to understand fully the details of the event. We are reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure a safe environment. We are committed to serving as a compassionate and healing presence in our communities, and we are grateful for the outpouring of community support

via We are thankful for the swift action of Dr. Lee… – Mercy Health System.

The Mercy Health Systems facility in which this shooting happened has a written policy against employees carrying or possessing guns on the premises. With that in mind, it was feared the good doctor would face termination for cause (violation of written policy) but, for the moment, it appears Mercy Health Systems is applying real common sense, recognizing that were it not for doctor Silverman’s actions, the shooter would have killed or injured many more people.

Mom’s Demand Action, the Brady Campaign, and others of their ilk try their best to downplay or dismiss Silverman’s actions because they have long maintained that no such incident ever has or could be stopped by an armed citizen. Even the media are trying their best to find a way, any way, to continue the mantra, “guns are bad,” by finding any psychiatrist they can to confirm what they want you to hear.

“My guess is that arming psychiatrists is more likely to be harmful than helpful,” said DJ Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org…

“I had a holy cow reaction — a psychiatrist with gun in his office!?” said Dr. Stephen Marder, a schizophrenia expert and director of the section on psychosis at the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The idea of a psychiatrist having a weapon in his desk is entirely new to me. I haven’t heard of anything like it before.”

via Psychiatrists With Guns Likely More ‘Harmful Than Helpful’: Experts

I’m no expert but, it would seem Dr. Silverman and his family might disagree with DJ Jaffe. And I’m pretty sure Dr. Marder’s surprise/disgust/shock is of little concern to Silverman as well.  Dr. Silverman made a decision to defend his life and furthermore, made a decision that his employer’s policy was not in keeping with his own right to defend himself. I am not suggesting that one disregard his employer’s policies but, it is clear that sometimes, employers are far more concerned about civil liability than the safety of their employees.

-GM

Would-be robbery victim kills suspect in Chymistry Bar and Lounge parking lot | abc13.com

The man pulled out a gun of his own and fired. The suspect was killed. No one else was injured.

via Would-be robbery victim kills suspect in Chymistry Bar and Lounge parking lot | abc13.com.

 

If you have to use a gun defensively, we prefer you have a shooting rather than a gunfight. In other words, the fight is over before the bad guy realizes it began and he’s DRT (dead right there).

GM

After years of lecturing the US about guns, Mexico legalizes armed vigilantes…

The government announced Monday that it had reached a deal with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 men under arms.

via Mexico legalizes vigilante groups in Michoacan, welcomes them in fight against drug cartels – CBS News.

As ice forms on my Mustang near Katy, Texas, it seems Hell has officially frozen over. For the last several years, we’ve heard Mexico blame its cartel wars on the United States. And among the many “wrongs” the US has committed, chief among them, according to Mexican heads of state/government, past and present, has been the fact US citizens are “allowed” to own guns. Mexico of course, is a shinning example of what strict gun control laws do to benefit their society.

Well, in what seems to be a shocking reversal, Mexico has legalized the citizens who took up arms to defend their homes and take their streets back from the cartels who held them hostage while Mexican troops and police often just watched. Now, American anti-gunners will note that these people are being institutionalized into a government body known as the Rural Defense Corps. The Mexican equivalent of a militia and one that will be “well regulated” by the government. But, they are ignoring that these are people who have privately acquired, modern rifles such as the AR15, that is usually contraband in Mexico.

Anti-gunnners will likely praise the fact the Mexican government will allow these people to keep their guns if they register them with the Army but, given the corruption so common in Mexican government, it would seem that giving the government a list of who has these modern arms is just as likely to be signing up for a hit list for the cartels. Time will tell but, the irony of the whole situation is striking given the push by our own President and his ilk to try to disarm American citizens at every opportunity. After all, these are the folks who never want a tragedy to go to waste.

New Gun Laws Had No Impact on Arapahoe HS Shooting but, an armed responder on campus did.

“So things like universal background checks, I think they are going to make us safer, but in this specific case aren’t going to make a difference at all,” said Hickenlooper. via The Colorado Observer.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and others of his ilk have had to publicly admit something freedom advocates have said all along…Gun control doesn’t work to prevent tragedies like the Arapahoe High School shooting. In fact, economists Steve Levitt (co-author of Freakonomics) and John Lott (author of More Guns, Less Crime), have both consistently noted none of the gun control measures pushed by the left will do anything to stop crime or prevent mass shootings. Even the President has had to admit this, albeit with his usual spin saying, “As a nation, we can’t stop every act of violence…” but, still decreeing, “…, we must make a change.” As it happens, changes have been made that actually do help and none of them have anything to do with gun control.

Though left-leaning outlets like CNN have consistently failed to report it, the official press releases from the school district and responding agencies all indicate that this tragedy ended abruptly when the bad guy was confronted by an armed resource officer assigned to the Arapahoe High School campus. When Wayne La Pierre and the NRA suggested this very thing following the Sandy Hook massacre, the left predictably went into overdrive saying it was absolutely crazy and spinning the suggestion into arming teachers which they said was even more insane.

Well, it would seem that neither idea, that of an armed-responder on campus nor the armed-teacher, is quite as crazy as the left would have you believe.  Because there was an armed staff member on campus, the entire Arapahoe High School shooting was over in 80 seconds. When met with an armed response, the shooter turned the gun on himself. News reports all indicate the police responded “within minutes” but, the official word is “minutes” means 14 minutes to be exact. The shooting had been over for twelve minutes before the first officers arrived. As the old saying goes, “when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” Still, Hickenlooper insists that even though the new gun control laws didn’t work this time, they’ll work eventually.

-GM