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

Follow up to the PA shooting mentioned earlier today….Case Worker Dead, Two Wounded In Mercy Wellness Center Shooting – FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Armed good guy with a gun, stops a mass shooting. It’s not on the mainstream media news because a successful engagement means there aren’t a dozen dead bodies to gloat over. But now, the doctor who saved the day, may face a loss of his job and his medical license.

-GM

Police believe there was a gunfire exchange between the doctor and suspect. According to Whelan, two guns were retrieved from the scene. The suspect did have psychiatric issues and was a patient, according Whelan. Whelan also says various employees wrestled suspect to the ground.

via Case Worker Dead, Two Wounded In Mercy Wellness Center Shooting – FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV.

Private citizen with a gun holds knife wielding attacker at gunpoint

Gun control advocates say this NEVER happens and never will…

A man was stabbed at a Lynx bus stop Wednesday morning, and a passerby held the alleged attacker at gunpoint for deputies, according to Orange County sheriff’s investigators.

via WFTV speaks to man who held stabbing suspect at gunpoint until… | www.wftv.com.

Armed good Samaritan comes to the aid of purse-snatching victim | khou.com Houston

This lady opens her car door, grabs the woman’s purse and they reverse. While they’re trying to reverse, the lady is holding on to her purse still, chasing them all the way to the middle.”

That’s when a perfect stranger intervened. He happened to be in his car in the parking lot when it happened.

“And that good Samaritan came out, drew his weapon and scared them. And that’s when he pulled them out of the car.”

via Armed good Samaritan comes to the aid of purse-snatching victim | khou.com Houston.

Quite honestly, I’m shocked to see it covered this way. Keep in mind, KHOU is owned by Gannett. The same company that owns the New York Journal News which published an interactive map of New York gun owners complete with names and addresses in 2012.  The bottom line however is that we have a great example of a good guy with a gun and a good use of a gun in which no shots were fired and no one got hurt. It is suspected that this happens far more often than is reported. After all, if no one gets hurt and the attempt to do harm is thwarted, the police may never respond even if called.

GM