Skip to comments.A Bullet a Day Keeps the Doctor Alive
Posted on 07/28/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
You and I avoid visiting the doctor by eating well. Doctors like Lee Silverman carry concealed in order to care for us when we do need them.
Doctors and medical professionals should be allowed to carry concealed. Last week, a psychiatrist named Dr. Lee Silverman technically broke the letter of the law by carrying concealed at work. He courageously saved innocent lives by pulling his trigger on a mad gunman before anyone else scarcely had time to dial 911.
On July 24, a 49-year-old patient of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital smuggled a loaded firearm into the Darby, Pennsylvania medical complex. Richard Plotts pulled out his gun during his appointment with his caseworker and psychiatrist and began firing.
Plotts caseworker 53-year-old Barbara Hunt suffered several bullet wounds to her head and died almost immediately. Dr. Silverman reached for his own firearm and fired at Plotts from behind his desk. After an exchange of fire, another doctor and a caseworker helped Dr. Silverman pin Plotts to the ground. Dr. Silvermans temple and thumb were both grazed by bullets. Plotts was in stable condition after receiving surgery to treat his wounds.
Plotts may have subliminally tipped Dr. Silverman off to his violent outburst by complaining about Mercy Fitzgerald Hospitals ban on guns during a previous appointment. A conscientious gun owner, Dr. Silverman was ready when Plotts returned.
Local police said that prior to Plotts shooting rampage he had been committed to a mental health facility on three separate occasions. Plotts also had a turbulent criminal record that included drug and assault charges and a minimum of four prior gun arrests.
Thankfully, Dr. Silvermans bravery and quick-thinking were immediately applauded by Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan: I believe that if the doctor did not have a firearm, [and] the doctor did not utilize the firearm, hed be dead today, and I believe that other people in that facility would also be dead. Whelan also told the press: We believe the doctor was acting in self-defense.
This tragic case offers further proof that gun free zones fail to stop violent criminals who suffer from mental illness. With the exception of law enforcement officers, guns are banned at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Both Dr. Silverman and Mercy Health Systems spokeswoman were initially unwilling to discuss the doctors decision to violate the hospitals anti-gun policy and carry at work.
A similar case
About one year ago, on July 3, 2013, a Kansas-area elementary school gym teacher named Daniel Nagel was fired and threatened with a year of imprisonment for taking the same risk that Dr. Silverman took at work.
I interviewed Nagels family shortly after the incident. Nagel took the risk of carrying concealed because he was proficient in the use of firearms; because the schools entrances were unguarded and highly permeable; and because the recent Newtown shooting gave him a heightened level of concern for his students safety. Like Dr. Silverman, Nagel was willing to take a bullet for those under his care.
Unfortunately, one day, a fellow gym teacher (and a friend of many years who once told Nagel: We should be allowed to carry in class; if you decide to carry in class, Ive got your back!) thought she saw the shadow of a firearm under Nagels clothing. For no apparent reason, she panicked and rushed into the principals office declaring that she was terrified because Nagel had a firearm.
Despite community outrage from parents and a petition signed by thousands of Americans, the school decided to end Nagels teaching contract.
Hopefully Mercy Health System will utilize more common sense and keep Dr. Silverman on staff. After all, Dr. Silverman proved that a firearm (within reach) a day keeps mentally ill gunmen at bay.
So how did Plotts obtain a firearm? Aren’t there laws against this sort of thing? Shouldn’t we have more of those?
When is the good doctor going to be prosecuted for having a gun in a "no gun zone" and shooting a "poor, helpless" patient? /sarc
I'm sure the lib moron shysters must be chomping at the bit.
Doctor Who Stopped Shooting Spree Will Not Lose His Job, is Praised by Hospital
July 27 2014
by Dan Cannon
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As I understood it, he didn’t actually break the law but violated hospital policy?
The police commented him for saving lives
I hope they commended him as well.
Good for the hospital administration for using common sense
The idea that people who are armed are safer than people who are NOT armed in the event of a maniac trying to attack them is so self-evident that only a statist leftist with a hidden agenda can reject it.
u heard about the Cedar Rapids/Solon IA a week back.. where 5 yoots met up with 2 CC’s...? the Cedar Rapids Gazette buried the CC’s part in the arrest...
Liberal response: "We need to make another gun law..."
I live in CR and work in IC, and only heard about it from a friend of the CC that I work with.
Iowa City Press Citizen said “With the help of some Solon residents, who alerted officers to the suspects’ location”.
If ‘I have them here, held at gunpoint’ means ‘alerting to location’, then that is what happened...