Last week, an armed Pennsylvania doctor was able to wound and subdue a crazed shooter who had already killed one person at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Philadelphia. All of this took place in a “gun free zone”. The doctor’s decision to violate the hospital’s gun ban by bringing a weapon to work likely saved many lives.
Yet you won’t hear any of this in the mainstream media, who are bending over backwards to ignore the “gun free zone” aspect of the story. The New York Times coverage doesn’t mention the hospital’s gun ban at all. The NPR report glosses over the ban, barely bringing it up. Many mainstream news outlets didn’t even report this amazing story in the first place.
Here is how the shooting went down.
The gunman, Richard Plotts, was at a scheduled appointment with Dr. Lee Silverman and his caseworker, Theresa Hunt. Plotts, who has extensive mental health issues and a prior criminal background, pulled out his handgun and shot Hunt in the head, killing her instantly.
He then turned his gun on Dr. Silverman, not realizing that the doctor was carrying a semi-automatic of his own. After a fierce gun battle in which both Silverman and the gunman were wounded, another caseworker rushed in and was able to wrestle the gunman to the ground and subdue him.
Dr. Silverman was violating the hospital’s anti-gun policy by bringing a firearm to work. Yet thanks to his defiance of the policy, a catastrophe was averted.
The local police chief confirmed this, saying: “Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives. Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition.”
This story perfectly illustrates the silliness of “gun free zones”. Yet you won’t find any mention of the hospital’s gun ban in much of the mainstream media articles about the case.