GOA Calls Out Democrats For Ignoring Story About PA Doctor Who Stopped Mass Shooting

August 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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The following is a press release from Gun Owners of America.

(Springfield, VA) — Gun Owners of America today chided the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding hearings this week to push more gun control, while completely ignoring examples where guns save lives. A recent such case occurred on July 24 in Darby, Pennsylvania.

“Dr. Lee Silverman saved countless lives after he incapacitated a patient who had armed himself, walked past the gun-free zone sign and gunned down a case worker,” said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt.

“The gunman, Richard Potts, hadn’t counted on the fact that his intended target, Dr. Silverman, had defied hospital policy and was carrying a gun of his own.

“Dr. Silverman is a lawful permit holder who regularly carries a handgun. Having come under fire, the doctor crouched behind a desk and shot back, hitting Potts three times in the mid-section.

Authorities have credited Dr. Silverman with stopping a possible mass shooting:

* “Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives,” said Police Chief Donald Molineaux. “Without a firearm, this guy could have [gone] out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition.”

* Similarly, the District Attorney Jack Whelan said that if Dr. Silverman had not brought his handgun to work, then “he’d be dead today, and I believe that other people in that facility would also be dead.”

GOA’s Erich Pratt noted that, “This just shows the failure of gun control. After all, the medical facility is a gun-free zone. No one, except police, can be armed.

“But criminals, thugs and mental wackos don’t care about gun-free zones. They don’t care about gun bans or background checks or anything else that would restrict their ability to illegally possess weapons!” Pratt said.

Further, according to published reports, Potts had a long criminal record and had been involuntarily committed three times over the past few years. Both criteria should have kept him from legally owning or possessing firearms.

“But that disqualification didn’t stop Potts from getting firearms — both the ones recovered at the scene of the crime and the ones at his home,” Pratt said.

“Like ‘ambulance chasers,’ you frequently see the anti-gun Left running to the scenes of tragic shootings and stepping over the dead bodies to call for more gun control. But after the Darby shooting, what did they have to say?

“Absolutely nothing,” Pratt concluded.


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