“Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News didn’t see gun-toting doctors as a new trend. In fact, they said, guns really aren’t the best protection against a violent patient with severe mental illness.” See what they did there? “Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News” implies that the network news folks spoke to a wide-range of mental health experts and came up with a consensus about armed shrinks in light of the Dr. Lee Silverman’s defensive gun use at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Anyone who reads TTAG knows there are plenty of pro-gun MDs who understand the value of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Strange how NBC didn’t manage to find one. But they did find this guy . . .
“My guess is that arming psychiatrists is more likely to be harmful than helpful,” said DJ Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org, a nonpartisan science-based think tank focused on serious mental illness. The weapon mental health professionals would like to have is legislation that makes it easier to commit dangerous patients before a tragedy occurs. “Violence by the mentally ill is always due to them being untreated,” Jaffe said. “We need to change commitment laws. We can’t wait to commit someone until after they become a danger to others.”
Sure. That would have stopped Richard Plotts. Not. At least The American Psychological Association understands their members need to defend themselves and other innocent life through force of arms, if and when necessary. Oh wait . . .
The American Psychological Association said the shooting near Philadelphia was out of the ordinary, but declined to say anything further in response to NBC News.
“The APA has no official position on unusual incidents like this one and has no comment at this time,” said APA spokeswoman Eve Herold.
I wonder why NBC didn’t mention the fact that Mercy Fitzgerald thanked the doctor and assured him that he won’t be disciplined for violating the institution’s code of conduct prohibiting firearms on company grounds. Could it be that the network is anti-firearms freedom? Yeah, that.