Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay must have missed the part of her medical school training in which they covered the Hippocratic Oath and the doctor’s duty to first, do no harm. The Selinsgrove (Pennsylvania) Area School Board member took to a private Facebook group recently and vowed to take deadly aim at anyone who approaches her without wearing a face mask.
From pennlive.com . . .
Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay posted the comment in reaction to a picture of anti-lockdown protesters last week in Harrisburg, many of whom are not wearing masks. She wrote: “I find it interesting that the largest group of the participants in the anti-lockdown protest and refusing to wear masks in public as they see it as a violation of their constitutional rights are among those against a form of gun regulations.
“As a concerned carry-permitted gun owner, if you refuse to wear a mask and try to come within 6 feet of me or my family, I will exercise the same constitutional rights to shoot you.”
Private discussion or not, like just about everything on a social media site, the good doctor’s intemperate threat was shared and locals aren’t amused. Some have called for her to resign from the school board. In response to the kerfuffle, the raging Rager-Kay — a self-described “lay minister” — issued a standard non-apology apology.
The medical doctor who last year ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the state House seat that became vacant when Republican Fred Keller was elected to Congress on Monday issued this statement: “I would like to publicly apologize to anyone offended by my recent post regarding the hypocrisy of those who refuse to wear face masks yet walk around openly carrying guns.
Dr. Rager-Kay then sought to define the threat of death or bodily harm down, offering this justification for vowing to kill anyone who could potentially infect her or her loved ones with the coronavirus.
“I am in a profession where the threat of someone approaching me not wearing a mask while in the midst of a pandemic is equivalent to the threat against my life. Just as it would be if they approached me with their gun drawn and pointed at me.
A jury of her peers would no doubt see it that way in a court of law if she ever made good on her promise. But wait, she wasn’t finished rationalizing her death threat.
“Bioterrorism is, however, a real threat and refusal to prevent and/or the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents by not wearing a mask during a global pandemic is a clear example. I am sorry if my words were offensive or derogatory in any way. My concern and compassion for human life got the best of me.”
Uh huh. It was her unremitting compassion for human life that caused her to threaten to kill others.
Dr. Rager-Kay would like the local community to know that she made the threat against approaching strangers with all due care and affection.
“My post was described as hateful, but hateful suggests a lack of love. And to me, lack of love is demonstrated by refusing to wear a mask out of love for those you encounter.”
Rager-Kay says she has no plans to resign from the local school board.