Apparently, examples of lawful gun owners defending themselves and others don’t warrant much attention.
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the networks highlighted President Obama’s call for more gun control to rein in violence. However, NBC and CBS on Thursday night and Friday morning allowed a mere 43 seconds for the story of a hero doctor who used his own firearm to shoot a crazed gunman in Pennsylvania. Good Morning America reporter Ron Claiborne covered the story in a full report. The ABC journalist recounted, “…A psychiatric patient with a criminal past got into an argument with his caseworker, opened fire on her allegedly and then the doctor pulled out his gun and shot the gunman.”
Former patient Richard Plotts entered the psychiatric wing of the Mercy Fitzgerald hospital and shot his caseworker, Teresa Hunt. Quick thinking Doctor Lee Silverman pulled out his own weapon and hit Plotts twice in the stomach. Claiborne chided, “This morning, it is unclear why Dr. Silverman brought a gun to work, which is against hospital policy.” (Perhaps because he was worried about just this situation?)
The journalist did allow, “But police say Plotts may have done more harm had Dr. Silverman not intervened.” As for Silverman, “…Authorities say it is legal in this state for him to have a gun” and he will not be “the subject of a criminal investigation in this matter.”