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After the office door was closed, staff members at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital reported hearing loud arguing inside.  The staff opened the door and saw a patient holding a doctor and caseworker at gunpoint.  They immediately dialed 911.  Gunshots were heard a short time later.  The caseworker was shot and killed by the gunman.  The doctor was grazed by the gunfire, and promptly pulled out his own gun and returned fire.  When the patient emerged from the office, he was wrestled to the floor and disarmed by another doctor and caseworker.  The suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds, but was reportedly expected to recover.  The doctor was expected to recover from his wounds as well.  Many praise the doctor's actions, which likely saved lives.  The responding police chief said of the incident, "Without that firearm, this guy [the patient] could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices [shooting] until he ran out of ammunition." (Bucks County Courier Times, Darby, PA, 7/25/14)

This month's posting reflects an example from "studies [which] indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances.  Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or in some cases, property."

Reproduced from NRA's October 2014 edition of American Hunter magazine. (www.americanhunter.org)

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