As the shock factor of yesterday's story about the armed psychiatrist who stopped a possible mass shooting at a hospital wears off, there are some real questions that need to be asked.
Primarily - will the doctor be fired?
It seems shocking to even be discussing considering the doctor stopped an active shooter inside a gun free zone by... drawing his gun. How does law enforcement feel about the situation? In their own words:
"Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives," said Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux. "Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition."
District Attorney Jack Whelan said the doctor, "from all accounts, would have acted in self-defense".
Logic dictates that the doctor should be treated like the hero he is for taking action and stopping the shooter. Unfortunately, we know from our extensive coverage of defensive gun uses, employees are routinely fired after doing heroic things to defend themselves, defend, their customers / clients / patients, and defend their workplace.
Why? Lawyers. It's always the lawyers.
Like most major companies, Mercy Health Systems has a written code of conduct that addresses firearms on the premises. Mercy's policy states:
And the formal Mercy Health Code of Conduct (available online) goes on to say:
On the surface, this seems like another cut and dried case where the violations of the company policy will get the hero fired. But this hero isn't a store clerk... he's a psychiatrist who is well respected by staff and colleagues. Will that cause a different response from the corporation.
The risk is there but I cannot see Mercy terminating the doctors employment for actions lauded nationally as heroic and life-saving. Let's hope I'm right and this isn't just another case of policy beating common sense.
Before the comments come in about how these codes of conduct violate Second Amendment rights just remember the Second Amendment relates to how the government impacts your life, not how a private business does.