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By Doug Book,  editor

 On July 24th, Dr. Lee Silverman, a Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Psychiatrist from Darby, Pennsylvania saved the lives of uncounted hospital workers and patients by shooting Richard Plotts, a mentally disturbed patient and felon.  While in Silverman’s office, Plotts pulled a hidden gun and killed Theresa Hunt, a 53 year old hospital caseworker who had accompanied Plotts to Dr. Silverman’s office.  Upon the shot being fired by Plotts, Silverman ducked behind his desk, pulled a pistol he keeps in a drawer and returned fire, hitting Plotts three times and ending the criminal’s would-be killing spree. Plotts was in critical condition and undergoing surgery on Thursday night.

 “Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives,” said Donald Molineux , Chief of the Yeadon Police Dept.

 “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.”

 So Dr. Silverman is a HERO, right? Well, maybe not so much. This is how Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital officials responded to the incident:

 “It was not clear why Silverman, a doctor for nearly 25 years, was armed at the office. Bernice Ho, a spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald, said Thursday it was against hospital policy for anyone other than security guards to carry weapons.”

 ”We are grateful for the efforts of the emergency responders, and we are working with the Delaware County police departments to understand fully the details of the event and to do all we can to assist those affected,” hospital officials said in a statement.   

 Not one mention or word of thanks for Dr. Silverman, except, of course, to wonder why he had a gun stowed in his desk! By the time the “Emergency Responders”–to whom hospital officials were so grateful—arrived on the scene, Plotts could have killed an additional 5, 6, 8 people? Who knows!

 Instead, according to hospital witnesses, “Guys with helmets and automatic weapons kept jumping out of their cars;” “They came in with guns drawn…”

 But it was all over. The SWAT teams no doubt scared the Hell out of everyone on the scene, but accomplished nothing else.

 It will be interesting to see how Mercy Fitzgerald handles the episode. Will they dismiss a hero who saved God knows how many lives because he refused to follow the “gun free zone” policy of his place of work?






Colorado Governor Hickenlooper looks at November defeat thanks to lying about anti-gun ways

By Doug Book, editor

Anyone wishing to explore the workings of the hoplophobic mind needs only consider the actions of the 2013, Colorado legislature. First time violators of the state’s new gun legislation face up to one year in prison. Yet a real life criminal who commits a felony while in violation of the law is subject to only 18 months.  This makes an armed robber just 33% more worthy of punishment than the law abiding citizen who also happens to own a 20 round magazine. Disgraceful.

Yet Colorado politicos couldn’t have been happier with their knee-jerk attempts to intimidate Centennial State gun owners after the 2012 killings in Newtown, Connecticut. Included in the 2013 gun control legislation signed into law by Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper were requirements for universal background checks, new demands for mental health reporting and prohibitions against “large capacity” magazines—that is, of over 15 round capacity.  (1)

Though it’s been a year since the law went into effect, Gov. Hickenlooper has spent the last few months running from his signature on it, not wanting to join 2 Democrats recalled from office and another forced to retire as a result of their own anti-gun ways. Last month, at an Aspen forum, Hickenlooper told sheriffs’ representatives that he had no idea that the overwhelming majority of their peers were so strongly opposed to the then, proposed legislation. It was news to Hickenlooper that these same representatives wanted to meet with him prior to his signing the legislation into law.  (2)

He also had “no idea” that the overwhelming majority of the state’s sheriffs had publically vowed to NOT enforce the terms of the legislation. As Colorado’s, Milwaukee county sheriff David Clark Jr. put it to FOX News host Jeanine Pirro: “I wouldn’t enforce those laws because I don’t want to get shot, because the American people are going to put up with so much before they’re going to push back.” (3)

Hickenlooper also claimed that rumors of conversations between himself and anti-gun loon Michael Bloomberg just prior to the legislation becoming law were simply not true. However, records of 2 calls to Hickenlooper from Bloomberg were discovered after the filing of an open records request.

Besieged with questions, the governor finally “…admitted his office did not research the gun legislation until after it was passed. Governor Hickenlooper said he didn’t realize it was going to cause such controversy and had he known he would not have endorsed the new gun laws without more research.” (4)

Apparently the governor MISSED those endless days of autos circling the state capitol with horns blaring as the people of Colorado registered supreme displeasure with the gun-grabbing intentions of their liberal legislators. The assault against and reaction by gun owners had been THE television news story for months. But it was all news to Hick.

And now, as a result of apparently having spent the past year under a rock, Hickenlooper faces the political fight of his life as a Rasmussen poll shows Republican candidate Bob Beauprez in a 44%-44% tie with the absent minded governor. It took Beauprez just one week to catch Hickenlooper after winning the nomination from a crowded field of GOP contenders. (5)

Keep the lies coming, governor. Maybe you’ll take a few more Democrat legislators down with you.


FBI still on trial over “lost” evidence from Oklahoma City Bombing

By Doug Book, editor

Though few are aware of it, on July 28th trial will be held in the Salt Lake City courtroom of Federal Judge Clark Waddoups to resolve the issue and disposition of video footage taken by surveillance cameras mounted on the Alfred P. Murrah building just before 9:02 A.M. April 19, 1995—the very moment of the Oklahoma City bombing. Plaintiff and Attorney Jesse Trentadue has spent years trying to obtain that footage from the FBI via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings. The Bureau admits the video’s existence, but claims both the cameras and video to have somehow been “lost.”

Trentadue has also demanded the FBI turn over video from 20 additional surveillance cameras mounted on buildings in the Murrah’s vicinity. After he prevailed in a lawsuit, the FBI at last provided Trentadue the video produced by these cameras. But Trentadue found the video from each camera had been meticulously edited, second by second, in order to conceal both the specific path taken by the truck and perhaps a view of its occupants as they left the scene.

According to a Secret Service timeline, “…a witness to the explosion named Mr. Grossman claimed to have seen a pale yellow Mercury car with a Ryder truck behind it pulling up to the Federal Building. Mr. Grossman further claimed to have seen a woman on the corner waving to the truck.” “ATSAIC McNally noted that this fact is significant due to the fact that the security video shows the Ryder truck pulling up to the Federal Building and then pausing (7-10 seconds) before resuming into a slot in front of the building. It is speculated that the woman was signaling the truck when a slot became available.”

Clearly the federal government does NOT want the American public to know who exited the Ryder truck, the identity and possible part played by the woman on the corner, or whether any or all might have driven away in the Mercury. Yet it’s a safe bet our government already HAS the answers to these questions, having obtained them, of course, from the videos!

Along with dodging Trentadue’s requests for the Murrah Building video, the FBI has also refused to release video of the arrest of Tim McVeigh “…as recorded on the dashboard camera of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Charles Hanger’s vehicle the day of the bombing.”

Judge Waddoups is no stranger to the FBI’s claim of lost Murrah Building videos. He refused the government request that Attorney Trentadue’s Freedom of Information Request lawsuits be dismissed in 2011 and again in 2013. “It’s quite astounding that documents as important as these went missing…” exclaimed Waddoups in response to FBI claims in 2013 that they had searched unsuccessfully for the cameras and videos. The judge clearly does not trust the FBI and believes them to be lying outright about having lost the video evidence.

And then there’s this. On July 8th, Jesse Trentadue stated:

“It is noteworthy…that this may be the first case to ever go to trial under the Freedom of Information Act.  In every case, the government wins on summary judgment by claiming the documents do not exist or by asserting a bullet proof exemption from disclosure such as ‘national security.’”

Why would federal officials not have put this matter to rest years ago with a phony claim of national security? Certainly, they’ve done so in the past and have hardly grown timid in their willingness to lie during recent years.

Should Judge Waddoups issue a final ruling on the 28th, the government’s apparent reluctance to end Attorney Trentadue’s FOIA demands years earlier by asserting any of a number of legal  exemptions may be one of the more interesting remaining questions surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing.


Iraq vet/police officer shames legislators for passage of New York’s anti-gun measure, the “SAFE Act”

In 2013, New York legislators passed and the state’s gun-grabbing Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “SAFE Act,” a knee jerk  response by the far left to the December, 2012 killing of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut.

At the time, Aaron Weiss was serving in Iraq. But in 2 minutes and 58 seconds, the now Upstate New York police officer cut New York’s gun grabbing lawmakers to pieces. No political correctness for Weiss as he plainly states: “My rights trump your dead.” The constitutional rights fought for by Weiss and many of the combat vet’s now dead friends must NOT be sacrificed in the name of political expediency.

This brief yet powerful video address to New York legislators is MORE than worth your time as Aaron Weiss succeeds both in verbally shaming the shameless and demonstrating the courage of those really in charge of this nation—the American people.


American Citizens: doing the work OF many, FOR many

This tale of a new American immigrant was forwarded to my email address this morning by Jerry Todd, a friend and valued contributor to Coach is Right.

A Russian arrives in New York City as a new immigrant to the United States . It’s 11:00 AM on a Wednesday.

He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, “Thank you Mr. American for letting me come into this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and a free education!”
The passerby says, “You are mistaken, I am a Mexican.”
The man goes on and encounters another passerby. “Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America .”
The person says, “I not American, I Vietnamese.”
The new arrival walks farther, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand, and says, “Thank you for wonderful America !

That person puts up his hand and says,
“I am from Middle East. I am not American.”
He finally sees a nice lady and asks, “Are you an American?”  
She says, “No, I am from Africa …”
Puzzled, he asks her, “Where are all the Americans?”

The African lady checks her watch and says:
“Probably at work.”