…patients seeking help at hospitals across the country have instead been injured or killed by those guarding the institutions. Medical centers are not required to report such encounters, so little data is available and health experts suspect that some cases go unnoticed. Police blotters, court documents and government health reports have identified more than a dozen in recent years. They have occurred as more and more American hospitals are arming guards with guns and Tasers, setting off a fierce debate among health care officials about whether such steps — along with greater reliance on law enforcement or military veterans — improve safety or endanger patients.
The article deals with not just any patient, but those with mental issues that makes them violent and a danger to others. And we all can agree that a person with mental issues cannot be held at the same standard as a criminal, but that simply is not an excuse to say you are not allowed to use force to stop their dangerous behavior.
Yes, it is a scenario that sucks no matter how you shine a light on. Nobody wants to shoot a blameless person but at the same time nobody wants to be injured or allow injury to others. I do find rather stupid that there are those who would remove that last barrier of safety from hospitals because they deem an armed security guard as too dangerous and potentially deadly, but they are not aware how many deaths by medical malpractice occur every year or chose to ignore it. Then again the issues is them evil guns!