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September 16th, 2013
10:30 PM ET

Dr. Janis Orlowski: "You know what America...put me out of business, make it so I don't have to have a trauma center"

On the backdrop of a mass shooting which cost more than a dozen people their lives, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Janis Orlowski to share her unique first-hand perspective.

The Chief Operating Officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Orlowski was tasked with treating many of the wounded following the rampage at the Navy Yard, and desires a day in which her job becomes obsolete:

"I wish that we didn't have to deal with senseless trauma. I wish that we had a way to close a trauma unit for something like this. I think it's great that we have a trauma unit, that we serve the people of Washington, that we do as well as we do," explained the woman who snared a portion of the national spotlight Monday with her candid remarks at an afternoon press conference. "But you know what America? Put me out of business, make it so I don't have to have a trauma center."

Addressing the media earlier in the day, Orlowski spoke passionately about the notion that gun violence and mass shootings represent an indictment on the nation. Joining Piers Morgan live from Washington, D.C., on Monday night the doctor elaborated on her sentiment:

"It's not right, it's not good, it's not normal to get up in the morning and walk through a workplace with a shotgun and shoot to death 12 of the people that you've worked with, and send another couple to the hospital," she said. "I don't know that I have all the answers, but I think that we've got to work hard together on this, and we've got to stop this. We can't have one mass shooting after another."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Orlowski, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. brasstacs

    Again Mogan is exploiting a tragedy for his mindless gun grabbing agenda..... Washington DC is the most guarded city in the county along with some of the strictest gun control in the county including a total ban on what is termed semi automatic Assault rifles...So how is all that gun control working out ?? The assault rifle bans that ended in 2004 was a dismal failure that prevented nothing....this is a fact...and the Columbine mass shooting happened right in the middle of those bans...The fact is that gun control doesn't work period...It doesn't prevent gun violence or even slow it down...To say again and again...Wacko's,terrorist and criminal thugs do not obey laws...The only way to slow down gun violence is to enforce the laws we already have and to end the the "gun free zones" where most of these horrific shootings take place,and to beef up security at sensitive vulnerable area's...There are over 300 million guns in this country,and it's mindless to think that gun control that would only effect law abiding citizens would protect the innocent.

    September 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. malak

    I just what to tell this morgan guy DID YOU FORGET THE BRUTAL KILLING THAT HAPPENED IN HIS COUNTRY....WITH A MACHETE.....EVIL, BAD PEOPLE WILL STOP AT NOTHING ,TO DO HARM.May be he should go back to his country and fight the muslim radicals from taking his country......they don't use guns THEY CHOP HEADS,TORTURE AND MUTILATE PEOPLE.

    September 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. max

    Who would want more shooting? Who would gain from this? Why would it be this gun? What game is some one playing? Maybe its talk shows that keeps making nuts think about o
    doing it like this one. How did he get on the base? gun free zone. Meaning the ones being shot dont have a guns to stop him. They can only hide and hope some one will get there with a gun to kill him. You cant have this talk great stop your cauesing it. Let ban cars bikes planes running bad people. Okay now you see it. Taking guns away will not stop nuts.

    September 17, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mark McGuinness

    I support gun control legislation. You are not helping the cause using facts you do not check. The ar15 used was taken by the gunnanman from security personell in the building. He did not bring it in with him. Please get the facts correct you hurt our cause using sensationalist unchecked comments

    September 17, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • logical

      Mr. McGuinness,

      You, sir, are the one who is not fact-checking. We know there no AR15 involved. He brought his own shotgun. One of the so-called "sporting rifles" that would still be allowed under an assault weapons ban.

      September 18, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Naomi Blue

    I watched this interview of the er doctor. The banner across the screen said in big letters "DOCTOR AGAINST GUNS". But in the interview, the doctor only talked about having to do something about mental health. Morgan continued to goad her into saying something against guns. She never said she was against guns. The banner across the screen was misleading. I have to turn the channel!

    September 17, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Hurst_USMC

    Piers this discussion should NOT be about "GUN CONTROL" rather it should be about "GUN VIOLENCE". Also, how in the heck was this person "allowed" to be gainfully employed and/or purchase a "weapon" of any sort WITHOUT the PROPER "BACKGROUND CHECK" !? Based solely on both his Military "discharge" and his "police record" !! Why is there NOT a standard procedure for background checks i.e. background checks from NCIS agency instead of ANY tom dick or harry ?? It's a lot like SNOWDEN (an "in house" background check) RIGHT !!!! Also, there should definitely be an "investigation" of the security (lack there of) at the base – to be quite frank – someone needs to be accountable for the "MAJOR BREACH OF SECURITY" at a base that is one of the foremost in warfare and strategic planning – what is "seriously" WRONG HERE !!??

    September 17, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Harry James

      Hurst you are so right. But the problem is Piers and those of his ilk are not interested in anything but furthering their left wing agenda and not solutions to the problems. He and the truth when it comes to gun issues are completely estranged and this again shows he will never let truth get in the way of him furthering his agenda to destroy the greatest country in the world.

      September 17, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. max

    that is what I thought not for the kids is it. and its not about saveing us.

    September 17, 2013 at 2:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Harry James

    Well Piers again you have proven that a good liberal agenda should never be concerned with the truth. It seems that the shooter at the Navy yard did not have an AR15 in his possession but no good left wing reporter would let the truth get in the way of a good chance to continue the liberal agenda of destroying America. Please take your left wing trash back to England and stay out of American politics and away from our freedoms.

    September 17, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. eabbreeze

    Once again, the Gasbag spouts off and hasn't got a clue as to what he's talkng about. I really love it when someone who fled thier own country to avoid prosecution try to tells us what is wrong with our country!.......Really CNN?...Yours viewers expect more from your network than to allow this joker to have his own show!

    September 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Paul Vincent Zecchino

    Do these people like Morgan and this doctor realize that history and facts are against them and their communist gun grab?

    Do they realize that most Americans, if they were guests on Morgan's low rated carnival of lies, would tell him they don't care what he says, that he can be a smug, glib, and inane as he wishes, that his words mean nothing and if doesn't like it, he can go back to the UK, face trial, and likely go to prison?

    Who cares what some carnival geek says on Ted Fonda's Communist News Network?

    September 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Linda Ontiveros

    Banning guns is a joke. If you're looking for the right answer, it's called God. Bring Him back and you'll see the world change for the better. Our best chance for reversing the route that we are taking is to bring Him back as a priority and to stop pretending that political correctness and minority bullying are the right way to go.

    People know the answer. The media and the shadow "powers that be" are hiding it and/or keeping it dampened and out of the public view.

    As a result, Soros is getting his way. The US is failing and will be destroyed from the inside out. It's sick. I am glad that I will be dead before the country will be completely torn apart.

    September 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    So just quit.... Better yet, I wish you were fired. I would terminate your employment instantly for using your position to make political rants.

    September 20, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
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