Doctors push back after NRA tells them to 'stay in their lane'

Henrietta Strickland
November 15, 2018

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The tweets are in response to a recent statement by the National Rifle Association that said doctors who advocate for stricter gun legislation and reform should "stay in their lane". Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves. - NRA (@NRA) November 7, 2018 A neurosurgeon in IN shared a photo of a bloody bullet she had removed from the brain of a 6-month-old. In fact, in response to the position paper by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine drafted an open letter to the NRA on behalf of the medical community that is being widely circulated and signed by many.

As doctors, we are driven to find the evidence behind the medical care we provide patients.

Still, some doctors who were familiar with the world of guns, couldn't quell their upset. The tweet posted just hours before a shooter killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks.

Whether doctors should be conducting research on gun violence has been the subject of intense debate between the medical community and pro-gun groups like the NRA for years.

More physicians weighed in, often using the hashtag #ThisIsOurLane.

"Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly?"she wrote. This isn't just my lane", she tweeted on Friday".

Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek's tweet was among the many angry responses that have gone viral.

A trauma surgeon in Utah tweeted a photo of his blue scrubs covered in blood. She posted on behalf of patients who, she explained, face ongoing indignities and pain long after any public outrage has passed. "This is what it looks like to #stayinmylane". Another was of 106 outpatients at a single clinic. "Inconclusive evidence is not 'enough evidence'". "Although there is more to learn about the causes of firearm violence and the best methods to prevent it, the available data support the need for a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to reducing firearm violence that is consistent with the Second Amendment". "#Hell No for all those that we still may be able to save", Sakran wrote. Under intense lobbying from the NRA, Congress in 1996 effectively barred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching the public health effects of gun violence. The rule has had a chilling effect on gun research in the USA ever since. #ThisISMyLane - Kate Ranta (@ravinranta) November 13, 2018 'Doctors are not the experts on gun safety, ' Young, who is an NRA member, said in an interview. Should you tell her he didn't make it?

"We are seeing the day-to-day carnage", she said, adding: "What we want to see is less death".

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore predicted that if photos of the crime scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people including 20 first-graders were killed in a mass shooting in 2012, had been leaked to the public, Americans would no longer tolerate the NRA's control over lawmakers who fail to take action to curb gun violence. We're the ones who have to testify in court about the wounds.

"When the American people see what bullets from an assault rifle fired at close range do to a little child's body, that's the day the jig will be up for the NRA", Moore said.

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