The NRA apparently thinks doctors who treat gunshot wounds shouldn’t have opinions about guns.
Looking at the NRA’s Twitter feed after a mass shooting is a fascinating exercise. One might at least expect some “thoughts and prayers” after a gunman walks into a bar and kills 12 people with a gun, but there’s no mention of the Thousand Oaks shooting incident at all. Nada. Zilch.
There is, however, a mind-blowing bungle of a tweet from the day before the shooting addressing doctors who advocate for gun control legislation.
“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the tweet reads. “Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”
Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves. https://t.co/oCR3uiLtS7
— NRA (@NRA) November 7, 2018
Trauma doctors who treat gunshot victims were not having it.
When your job is saving lives, and you see the carnage a bullet can do to a body on a regular basis, you may have some thoughts on guns. And when your job is to research how to save lives, and that research shows that gun regulations lead to fewer gun deaths, you may have some opinions.
And not just any old opinions—highly informed, backed-up-by-facts opinions. And sorry, NRA, but those of us who still believe in science and common sense will take the opinion of experts in the risks of guns and the damage gunfire can do over the opinion of an organization whose sole purpose is to promote guns.
Just a sampling of the clap back from doctors the NRA received:
Here is my lane @NRA. As an academic physician my life is dedicated to the discovery of new cures to save people’s lives, an oath that I honor daily. How much of that can you claim in your lane as you have advocated to cut any funding in firearms safety research? #Docs4GunSense
— Cory Hussain MD (@Jaudath) November 9, 2018
How dare you. As a physician, I treat gun shot wounds. Specifically, I am a pediatric urologist. I reconstruct genitalia of children who have been shot. Bladders of children who have been shot. I most certainly do have a say. Who have you consulted, incidentally?
— Kristina Suson (@KristinaSuson) November 9, 2018
I see no one from the @nra next to me in the trauma bay as I have cared for victims of gun violence for the past 25 years. THAT must be MY lane. COME INTO MY LANE. Tell one mother her child is dead with me, then we can talk. #StopGunViolence #toomanydead @Jacobi_EM @SBH_EM_Res
— marianne haughey (@mthaughey) November 9, 2018
You’re never the ones elbows-deep in someone’s body trying to keep them from dying of their gunshot wounds. You’re never the ones telling someone their loved one is dead. Come into my trauma bay and deal with the results of your insanity with me, or stay out of MY lane.
— Nora Cheung (@NCheungMD) November 9, 2018
— Joseph Sakran (@JosephSakran) November 7, 2018
Unless you are working beside me in my Pediatric ER while I code a child dying from a gun shot wound while his mother screams in a way that will stay with you forever you need to STAY IN YOUR LANE. Gun control and gun violence is ABSOLUTELY my business.
— PediMom, Dr. Free N. Hess (@thepedimom) November 8, 2018
The Annals of Internal Medicine tweeted, “We wish we could,” and then dropped load of research.
Just once I’d love to see a professional organization tell the NRA to shove it where the sun don’t shine and leave it at that, but I know that would backfire.
The AIM, however, did respond in a calm and reasonable manner, with a link to pages and pages of research on how guns relate to health—in other words, “their lane.”
The @NRA tells doctors to “stay in their lane” re #GunViolence. We wish we could. Instead, we pledge to talk to our patients about gun violence whenever risk factors are present. Click the link at the top of the page and join us https://t.co/deFA2WfFh7 ….
— Annals of Int Med (@AnnalsofIM) November 8, 2018
And if you’re wondering what got the NRA’s panties in such a twist to begin with, this thread summarizes the lead up to it:
Please read the @ACPinternists paper on firearms & health that led to the @NRA’s demands that we stay in our lane. Nothing radical in it, just reasonable proposals to stem gun violence https://t.co/BotQqASLZ5. As the paper’s co-author, let me summarize. #ThisIsOurLane
— Bob Doherty (@BobDohertyACP) November 9, 2018
And here’s some more research, just for the fun of it:
The NRA is out of its lane—and way out of its league.
Telling the people whose sole job is to figure out how to save lives that working to prevent the 33,000 deaths by firearm in America every year—not to mention the tens of thousands more who are wounded by gun violence—is not “their lane” is one of the more asinine things the NRA has tried to do. If they wanted to make themselves look even more foolish than they already do to a significant portion of the U.S., they’ve succeeded.
If you come for the doctors—the ones who study public health and who see first hand the devastating effects of gun violence—expect to get taken down in the most epic fashion.
That burn’s gotta hurt, NRA. Sending our thought and prayers.