The National Rifle Association's arrogance recently struck a nerve when it bounced a doctor to dare to say the obvious:…
The National Rifle Association’s arrogance recently struck a nerve when it bounced a doctor to dare to say the obvious: violence in America is a public health crisis.
“Someone should tell self-conscious surgeons to stay in their lane” tweetered NRA last Thursday. “Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine run for pistol control. Most outrageous, medical society seems to have consulted ANYONE but themselves.”
We do not know what “lane” should exactly be in the NRA – ruthlessness? cynicism? – but there is no doubt that doctors should have a voice in the award debate.
The meaningless violence ̵
1; not to mention suicide and inadvertent shooting – caused by guns is part of the argument that NRA and its supporters conveniently choose to deny or immediately ignore. Instead they attack and bite denying the intelligence to all who point out the obvious: violence violence is a public health issue.
This time there was a position paper in Annals of Internal Medicine that resigned from the arms rights group. Ironically, papers from the American College of Physicians, which describe ways of preventing violence, require the creation of coalitions among people with different perspectives.
It is obvious that the National Supervisory Authority does not want to work with someone with different opinions than its own.
Doctors immediately snapped back to NRA, and rightly so. The first thing they did was to take their lane back.
Johns Hopkins Hospital Trauma Surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran launched a Twitter campaign, which includes the @ThisIsOurLane account. Dr. Sakran was inspired to become a surgeon when he was young in the neck after a football match. It took a tracheotomy and six months of surgery so he could breathe and talk again. Doctors posted cruel photos of bloody scrubs and bodies injured by shots to drive their points home on the Twitter account.
NRA’s animosity towards doctors and medical society is not a new one. It has been more than two decades since a strong gunlobby helped to lead a law that prevents Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using money to “advocate or promote gun control.” The law has served to severely limit research on public health impact of violence violence.
Medical society has continued to effectively stand up against the gunlobe, which probably why the NRA became so testive. Fortunately, their last response may have resumed and instead, the medical community’s ties together made stronger.
Editorial by The Baltimore Sun
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