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It’s the mass shootings that tend to make the headlines. Seventeen students and staff killed at a Parkland high school. Ten at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Five in the newsroom of the Minneapolis Capital Gazette.
But these are among more than 49,500 incidents of gun violence in the United States so far this year. Incidents that have claimed the lives of more than 12,600 people, and killed or injured 577 children.
Yet last week the country’s powerful firearm lobby group, the National Rifle Association, reserved their scrutiny for doctors. Men and women who perform compressions on the tiny chests of those children, who rush them into emergency surgery, who sit opposite loved ones and break the news that their baby couldn’t be saved.
“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the National Rifle Association tweeted on Thursday. “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.”
The NRA was referring to a new position paper released by the American College of Physicians’ that outlined its public health approach to reducing firearm-related deaths and injuries. The tweet was posted just hours before a gunman opened fire in a country and western bar in Thousand Oaks, California, killing 12.
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
In response, doctors have inundated the NRA with messages via social media, attempting to show what it looks like in their “lane”.
“Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my f***ing highway,” forensic pathologist Judy Melinek wrote in tweet that has since gone viral.