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One day after the horrific mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, in which 12 people were shot and killed and dozens more were injured, the NRA chose to attack the medical community, offensively tweeting that “self-important anti-gun doctors” should “stay in their lane:”
The impetus for the NRA’s shameful attack was a position paper from the American College of Physicians, which outlined its official policy positions and recommendations for reducing deaths and injuries from firearms in the United States. That same day, the CDC published new data indicating that the death toll from gun violence in our nation continues to rise. All through the weekend, in response to the NRA’s tweet, physicians, doctors, nurses and medical professionals from across the United States took on the NRA, rightfully claiming “This is our lane” and describing their experiences treating patients in the aftermath of gun violence.
Just a few powerful examples:
If you’re interested in speaking with a medical professional about the toll of gun violence and their experience treating shooting victims, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs