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The NRA Started A Feud With Doctors And Got Humiliated In The Process

The NRA Started A Feud With Doctors And Got Humiliated In The Process

As the United States agonizes over another mass shooting, eyes again turn towards the NRA. The NRA was not discussing California’s violence, however, they were feuding with doctors over a tweet.

Yesterday, on their Twitter feed, the NRA wrote, “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.”

The wording of the tweet is curious as gun violence is very much in doctor’s “lanes.” The general takeaway is that despite their clear bias, the NRA would like to be consulted as experts in gun studies.

Doctors on Twitter were quick to respond to the NRA’s attacks. Esther Choo, an Oregon-based emergency room doctor wrote, “We are not self-important: we are important to the care of others. We are not anti-gun: we are anti-bullet holes in our patients. We consult with everyone but extremists. Most upsetting, actually, is death and disability from gun violence that is unparalleled in the world.”

Sonia Kahn, a Fremont, California ICU physician tweeted, “My lane as Pediatric ICU physician: why don’t YOU try being the person who has to go into a room & tell a family the worst possible news they are ever going to hear because the damage their kid came in with was beyond our saving? Not only is this OUR lane, YOU ARE IN IT.”

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These are just two of the replies who were aghast at the tweet. Incidentally, the tweet came yesterday afternoon, hours before the violence took place before the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The killer, Ian David Long, was a former Marine with a history of mental health problems. Long purchased the weapon legally, but had modified the firearm to be more effective. The NRA has not tweeted about the shooting.

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