NRA tweet advising doctors to 'stay in their lane' sparks nationwide backlash from medical community
Doctors and nurses shot a barrage of tweets aimed at the gun lobbying group, saying the issue of gun violence is one they're quite familiar with as first responders
Scores of doctors and other medical professionals have voiced their concerns about the epidemic of gun violence in America following last week's mass shooting in a California bar that claimed the lives of 12 people.
Doctors described the situation as a public health crisis, which drew the attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA), who brazenly tweeted last week that medical professionals and doctors should stick to their jobs and stay out of the gun-laws debate, People reported. “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the NRA tweeted. “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
Following the controversial tweet, doctors and nurses shot a barrage of tweets aimed at the gun lobbying group. They claimed the issue of gun violence is one they're quite familiar with as first responders. The tweet-storm caused the hashtag #ThisIsMyLane to trend across the weekend. Jessica Boat Landry, a pediatrician from Houston, Texas, wrote: “If it’s my job to locate the 15 shotgun pellets in my 3-year-old patient’s abdomen, it is my job to try to prevent gun violence. This is a public health crisis, let’s work together to study and solve it!”
If it’s my job to locate the 15 shotgun pellets in my 3 year old patient’s abdomen, it is my job to try to prevent gun violence. This is a public health crisis, let’s work together to study and solve it! #ThisisMyLane— Jessica Boat Landry MD (@JessicaLandryMD) November 12, 2018
Nerissa Bauer, a doctor from Indianapolis, Indiana, responded: “My ‘lane’ is dealing with the emotional aftermath, not only endured by children but entire communities. Those surviving gun violence are victims too & can have lifelong effects.” That said, some of the medical professionals were markedly angry with NRA's unabashed tweet.
My “lane” is dealing w/ emotional aftermath, not only endured by children but entire communities. Those surviving gun violence are victims too & can have lifelong effects. https://t.co/zOGIrAoE1t— Nerissa Bauer (@NerissaBauer) November 12, 2018
Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist, tweeted: “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.” Nurse practitioner Jennifer Corrigan wrote: “I’ve ruined scrubs from blood. Wiped off grey matter from my arms. Ran a level 1 with units of blood too [numerous] too count. I’ve held the hands of family members when they were told their loved one is dead. #ThisISOurLane."
Ive Ruined scrubs from blood Wiped off grey matter from my arms Ran a level1 with units of blood too nms too cnt Ive run to the OR w/an open chest pt while the surgeon is doin card mssg Ive held the hands of famly mbrs when they were told theyre loved one is dead #ThisISOurLane— jennifer corrigan (@seriously888) November 12, 2018
Joining the attack was an ER physician from Sacramento, who is also an army veteran. She attacked a photo of herself in her Army uniform and tweeted as follows: “Hey NRA, in case you forgot, for us emergency medicine military physicians, GSW’s are not only in our lane, it’s our highways, byways, and airways…always. Think before you speak fools. Happy Veteran’s Day.”
Hey NRA, in case you forgot, for us emergency medicine military physicians, GSW's are not only in our lane, it's our highways, byways and airways...always. Think before you speak fools. Happy Veteran's Day. pic.twitter.com/WYDoA4jDrt— Taz (@Suburbanbella) November 11, 2018
The National Rifle Association is yet to publicly comment on the severe backlash against their tweet.