Every once in awhile, the NRA puts out a bluff that kind of defies comprehension. By doing so, they generate a metaphorical shitstorm in response. That may be by design.
This NRA Tweet might be one of those times when their boots aren’t high enough to accommodate the flood of shit from the resultant metaphorical shitstorm, though:
“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”
Who might that someone be, NRA? You? Someone else? Who?
The condescension in the NRA statement is astonishing. The self-serving bloviation is insulting. The narcissism is not surprising.
“The medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”
All caps. Got it!
But I digress…
Is the medical community somehow required to consult with someone else…anyone else? Is there a law that requires them to do so?
Is the medical community perhaps required to consult with the NRA? Show us how the NRA is even relevant here.
Are you, the NRA, somehow hoping the medical community WILL consult YOU?
I know, I know….all caps don’t really add to the impact, but I thought I’d follow the NRA example just this once.
If you are hoping the medical community will feel compelled to consult you, NRA, just say so! If not, then specify the person(s)/group(s) you’re referring to!
Not holding my breath.
But I digress….again.
The backlash to the NRA tweet was fast and almost universally condemnatory from medical professionals:
Triggered me to ponder what the ER must have looked like as doctors and nurses worked on my own daughter who was critically injured at Columbine. I HATE (I lied….I’m more than ok with all caps just one more time) those kinds of triggers!
“The baby stopped the bullet.”
“Who have you consulted, incidentally?”
That question was directed to the NRA.
The only person of note I can think of that the NRA regularly consults is Dr. John Lott, Ph.D. He’s been discredited on some of his gun violence research studies:
Is Dr. Lott, Ph.D. a medical professional, though?
Sorry…stupid question. Dr. Lott, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in economics. My bad.
My personal favorite is from a medical professional who just happens to be a lifelong NRA member, Dr Glen Franklin:
As a lifelong
@NRA member, hunter, gun owner & shooting sports enthusiast, what the @$&! were you @NRA idiots thinking! As a caring Trauma Surgeon member of @ACSTrauma @traumadoctors who has devoted my life to treating patients of ALL viewpoints #ThisIsMyLane @JosephSakran
“what the @$&! were you @NRA idiots thinking?”
Was wondering the same thing myself.
Arguably one of the most poignant of them all:
“But really, how sad for us…”
Yes, indeed, how sad for us….
This is only a few that I saw. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands more.
Most of those I saw showed some kind of partial emergency room scene. Most of those were bloody.
All of them were powerful. Many comments and replies were, as well.
Medical professionals spoke en masse.
They weren’t really speaking as one voice, though, from what I could see.
I recently wrote about Wagon Train Advocacy, the idea that there is strength in numbers when it comes to gun violence prevention. The same principle applies here.
Then, a couple days ago the American Foundation For Firearm Injury Reduction In Medicine (AFFIRM) issued this challenge to the NRA:
Medical professionals, subject matter experts in their respective fields, speaking as one asking for the NRA’s help:
“Help us in our non-partisan, physician-driven research efforts at AFFIRM Research.”
Medical professionals also issuing an invitation to the NRA to “be part of the solution” to end the gun violence epidemic:
“Collaborate with us to find workable, effective strategies to diminish the death toll from suicide, homicide, domestic violence, and unintentional shootings for the thousands of Americans who will one day find themselves on the wrong side of a barrel of a gun.”
A wagon train mentality if ever there was one!
Arguably the most powerful statement of all, though, comes at the very end when AFFIRM states:
“We are not anti-gun. We are anti-bullet hole. Let’s work together.”
The medical community calling the NRA’s bluff.
Time to put up or shut up, NRA.
My two cents.
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