How’s that admonition you gave to the medical profession to stay in your lane working out for ya, NRA?
Road rage much?
For anyone not yet aware, on November 7 the NRA admonished medical professionals to stay in their lane via Twitter:
What did the NRA expect in response? Did they expect the medical community to simply roll over and comply?
If they did, that isn’t what they got!
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM) extended an invitation to the NRA to collaborate with them on solving the gun violence epidemic.
Has the NRA acknowledged the invitation?
In fact, since their original stay in your lane tweet, the NRA appears to be doubling down and getting more adversarial…if that’s even possible:
“SELF-DEFENSE IS A RIGHT”!
Did that flashing AR style rifle scare all you hoplophobes out there?
“FIGHT TO DEFEND”!
Is anyone else tired of the NRA’s in-your-face brand of sensitivity? I know I am.
The response by medical professionals continues unabated.
There’s a hashtag on Twitter: #thisismylane.
Many of the tweets posted are gut-wrenching. That’s to be expected. After all, treating trauma resulting from gunshot wounds ain’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination.
There’s also a Twitter feed established by medical professionals. It’s called ThisIsOurLane. It currently has 24.3K followers and counting.
From the looks of the overall response, one would think the NRA might at least think about stepping back, taking a deep breath, and toning down their rhetoric.
Nope! Not the NRA! Not even a little bit:
“SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”!
It would be one thing if the NRA were to ask why some folks apparently don’t understand the operative clause of the NRA’s sacred 2nd Amendment.
They made it condescending and insulting.
Stay in your lane road rage NRA style.
So, what was the brouhaha about in the first place?
In the NRA-ILA article the NRA shared in their original tweet, reference is made to two separate position papers. Both were written by members of the American College of Physicians (ACP); Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States and, Expanding the Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Prevention
The first position paper’s stated purpose is to
build on, strengthen, and expand current ACP policies approved by the Board of Regents in April 2014, based on analysis of approaches that the evidence suggests will be effective in reducing deaths and injuries from firearm-related violence.
The NRA appears to have taken exception to this position paper.
The author of the second position paper opined in response to the first:
It is unfortunate that the public health community has not recognized the importance of policing gun violence as a key aspect of prevention.
Just what the NRA was looking for….discord in the medical profession.
Hold on! Not so fast!
The NRA failed to cite the following assertions also made in the second position paper:
Recruit physicians to the cause of gun violence prevention.
Gun violence entails the intersection of guns and violence.
Use of a gun rather than a knife or another readily available weapon tends to make violent acts more deadly, increasing the case-fatality rate.
I’m left wondering why the NRA left those references out of their NRA-ILA article.
Oh, wait…not the NRA pro-guns everywhere agenda. Got it!
Stay in your lane medical professionals!
But realistically, are we talking about a two lane highway or a multi-lane freeway here?
Medical professionals already have their own lane according to the NRA.
Do educators have their own lane?
What about clergy? Do they have their own lane?
How many other professions and/or individuals have their own lane?
To be blunt, everyone affected by and/or advocating for gun violence prevention has their own lane….QED!
Hopefully, at some point, those lanes will merge with each other and engage in wagon train gun violence prevention advocacy.
The NRA is, for all intents and purposes, an organization filled with pro-gun road rage.
That road rage poses a danger to others trying to effect positive change on the gun violence prevention freeway.
My two cents.
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