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The NRA told doctors to stay in their lane. Doctors aren’t having it.

Police block the entrance to the Borderline Bar & Grill, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The bar was the site of yet another mass shooting on Wednesday night.
Police block the entrance to the Borderline Bar & Grill, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The bar was the site of yet another mass shooting on Wednesday night.

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#ThisisMyLane

The National Rifle Association has a bone to pick with “anti-gun doctors” (what) and their collective desire to stop pulling bullets out of patients. They don’t know what they’re talking about, the NRA contends, when they argue in favor of common sense gun control.

“Someone should tell self-important  anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the Wednesday tweet read. “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 tweet then links to an NRA website article deriding a position paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The paper lays out a number of policy recommendations that, its abstract notes, “the evidence suggests will be effective in reducing deaths and injuries from firearm-related violence.”

The NRA takes issue with the fact that the paper’s authors didn’t consult with “firearms experts or lawyers.” I’m not personally well-versed enough in these issues to respond to that charge, though I feel like a paper — even a policy paper — from a national health care organization is probably not in the wrong for focusing on what doctors think.

What’s important here, however, is how doctors responded. Many did not take kindly to the NRA’s assertion that health care providers should “stay in their lane.” They were quick to remind the NRA that guns and the wounds they cause are very much in a doctor’s “lane.”

And so, a hashtag was born: #ThisisMyLane. I may not have a strong enough grasp of the complexities here to rebuff the specifics of that NRA article. But the health care providers sharing their gun violence horror stories here are all the convincing anyone should need that gun control is an issue that sorely needs to be addressed.

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