Why doctors are sharing their confronting hospital photos

WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: US doctors have shared their own graphic photos of blood and gore in response to the National Rifle Association’s demand for them to “stay in their lane” in regards to gun reform.

Last week, the NRA tweeted, that “half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control”.

“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the NRA tweeted.

“Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted no one but themselves.”

The NRA’s tweet follows more calls for gun reform in North America after a former US Marine David Ian Long, 28, shot and killed 12 people including a police sergeant, at Borderline Bar and Grill in suburban Los Angeles, just before midnight Wednesday. 

It’s believed he then shot himself. 

As a response to the NRA, doctors across the US have started tweeting their own pictures of patients either injured or killed by gun violence. 

Indianapolis neurosurgeon Mahua Dey tweeted a photo of a bullet she had removed from a patient. 

“Bullet I took out of a six-month-old’s brain,” she tweeted.

“NRA, you created my lane.”

Utah trauma surgeon Dave Morris tweeted a picture of his blue scrubs caked in blood.

“Can’t post a photo so this is a selfie,” Dr Morris tweeted.

“This is what it looks like to #stayinmylane.”

Philadelphia paramedic David Sullivan tweeted he did “everything” he could to keep a shooting victim alive in the trauma centre but he couldn’t save them.

He included a picture of a blood-stained chair.

Others included photos of surgeries and emergency rooms cover in blood-stained bandages and X-rays of horrific injuries.

San Francisco forensic pathologist Judy Melinek didn’t tweet a photo.

“Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly?” she tweeted.

“This isn’t just my lane. It’s my f****** highway.”