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.”
Can’t post a patient photo…. so this is a selfie.
— Dave Morris (@traumadmo) November 10, 2018
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.”
— Mahua Dey (@Goru78) November 12, 2018
— Kathrine Holte, MD, DMSc (@kathrineholte) November 10, 2018
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.
Did everything I could to keep a shooting victim alive to the trauma center…they didn’t survive..#StayInYourLane @TheScottCharles @NotesFromHeL @Megsahokie @emedpd @AJGTempleSurg @RonniePhilly pic.twitter.com/GFANGJLSey
— David Sullivan (@PFDSullivan) November 12, 2018
Even radiologists, who most people don’t really think of as clinical doctors, are heavily involved in planning and treatment of gunshot wounds. Not only is it our lane, but it’s everyone’s lane to try and solve this pic.twitter.com/TYlUiuyge1
— Dr. Shadowgazer (@DShadowgazer) November 10, 2018
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.”
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