A doctor angry at the US’s National Rifle Association has shared a powerful picture of herself covered in someone else’s blood.
Dr Kristin Gee joined many other medics to hit out at the association for saying that anti-gun doctors should ‘stay in their lane’ after they criticised gun control.
The picture shows her scrubs soaked in a gunshot victim’s blood with the caption: ‘To the @NRA, this is what it looks like to stay in #mylane.’
She added: ‘We will not be silent about the toll of #gunviolence. I speak out for this patient, for their parents who will never be the same, for every person who came after this one and didn’t have to #thisiseveryoneslane’.
The NRA tweeted an article that took a swipe at anti-gun doctors hours before the Borderline bar shooting in which 12 people were murdered by a former marine.
The official account said: ‘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.’
Other doctors piled in.
Forensic pathologist Dr Judy Melinek said: ‘Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my f*****g highway.’
Paediatric doctor Aaron Nelson said: ‘I’ve taken care of children shot in the head. I’ve seen victims of gun violence with direct and indirect brain injuries left never the same. Those children survived. Others don’t. I’m happy to consult others–YOU seem to want people to just shut up and be quiet.’
Trauma Surgeon Dr Stephanie Bonne said: ‘My lane: asking families to identify their child by their tattoos, because their faces are unrecognizable.
Dr Kevin Lee said: ‘My lane: helping to intubate a man who shot his wife to death and then shot himself.’
Others also shared pictures of themselves covered in someone else’s blood while Dr Nuriel Moghavem shared an x-ray of a gunshot victim.
He said: ‘My lane is making sure people don’t die, and you’re in the way’.
‘I helped save a gun violence victim in med school. Those are my hands holding pressure on his femoral artery so that he wouldn’t bleed to death.
‘The bullet is right by my fingertips. This is me in #mylane, @NRA.’
Australian doctor Peter Smedley said: ‘This is my lane, but there’s no traffic. FFor that I thank strong bipartisan gun control policies and no powerful interest groups controlling policy.
‘I hope the USA is lucky enough to have this some day.’
The Annals of Internal Medicine published an article called Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians.’
They recommended training doctors in firearms injury prevention and counselling patients about the risk of having guns in the home.
It said: ‘The medical profession has a special responsibility to speak out on prevention of firearm-related injuries and deaths, just as physicians have spoken out on other public health issues.’
NRA spokesman Jennifer Baker said: ‘It’s just another example of gun control advocates with the help of the mainstream media blaming law abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of deranged people and exploiting tragedy to push a gun control agenda that would not prevent these crimes.
‘The gun control policies they advocate for are already the law in California and they did not prevent tragedy.’