Emergency room doctor and diversity advocate Esther Choo retaliated against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for claiming that doctors have been publishing anti-gun articles without consulting anyone but themselves.
In a tweet last week, the pro-gun non-profit claimed that “half of the articles” published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine pushed for gun control, citing its own article that criticized a position paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP) reflecting “every anti-gunner’s public policy wish list, save for the outsized role given to doctors.”
“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,” the NRA wrote. “Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”
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
The tweet has stirred discussions since its posting, with over 21,000 comments and counting.
Dr. Choo, who is currently affiliated with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), snapped back at the NRA’s statement, alongside other physicians who asserted that gun control is very much “in our lane.”
“We are not self-important: we are important to the care of others. We are not anti-gun: we are anti-bullet holes in our patients. We consult with everyone but extremists. Most upsetting, actually, is death and disability from gun violence that is unparalleled in the world,” Dr. Choo responded.
We are not self-important: we are important to the care of others
We are not anti-gun: we are anti-bullet holes in our patients
We consult with everyone but extremists
Most upsetting, actually, is death and disability from gun violence that is unparalleled in the world https://t.co/E8qz3lewK7
— Esther Choo MD MPH (@choo_ek) November 8, 2018
In its article, the NRA argued that the ACP misuses “evidence,” pointing out that the medical organization “cites ‘studies’ that wouldn’t qualify as ‘evidence’ in any other debate” in its policy recommendations.
“This position paper leaves one wondering if the authors reviewed the evidence, or just found works that suited their needs,” the NRA wrote. “For all of the bluster about their own important role in the anti-gun movement and all of the misuse of research findings, the ACP makes one thing clear: they respect their own rights and opinions far more than they do those of law-abiding gun owners.”
Dr. Choo is only one of a slew of physicians slamming the NRA on social media. Many lashed out at the pro-gun group for its apparent failure to comprehend the devastating implications of firearms from the medical perspective.
Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my fucking highway. https://t.co/48S9UIFaV2
— Judy Melinek M.D. (@drjudymelinek) November 9, 2018
Can’t post a patient photo…. so this is a selfie.
— Dave Morris (@traumadmo) November 10, 2018
Hey @NRA ! Wanna see my lane? Here’s the chair I sit in when I tell parents their kids are dead. How dare you tell me I can’t research evidence based solutions. #ThisISMyLane #ThisIsOurLane #thequietroom pic.twitter.com/y7tBAuje8O
— Stephanie Bonne (@scrubbedin) November 9, 2018
— Kathrine Holte, MD, DMSc (@kathrineholte) November 10, 2018
— Mahua Dey (@Goru78) 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
I fix blood vessels for a living. When you work at a major trauma center, that means fixing blood vessels shredded by bullets. My lane is paved by the broken bodies left behind by your products. #ThisisMyLane https://t.co/IzezudNBUf
— Westley Ohman (@westleyohman) November 9, 2018
Hey @NRA, so a 4 year old comes into the ER with a GSW to the chest, but it hasn’t crossed the midline. Please inform me, a pediatric intensive care physician, what is the trauma protocol for this? I’m confused since this is not my lane. #ThisisMyLane
— pachec (@pachec) November 10, 2018
Homicide is a leading cause of death in pregnant women. #ThisIsMyLane
Get bent. https://t.co/O0bJmH7H1x
— (@stuboo) November 10, 2018
I’m an animal doctor. Those poor guys have neither the right to carry nor the capacity to defend themselves from evil with guns. They bleed and die just the same from the wounds every day. There is a sickness here. #ThisisMyLane
— DawgDocBrad (@DawgdocBrad) November 9, 2018
Featured Images via Twitter / Esther Choo MD MPH