Should physicians have a voice in the ongoing debate about gun control? The National Rifle Association doesn’t think so.
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Should physicians have a voice in the ongoing debate about gun control? The National Rifle Association (NRA) doesn’t think so.
On Wednesday, the NRA responded to a recent American College of Physicians paper that outlines the society’s recommendations to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths by tweeting that “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”
The tweet, which came only hours before the Thousand Oaks shooting in California, prompted a social media backlash from numerous physicians. Using the hashtags #Docs4Gunsense, #Docs4GunResearch, and #ThisisOurLane, physicians took to Twitter to share their clinical experiences with gunshot victims and to advocate for action to reduce gun violence.
Medical Economics wants to hear from you. Should physicians be involved in the gun debate? Is it proper for physicians to ask patients about guns in their homes? Do you believe more research needs to be conducted on the health impact of gun ownership?
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