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Doctors in the United States of America have been hitting back at claims from the National Rifle Association (NRA) that they should 'stay in their lane' with regards to gun control.
Furious doctors have responded to a tweet from the NRA that claimed that many articles were being written in a medical journal that were calling for greater regulation on guns in the US.
America's largest pro-gun organisation tweeted an article from its website that read: "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."
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
It goes without saying, but that statement really annoyed a number of doctors who remove bullets from patients and deal with the immediate and longer-term fall-out from gunshot wounds every day of their professional lives.
Since the tweet went out, they have been posting photos of themselves - often with blood-stained scrubs - or their operating theatres following treatment of a gunshot wound (GSW). Here are some of the results:
The original tweet was sent out just hours before a former Marine shot dead 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California and refers to a paper that was released by the Annals of Internal Medicine journal called 'Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians'.
The paper argued that doctors should be told to encourage people not to keep guns and trained to prevent firearm injuries.
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 spokesperson 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."
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