The National Rifle Association (NRA) criticised doctors who were advocating for gun control, prompting a mass outcry from medical professionals.
The same week a gunman opened fire and killed 12 people outside a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, the NRA tweeted:
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 Inter… https://t.co/4ciQ0UUZqf— NRA (@NRA) 1541619839
The association was criticising a medical paper in which doctors made suggestions about gun control.
Their words prompted backlash from doctors in America, who took to Twitter to share horrific stories of about the way gun crime impacts them – and more importantly, their patients.
Doctor Judy Melinek was one of the first to respond to the tweet, writing:
Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my f***ing highway.
Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my fucking highwa… https://t.co/yAVUiH6WXO— Judy Melinek M.D. (@Judy Melinek M.D.) 1541776341
Other doctors joined in using the hashtag #ThisIsMyLane, with many going as far as to share actual, traumatic images in which they’re covered in the blood of patients.
Their accounts are horrific.
To the @NRA, this is what it looks like to stay in #mylane. We will not be silent about the toll of #gunviolence. I… https://t.co/B0Fx6wqgg9— Kristin Gee, MD (@Kristin Gee, MD) 1541824152
#ThisisMyLane ... @NRA Come to the trauma bay; see first-hand what an emergency thoracotomy looks like trying to sa… https://t.co/Z4Qm9wa5Si— Sara Shanahan (@Sara Shanahan) 1541810964
I fix blood vessels for a living. When you work at a major trauma center, that means fixing blood vessels shredded… https://t.co/ubSMa3Rw80— Westley Ohman (@Westley Ohman) 1541780960
#ThisisMyLane A 3y/o was trick or treating on Halloween with her grandfather. They were caught in gang crossfire an… https://t.co/YCiJ1zAXvD— Michaela West, MD, PhD🌈 💙 (@Michaela West, MD, PhD🌈 💙) 1541761340
American conservative writer and pundit Ann Coulter waded into the conflict and told Doctor Judy that removing bullets from humans is no different than pulling “cue balls, vines and gummy bears out of human orifices every week.”
Emergency room doctors pull cue balls, vines & gummy bears out of human orifices every week. That doesn't make the… https://t.co/aZBbg5R9Iu— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1541884999
Lots of people called the tweet insensitive and ignorant, and doctors? They’d had enough, and just went right ahead and roasted her.
@AnnCoulter Reading Ann Coulter tweets makes you wonder if someone pulled her heart and brain out of her body— MazJobrani (@MazJobrani) 1542011959
ER doc goes in on Ann Coulter https://t.co/tHA7RSiNBX— Vexy Vox (@Vexy Vox) 1542100579
Seeing doctors complete rip apart Ann Coulter makes me so happy https://t.co/unU5VFqTuC— jennshine (@jennshine) 1542050728
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