"How dare you”: Surgeons respond to NRA’s complaint about "self-important doctors"

"Come into my trauma bay and deal with the results of your insanity with me, or stay out of MY lane," one doctor tweeted.

Talk about bad timing. The day before yet another mass shooting killed 12 at a bar in California, the NRA tweeted out a rebuke of doctors who treat gun violence. And those doctors are pissed.

Surgeons sometimes conduct research on the effects of gun violence, and the NRA was upset they don’t consult outside groups, like perhaps the NRA, before publishing.

“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 tweeted. “Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”


After the shooting, surgeons who operate on people wounded by guns promptly chimed in to let the NRA know just who exactly needed to stay in their lane.

The shooter in Thousand Oaks, California, wore a baseball cap and set off smoke bombs to confuse people inside the bar. Some of the patrons present at the shooting were survivors of the 2017 shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.

Cover image: Mourners embrace outside of the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, where relatives and friends gathered in the aftermath of a mass shooting, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)