Radiologist calls for NRA to join physicians in fight to reduce gun violence

Physicians across the country have been expressing outrage after the National Rifle Association (NRA) issued a tweet telling them to “stay in their lane” with regards to getting involved in gun reform conversations.

“Doctors are not at war with the NRA,” Heather Sher, MD, a radiologist told the Washington Post. “It is not an ‘us versus them,’ issue. What we are truly asking for is a coming together of both sides to find a solution to this national health problem.”

Sher, the Washington Post reported, has worked in Level 1 trauma centers for almost two decades. Most recently, she cared for patients with gunshot wounds from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and published an article in The Atlantic highlighting the damage caused by semiautomatic rifles and detailing her experiences in the trauma center after the shooting.

Since then, Sher has assembled a group of colleagues to write a letter to the NRA insisting them to join physicians and participate in further research into gun violence and improvements to the system.

More than 23,000 medical professionals have signed the letter thus far. 

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