There’s no end to the right wing’s quest to replace facts with the gut reactions of terminally angry white people. The latest and finest example comes from the NRA.
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.
I assume the NRA was reacting to a number of articles in the Oct. 30 issue of AIM. The issue contains a number of items with such radical, freedom-hating, gun-grabbing titles as:
- Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians.
- Expanding the Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Prevention
- What Can I Do as a Physician to Prevent Firearm Injury?
The gall! The nerve! What could a bunch of doctors know about gun shots? And why would anyone want to prevent Second Amendment-induced injuries?
- And no, I do not think anyone at the NRA read the articles. Why waste time when they can skip straight to outrage that doctors said bad things about being shot, and DSS-level bothsiderism that suggests health care professionals should have consulted with someone else about the pros of gunshot wounds?
Come to think of it, I am surprised the NRA hasn’t paid some doctors to create a group called Exit Wounds R Excellent or something. Maybe it did but there was a mass shooting on the day the group was launched so no one noticed.
However, the NRA may not need to find a few quacks who will stand up and say that getting shot can be a life-changing experience. The organization can just imply that there are two sides to the question of being shot, and that anyone who discusses the bad things about gun violence is required to give the other side a chance to state its case.
If the NRA keeps that up someone at the organization could wind up with a byline in the New York Times!