The National Riffle Association (NRA) may have had to abstain. By attacking the doctors who operate the bullet wounds in American hospitals, the powerful gun lobby in the United States has sparked a wave of anger on social media.
For three weeks, testimonials, videos of operations, photos of bullets just removed from a body, surgical gloves and operating theaters covered with blood flocked to Twitter with a keyword created for the occasion, #thisisourlane (“it's our business”).
“I have never seen anyone from the NRA in my service where I have treated the victims of weapons for twenty-five years. Marianne Haughey, surgeon at a Bronx hospital
A scathing response to the NRA which, apparently ulcerated by several publications of Annals of Internal Medicine advocating for stricter regulation of firearms and the consideration of gun violence as “A public health problem”, had prayed earnestly “Arrogant and anti-arms doctors to take care of their business” (“To stay in their lane”).
Hailed by the incongruity of this council, hundreds of surgeons who treat wounded by bullets year-round, nurses and health personnel from across the country have massively retorted on Twitter. “I have never seen anyone from the NRA in my service where I have treated the victims of weapons for twenty-five years”, said Marianne Haughey, a surgeon at a hospital in the Bronx, New York. “Come and tell a mother that her child is dead in my hands! “ Even more striking, another published the close-up video of a bullet shoot planted in a victim's aorta. “The luck allowed him to get out of it”says the doctor. Also frosty is the picture of a soulless room, summarily furnished with a blue armchair, from which regularly Stephanie Bonne, a surgeon from New Jersey, announces to families that their “Child is dead”.
At the other end of the country, the injunction of the NRA all the more scandalized Judy Melinek that it was published the same morning of a shooting which made twelve deaths in a bar of Thousand Oaks (California). This Californian forensic doctor, who testifies in court and must explain to families how their loved one died, bluntly called the NRA: “Do you know how many bullets I get out of body each week? “