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Doctors to NRA on gun violence: This is our lane

November 20, 2018 / Matt Kuhrt

The gloves appear to be coming off when it comes to doctors talking about guns. Just a few weeks after a social media dust-up in which the National Rifle Association told doctors in a tweet to "stay in their lane" when addressing the politically charged issue of guns, an editorial response in the Annals of Internal Medicine issued a direct challenge back. In short, it said: "Doctors are in our lane." The editorial also announced a collaboration with the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM) to fund new research supporting new practice recommendations. The back-and-forth is just the latest example of changing perspectives in the once reluctant medical community to redefine its role in advocating for policies related to public health in the wake of high-profile mass shootings. The editorial was released the same evening a gunman killed three people inside Chicago's Mercy hospital before shooting himself and another man shot multiple...