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The NRA denies the reality of gun violence. Doctors like me know it all too well.
Last week, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a set of guidelines by the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians (ACP) addressing the problem of firearm-related injuries and death from a public health perspective.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) quickly rebuked the journal — and physicians in general — on Twitter, saying: “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”
As a gun rights advocacy group, the NRA’s sharp critique was entirely expected. But the eruption from my physician colleagues on social media was startling. Responding to the NRA’s central point — that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic of guns — medical professionals created a viral hashtag, #ThisISMyLane (also #ThisISOurLane), sharing vivid stories of their clinical experiences with gunshot wound victims, arguing that, despite what the NRA might believe, the issue falls unavoidably into the laps of medical practitioners.
LAWMAKERS PROPOSE SOCIAL MEDIA HATE SPEECH CHECKS BEFORE GUN PURCHASES
Lawmakers in New York have begun drafting legislation that would require potential gun owners to have the past three years of their social media reviewed before they were granted permission to own a firearm.
Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn Borough, and state Senator Kevin Palmer are currently writing the proposed legislation, which would give law enforcement authorities the power to check up to three years of an individual’s social media accounts and internet search history before they are allowed to buy a gun, WCBS Newsradio 880 reported. One of the main aims is to identify any hate speech shared by the users, as the politicians noted that such offensive comments are generally only discovered after mass shootings occur.
“A three-year review of a social media profile would give an easy profile of a person who is not suitable to hold and possess a firearm,” Adams explained, according to the WCBS report.
Idaho Fish and Game commissioner resigns over graphic pictures from African hunting trip
Idaho's Fish and Game commissioner has resigned amid growing backlash after he shared photographs of him smiling and posing with animals he killed during a hunting trip to Africa.
In an email sent to more than 100 friends and colleagues, Blake Fischer attached 12 pictures of himself and his wife posing with various kills in Namibia: an oryx, a giraffe, a waterbuck, a leopard and a group of four baboons, The Idaho Statesman first reported on Friday.
There’s a new global ranking of gun deaths. Here’s where the U.S. stands
In 2016, more than 250,000 people worldwide died as a result of firearms, and half of all of those deaths came from six nations, including the U.S.
The new numbers, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s latest study of Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors, offer several new ways to measure the impact of gun deaths worldwide.
Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations — Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. Together, the study published in the journal JAMA noted, these countries hold less than 10 percent of the world’s population.
Montana had the highest suicide rate in the country. Then budget cuts hit.
Mourners in this small town in northeast Montana, where a strip of appliance shops and bars are dwarfed by vast ranches, packed into a church this month to pray for Michael Lee.
A week earlier, Michael, a 13-year-old who dreamed of playing for the NFL, had killed himself in his family’s red clapboard home. At the funeral on Aug. 3, a row of Michael’s middle-school football teammates sat behind his relatives and friends, wearing maroon jerseys and white armbands with “R.I.P.” handwritten on them. A handful of strangers were there, too; the funeral announcement said anyone affected by suicide was welcome.
That seems to include just about everybody in the state these days.
A dad and son are accused of illegally killing a family of bears and covering it up. They didn't know a camera was running.
A father and son are accused of slaughtering a female black bear and her two cubs as they rested in their den in April.
Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, face several felony and misdemeanor charges related to illegal hunting. It is against the law to shoot a black bear with cubs in Alaska.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers, which announced the charges on Monday, said the act was caught on a motion-activated camera set up inside the den to monitor the bears as part of a study being conducted by the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The camera produced both video and audio of the encounter.
Why States Should Ban Guns From Political Rallies
Some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and as well as number of protesters within the Antifas group, openly carried assault rifles during the events in Charlottesville. The governor has said the police were outgunned at the event. Given the hate-filled speech and the ensuing physical violence, it is remarkable that no shots were fired. We were a trigger-pull away from a bloody shootout with semi-automatic weapons.
Some have suggested that the First Amendment right to congregate and to speak one's mind — no matter how repugnant the content of the speech — conflicted with the Second Amendment right to bear arms at a political rally. The problem with this is that, while the courts have unambiguously affirmed the former, there is no Constitutional right to bear arms at a political rally.
Protection, politics are leading more black women to pick up firearms
Marchelle Tigner is on a mission: to train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm. She had spent no time around guns before joining the National Guard. Now, as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn’t had.
“It’s important, especially for black women, to learn how to shoot,” Tigner said, noting that black women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence. “We need to learn how to defend ourselves.”
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The NRA just released a violent, terrifying ad
Conservative commentator Dana Loesch offers apocalyptic commentary in describing American liberals
A new ad from the National Rifle Association starring conservative commentator Dana Loesch presents a bleak world view. Relying heavily on its use of language and imagery that evokes images of violence, it warns that “they” are going to “march” and “protest,” and what are you going to do about it?
“They use their media to assassinate real news,” Loesch intones right from the start. “They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again… and then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.”
At this point the imagery of the ad has been pretty banal, but the script itself sends an unmistakable message: Liberals are “them” — an other — and have used their power in ways that Loesch heavily insinuates (though prudently avoids flat-out saying) are somehow conspiratorial.
Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says
From 2012 to 2014, on average, 1,297 children died annually from a gun-related injury in the US, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.
The study also revealed which states in the US saw most of those deaths among children and which children may be most at risk for a gun-related injury.
"When you start putting numbers like that to real lives, real people every day who are injured by firearms ... it confirms a statistic we already know a lot about," said Weiser, who was not involved in the study.
Doctors also emphasize that there are methods available to safely secure and store firearms, away from children, and they recommend that parents employ those methods when keeping guns in the home.
Baltimore’s Top Doctor: Why Aren’t We Treating Gun Violence Like A Health Crisis?
Army lost track of more than $1 billion in Humvees, weapons in Iraq, report says
The U.S. Army lost track of more than $1 billion worth of Humvees, rifles and other equipment meant for local allies in the fight against ISIS, according to a report.
An audit of the Iraqi Train and Equip Fund revealed that hundreds of Humvees, tens of thousands of rifles and hundreds of mortars were unaccounted for, according to Amnesty International.
The declassified report, published by the human rights group Wednesday, blamed the mishap on the lack of a central database for keeping track of the equipment destined for the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
The Department of Defense officials’ audit also revealed that the weapons are not tracked after being transferred to the Iraqi government.
NY Daily News
An apolitical profession wakes up: Trauma surgeons speak out about gun violence
There are a lot of voices in the national discourse about gun violence — victims, politicians, activists, lobbyists, gun owners, pundits, law enforcement — but rarely does the public hear from the very people who deal directly with the fallout from gun violence on a daily basis: trauma surgeons. These are the professionals who see the reality behind the cold statistics of injuries and death from firearms. For various reasons, their views and experiences are rarely heard.
A small but growing movement in the world of trauma surgery is trying to change that. The increased attention to the topic of gun control in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and the way the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to the intersection of race and violence, have contributed to an atmosphere where trauma surgeons, some of whom see gunshot victims on a daily basis, feel compelled to speak up.
Study: Road rage incidents involving guns are increasing
The number of road rage incidents involving guns is on the rise. According to a new report released this morning by The Trace, an independent nonprofit news organization that covers gun issues, there were at least 620 gun-involved road rage incidents in 2016; that’s more than double from two years earlier.
Florida had the most in the country over a two-year period, with 146 incidents.
Road rage is often nasty or violent. But when drivers bring guns into the mix, it can be deadly. One year ago, former NFL player Will Smith was gunned down in New Orleans during a road rage incident, in which surveillance footage appears to show one car rear-end the other.