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Update: According to MPH Krissy Morgan, a project manager with AFFIRM Research, the “This is Our Lane” open letter was signed by more than 40,000 physicians! Thanks to everyone who participated in this campaign!
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM) published “An Open Letter to the NRA from American Healthcare Professionals” in response to a propaganda campaign launched by the National Rifle Association telling America’s doctors to “stay in their lane” and stop talking about reforms that could reduce gun violence. “This is our lane,” the letter declares. AFFIRM is a non-profit led healthcare leaders and researchers who believe studying gun violence can yield insights on how to save lives.
“Our research efforts have been curtailed by your lobbying efforts to Congress,” the letter declares. Responding to the NRA’s claim that medical professionals consult no one in their research efforts, the signatories called for the NRA to “collaborate with us to find workable, effective strategies to diminish the death toll from suicide, homicide, domestic violence, and unintentional shootings for the thousands of Americans who will one day find themselves on the wrong side of a barrel of a gun.”
The NRA’s anti-doctor campaign was inspired by a new study from the American College of Physicians called “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Death in the United States.” Gun violence prevention research continues to be under-funded in the United States.
Please take one of the following actions:
1) If you are a health care professional (MD, DO, RN, MA, PA, etc.) , sign onto the “This is Our Lane” open letter:
2) If you are not a health care professional, find one or more health care professionals to sign onto the “This is Our Lane” open letter (link directly above).
Once you have signed onto the letter, or gotten a health care professional to do so, fill out the three fields below and click the orange banner to report taking action!