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# This is Our Lane

Dr. Judy Melinek

The American College of Physicians recently released an updated position paper on “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths from Gun Violence in the United States.”

The College’s recommendations center around the notion that gun violence should be treated as a public health epidemic, and that it’s well within the purview of doctors and other health professionals to ask their patients about firearms—namely, do you own them, and if so, are they safely stored? Are they kept in a place where your children can’t get to them?

This makes sense to me, but I’m a doctor. I don’t hunt, nor have I ever owned a gun.

The College’s position makes some very uncomfortable—it’s not a medical issue, they say. This is about personal behavior. Choice. Individual rights.

The NRA sent a tweet in response to the position paper:

Told to “stay in our lane,” doctors have loudly declared #ThisisOurLane, and now have a Twitter handle and thousands upon thousands of tweets stating that it’s medical professionals who care for gunshot victims. Many sent pictures of themselves spattered with blood from taking care of gunshot victims in emergency rooms and operating suites.

One doctor, a forensic pathologist and medical examiner in Oakland, tweeted back to the NRA:

Understandably, Dr. Melinek’s tweet went viral, and she was interviewed the world over—from Africa to Australia—even on Amanpour.

Dr. Melinek was kind enough to speak with me—our interview occurred recently for #MedicalMonday on KWGS-Public Radio Tulsa, and drew a tremendous response.

Like Dr. Melinek, I find it frustrating that the NRA’s strong advocacy has had such a chilling effect on research into gun safety and gun violence in the U.S.

Shutting down attempts to gather more detailed information is a bully tactic of someone or something afraid of truth. How can people make informed decisions without really knowing the effects of gun ownership and use?

Advocate for gun rights all you want. But let the research be done.

Medical Mondays on KWGS Radio

kwgs-logo-lg2Thanks to the many of you that have inquired about the lack of recent posts. Fear not — you have not had your subscriptions cancelled.

GlassHospital has been on hiatus for some family-related events and the production of a new radio program that will air weekly on KWGS Radio, 89.5-FM, also known as Public Radio Tulsa.

It will run every Monday, broadcast in Tulsa at 11:30AM central and again at 7:30PM. Starting today!

This is the weekday slot occupied by Tulsa’s longstanding interview program “Studio Tulsa,” hosted for 23 years by Rich Fisher.

Rich has been gracious enough to allow me to host the program every Monday — the only difference is that it will be specifically covering health, medicine and wellness related topics.

Think of it as “StudioTulsa: Medical Mondays.” That’s what we’re going to call it.

If you can’t catch it live, you can always stream it at your convenience at studiotulsa.org.

Thanks for listening!

— John

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