Dear NRA, Your Weapons Aren't Worth The Innocent Lives They Take, So Stay In Your Lane

Dear NRA, Your Weapons Aren't Worth The Innocent Lives They Take, So Stay In Your Lane

Gun violence IS a doctor's lane, not yours.

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This past November, Twitter exploded with a new hashtag, #ThisIsOurLane, to act against gun violence. The movement occurred shortly after the NRA retweeted a paper from the American College of Physicians by the Annals of Internal Medicine. The piece was titled "Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States" and it suggested a push to stop gun violence by speaking out to support "appropriate regulation of the purchase of legal firearms."

On Nov. 2, the NRA put out an editorial dismissing the piece, saying it was just "every anti-gunner's wish list." Then, they retweeted the ACP paper on their Twitter account.

Not only did the NRA retweet this ACP paper, but they also made a comment saying that "someone should tell self-important antigun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the article in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves." It goes without saying that this genuinely upset everyone in the medical field.

For starters, that tweet was made only a few hours before the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks by 28-year-old Ian David Long, who was a former Marine.

It was then that doctors came together and started their movement. Each doctor, surgeon, resident, etc, came out and shared gruesome photos and stories on their Twitters with the hashtag "This Is Our Lane." All seemed to agree on one thing, the NRA created their lane, and it is not even a lane anymore, but a highway.

This epidemic led to many controversial debates on whether to keep guns or ban them altogether. Some doctors forwardly stated that guns and gun violence were a major issue and we needed to get rid of it completely. One doctor stated that they don't want to "[take] your guns - we just don't want to be shot." Her comment alone reached thousands, but it also angered many people. Twitter users went as far as to use the excuses "people kill people" and "people are the problem."

If people are the problem, then why do you want to give the problem guns? Does that not sound alarming to anyone?

Some Twitter users who followed the movement closely joined the argument with statistics to fight against the NRA. They mentioned how in 311 days into the year, there had already been 307 shootings. Others talked about the fact that firearms are the second leading death amongst teens and young adults, following shortly behind motor vehicle accidents. Then, a few people used food to reason against the NRA. One person tweeted out that the E. coli ridden lettuce that had killed four people was removed from shelves immediately, yet guns have been involved in over 300 mass shootings and are still available at Walmart.

The stories and photos shared with this hashtag were disturbing and quite heartbreaking. Most showed pictures of bloody floors and scrubs, while some chose to show the plethora of equipment used to try to treat patients that didn't survive. There were many tweets about the encounters that the doctors were faced with as well. One truly upsetting story consisted of a man who shot his pregnant girlfriend during a fight. The only reason she survived was because her unborn baby had stopped the bullet. Needless to say, the baby did not make it. Another story told of a young man shot in the chest and in his last breaths, grabbed one doctor and whispered, "please don't let me die."

To the NRA: you are right. It isn't a doctor's "lane" to advocate against guns and gun violence. It is their Highway. It is their job. It is their life. Shame on you for not realizing that your "rights" are costing hundreds of lives. No weapon is worth the amount of pain that a family goes through when they are told that their child, parent, sibling, friend, or lover has died. No weapon is worth the cost of a proper funeral. Your weapons are not worth this. Stay out of our lane, NRA.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From Kid President That Got Us Through Our Toughest Days

He might be young, but he's so wise.

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The Kid President made his debut in 2012 and has impacted many lives with his positivity and kind words. He provides insight into negative situations and gives us all words to live by. Here are 10 times his words helped us get through the day.

1. When we didn't want to follow through with plans.

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Your kids love you as a parent. They look up to you and value everything you do! Realistically, you're doing a great job and your kids see it, too.

3. When you felt like quitting.

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You might be an adult, but there's still a force within you to keep you going.

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Kid President gives great advice when it comes to being stressed: pause, breathe, love. It only takes a few minutes to pause and breathe in order to get back on track.

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You have so much to say and share, people will listen, especially if you have good things to say.

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If you're wearing pants and have toilet paper, you're doing a good job being an adult.

10. When you needed encouragement to get up.

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Kid President is the king of good advice. It's all put in simple terms because we don't need to complicate anything anymore.

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