What Next

The Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate

A group of gun-owning surgeons says this really is my lane.

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This week, doctors from all over America took to social media with the hashtag #ThisIsMyLane (or #ThisIsOurLane). They sent pictures of themselves in blood-drenched scrubs and shared stories of treating victims of gun violence. Much of this was in response to the National Rifle Association after a tweet it sent last Wednesday.

Today on the show we talk to Dr. Brendan Campbell, a pediatric surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. He has treated victims of gun violence for more than a decade. This week, he and his fellow colleagues released a new paper in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons recommending new ways to think about gun safety measures—not only as doctors who have seen the damage that a gun can do, but as gun owners themselves.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Engineering by Terence Bernardo.