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This Is Our Lane: Mobilizing the Medical Community


Brady and This Is Our Lane elevate the voices of healthcare professionals on the frontlines of America’s gun violence epidemic.

Following a 2018 comment by the NRA that doctors should “stay in their lane” and had no business in sharing solutions to prevent gun violence, Brady Board member and gun violence survivor Dr. Joseph V. Sakran launched @ThisIsOurLane, a community of medical professionals dedicated to reducing firearm injuries and deaths.

“Doctors, nurses, medics, and other health professionals face the horrific reality of gun violence every day. We’re uniquely situated to address this senseless public health epidemic head-on.”

— Brady Board Member and @ThisIsOurLane Founder Dr. Joseph V. Sakran

@ThisIsOurLane sparked a grassroots movement. For the first time, the public was able to hear and see what those on the frontlines of America’s gun violence public health crisis experience every day while treating gunshot victims in trauma centers and emergency rooms across the country. It also sparked action, with doctors and healthcare professionals testifying before Congress and state legislatures, helping win historic gun violence prevention research funding, inspiring the American College of Surgeons to host an annual firearm injury prevention summit, and more.

Read and Share Our Open Letter to Senators >>

Published in Roll Call, our open letter is signed by 50 healthcare professionals — including surgeons, pediatricians, emergency medicine doctors, and more — and implores the U.S. Senate to save lives by passing an assault weapons ban.


Tackling Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic

Focused on nonpartisan solutions and taking action, not sides, we’re blazing the trail for a public health approach to preventing America’s gun violence epidemic.

Brady has long viewed gun violence as a national crisis and public health epidemic and has partnered with @ThisIsOurLane since its inception. We believe gun violence is not a Democratic or Republican issue, but rather a uniquely American epidemic. We believe in evidence-based strategies tailored to the communities most impacted. Our programs, grassroots advocacy, and policy work address the root causes of gun homicide, gun suicide, mass shootings, and unintentional shootings.

Read more about Brady’s approach on gun violence as a public health issue in reports like The Mental Health Impact of Mass Shootings, Shooting Costs, and The Truth About Suicide and Guns. You can also listen to episodes from Brady’s Podcast “Red, Blue, and Brady” featuring healthcare professionals discussing issues like firearm suicide, how to talk to kids about gun violence, and the role of healthcare professionals in the movement to prevent gun violence.

 

Sign and Share Our Open Letter to Senators

We’ve mobilized a broad swath of healthcare professionals — including surgeons, pediatricians, emergency medicine doctors, and more — to send an open letter to senators demanding the U.S. Senate pass a federal assault weapons ban. Together, we can raise our voices to demand sensible, evidence-based solutions to save lives.

Dear Senators,

We are trauma surgeons, pediatricians, emergency medicine doctors, and healthcare professionals, and we’re in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with your offices to urge the Senate to bring the Assault Weapons Ban Act to a vote before the end of the current session. This past year, we’ve treated over 110,000 Americans who have been shot. Forty-five thousand of those never made it home. These senseless tragedies are increasing, with gun-related injury becoming the leading cause of death in children and adolescents. Tackling this complex public health problem requires a number of solutions, one of the most important of which is banning assault weapons.

While this measure continues to gather dust in the Senate, the slaughter of Americans with military-style assault rifles has ripped apart families and communities across the country. From a grocery store in Buffalo and an LBGTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs to a July 4th parade in Highland Park and an elementary school in Uvalde, the one thing that holds true in all these circumstances is that the best medical treatment is prevention.

Assault weapons are uniquely deadly. Data demonstrates mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur under the federal assault weapons ban of 1994. And we have seen this firsthand. These weapons operate with such force they literally blow holes into human bodies. They liquefy organs and explode bones. While we do our best to save lives and treat the destruction caused by military weapons that leave bodies resembling blocks of swiss cheese, it’s not always possible. Sometimes, children’s bodies are left so unrecognizable that parents can only identify them through DNA tests.

While the care we provide to patients is critical, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to think beyond the bedside to advocate for solutions to address this public health crisis. From motor vehicle fatalities and tobacco to clean water and vaccines, healthcare professionals have always been at the forefront of addressing public health problems. We want to make sure our position is clear: Failing to pass an assault weapons ban means more patients on our operating tables and explaining to families that their loved one is never coming home.

We plead with you to bring the Assault Weapons Ban to a vote before the legislative session ends. And we call on all others to join us, Brady, This is Our Lane, and our partner March Fourth by contacting your senators and demanding the Senate pass this life-saving bill without delay.

Signed,

Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA FACS, Brady Board Member and @ThisIsOurLane Founder
Aaron Wolfe, DO
Amy Shriver, MD FAAP
Angela Scott, MD, FAAP
Ashley B. Hink, MD, MPH
Bijan Ketabchi, MD, MPH
Brian Eichner, MD
Brian R. Stork, MD, FACS
Brittany Ebbing, MD, MPH
Cathy White, MD
Christina Colosimo, DO MS
Christopher Turner, MD MPH
Cynthia Carter, DO
Dorothy R. Novick, MD
Dr. Morgan Wurtz
Dr. Vladimirovna Tatiana, DO
Dr. Cassandra Stegall, DO
Dr. Jennifer Gemmill Eileen Broomall, MD
Elliot Lieberman, MD
Emily Lieberman, MD
Habib Khoury, MD
Halleh Akbarnia, MD FACEP
Hannah Boutros-Khoury, M.D.
James McJunkin, MD
Jena Krueger, MD
Jennifer Rubin, MD
Jenny Stevens, MD MPH
Jerrold Eichner, MD
Jordan Vaughn, MD
Kelsey Gastineau, MD FAAP
Kerith E. Spicknall, MD
Kristen Kann, MD
Kristine M. Pleacher, MD
Lindsay D. Clukies, MD
Maya Haasz, MD
Melissa Kelley, MD
Nadja Peter, MD
Nicholas Puoplo, MD
Nicole M. King, MD
Peter T. Masiakos, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP
Rebecca Meyers, MD
Roy Guerrero, MD
Sabah Servaes, MD
Seth Trueger, MD MPH FACEP
Sheena Gupta McKenzie, MD, MBA, FAAP
Sofia Chaudhary, MD
Terence McAllister, MD FAAP
Mary Ottolini, MD
Zachary Beck Domont, MD