FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Max Samis, Press Secretary
#ThisIsOurLane - Medical Community Continues Its Fight Against Gun Violence Following Chicago Hospital Shooting
Washington, D.C., November 20, 2018 – Following a mass shooting at a Chicago hospital that killed three people, as well as the gunman, medical professionals across the country are continuing to raise their voices against gun violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement from Dr. Joseph Sakran, a board member of the organization and Director of Emergency General Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Sakran created the growing #ThisIsOurLane movement after the NRA posited that doctors need to stop raising their voices about the issue of gun violence. Dr. Sakran is uniquely well qualified to lead this effort as a trauma surgeon and gun violence survivor who survived being shot in the neck at the age of 17.
Dr. Joseph Sakran stated,
“Every day, victims of gun violence flood into my emergency room and into trauma centers all over the country. This public health epidemic can strike anywhere at any time, and last night’s shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital made perfectly clear that, no matter what anyone says, #ThisIsOurLane. Doctors and medical professionals are on the front lines, confronting gun violence in all its horrors on a daily basis and comforting families who must endure the heavy toll of losing precious lives to gun violence. We have a moral imperative to speak out, to do all we can to help members of our communities avoid ever becoming our patients. We will continue to work together and raise our voices as one to create change in communities across America.”
Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign, added,
“From students to parents to business leaders to doctors, we’ve seen people from every corner of society come together in the fight against gun violence. This is an epidemic that touches each and every one of us, but trauma surgeons and emergency doctors, more than most, see the impact of gunshots on an up close and personal basis. When they speak out and tell the public that we can take steps to reduce gun violence in our communities, they are speaking from a position of authority and of a genuine desire to honor their oaths to save lives. So listen to your doctors - they know what’s best.”
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.