September 17th, 2013

Guns make gunshot wounds: It has to end – trauma doc’s plea


Again advocates of stopping psychological violence at work must face the reality that organizational life is part of societal life. It is all connected. Massacres remind us of the American brand of violence that is all too frequent. Bullying pales in comparison, but it is a form of violence. When we demand that it stop, we have to acknowledge the societal context.

Moral decency trumps NRA distorted rationales for availability of military combat weapons for citizens. Buried in the saturation media coverage of the Sept. 16 Washington Navy Yard massacre was a press conference by Med Star Washington Hospital Center CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Janis Orlowski, M.D.

I first heard her comments on the radio. She was remarkable in that her voice wavered as she spoke eloquently about “evil” visited upon families when death and injuries of the innocents in the typical American massacres. She said that we all have to “work together” to stop it. The “it” was unclear. Then, in response to a question, she began the statement captured in the Associated Press video below. As soon as she said that we used to fight with fists, then knives, then guns, the networks cut away from her.

She had uttered the forbidden 4-letter word: GUNS. As a trauma expert, she called massacres “senseless trauma,” and hoped that her trauma center could someday be put out of business because massacres (i.e., gunshot wounds) might be stopped. Emergency physicians have long lobbied for gun control because they see the wholesale slaughter of humans that guns allow.

Dr. Orlowski’s full statement about guns is captured in the video below. We should all listen and dive into the “gun control debate.”

A timeline showing how it took only 6 recent years to kill as many Americans in major gun massacres as in the prior 50 years that began with a New Jersey massacre in 1949. Described by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Sept. 16.

The original chart created by University of Maryland, Baltimore County Emeritus Professor Charles Catania that inspired Maddow’s timeline above.

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  1. kachina2 says:

    “We’ve got to do whatever we can to have people argue, to have people disagree…”

    I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment. I believe that the root of much of the violence we witness (directly or indirectly) is in our failure to attend each other and try to understand different perspectives. We are too quick to advance our own agendas and too quick to dismiss the experiences and perspectives of others. We have to create space for diversity and inclusion and define common goals.

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