RI Doctor Shares Stories of Gun Violence from the ER

The Twitter movement, #docs4gunsense, comes in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

On Monday, Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Rhode Island Hospital and an associate professor at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, used Twitter to publish a series of harrowing stories she’d gathered from doctors across the nation. All involve gun violence, and they frame the discussion — escalated, in part, by the school shooting at at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — as a broader public health issue.

“Over the past 2 days, hundreds of doctors have shared heartbreaking accounts of how is a issue. These are the stories of … May their words make a difference,” Ranny wrote.

One of the earliest accounts came from a pediatrician:

Another, from a Rhode Island doctor, shows the generational effect of gun violence:

These emergency room doctors treat all forms of injury resulting from gun use, whether the person they’re trying to save was shot on purpose — targeted gang violence or domestic violence — or by accident, including this truly devastating account:

Ranney published dozens from her own account, but hundreds more MDs from around the nation have contributed stories of lives lost, or irrevocably altered, from gun violence.


The entire thread is worth a read, below. (As is this Huffington Post story from 2017, “What Bullets do to Bodies.”) We’ve reached out to Dr. Ranney for comment, and we’ll update this post when we hear back.