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Doctors hit back at NRA attacks on gun research: ‘Where are you when I tell families their loved one has died’

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The National Rifle Association this week publicly attacked medical researchers who have concluded that easy access to firearms has led to thousands of needless deaths — and now doctors are hitting back.

Earlier this week, the NRA went after the Annals of Internal Medicine for publishing articles on gun violence that recommended restricting access to firearms.

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“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the NRA wrote on its Twitter account. “Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”

As NBC News reports, several doctors hit back at the NRA by pointing out that they deal with the consequences of gun violence every day — and they are not going to back down from warning people about the dangers of having guns readily available.

“As a Trauma Surgeon and survivor of gun violence I cannot believe the audacity of the NRA to make such a divisive statement,” wrote Dr. Joseph Sakran. “We take care of these patients everyday. Where are you when I’m having to tell all those families their loved one has died.”

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Emergency physician Nahzinine Shakeri similarly slapped down the NRA for lecturing her when she’s the one who has to tell parents that their children have died from gun violence.

“You’re welcome to come along next time I have to tell a mother her child has been shot and killed,” she wrote. “We deal with this tragedy on a daily basis. THIS IS OUR LANE.”

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Emergency physician Megan Ranney was particularly upset that the NRA launched its attacks on doctors less than an hour after a shooter massacred twelve people at a bar in California.

“12 more parents have lost their children,” she wrote. “Another community is traumatized. I have had enough. I am DONE with @NRA telling me I can’t talk about this. DONE accepting federal limits on research. And I know you are, too.”

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Trump’s economic advisers baffled over how to hold off recession that his trade war set it in motion: report

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According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump's economic advisers are baffled about how to stop what appears to be a recession coming before the 2020 election after his trade war upset an already teetering worldwide economy.

With the report noting that Trump had hoped to run on a strong economy as part of his 2020 re-election strategy, warnings from economists that a recession may arrive before then has White House officials in a panic.

"The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That's on top of concerns over Trump's plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking," the report states, adding, "Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric."

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Suspect behind NYC subway bomb scare arrested after being found unconscious in the Bronx: report

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On Saturday, CNN's New York correspondent Polo Sandoval reported that a suspect wanted for placing suspicious rice cookers in New York City subway stations has been arrested after being found unconscious at an address in the Bronx.

"Less than 24 hours it took the NYPD to track down this man in relation to the scare that took place here in New York City," said Sandoval. "A source close to the investigation saying that the individual that they were trying to track down to speak to was apparently placed into custody at about 2AM This morning. He was found unconscious in the Bronx here in New York. He is currently hospitalized."

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It’s not Democrats who are making guns a political issue: It’s all the dead bodies

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We can’t keep up. We can’t keep up with the lies, we can’t keep up with the racism, we can’t keep up with the anti-immigrant hysteria, we can’t keep up with the firings and resignations, we can’t keep up with the flat-out lunacy, but most of all, we can’t keep up with the dead bodies.

In a single week, between Sunday, July 28, and Saturday, Aug. 3, there were three separate mass shootings in this country. In Gilroy, California, at a popular garlic festival, a man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an AK-47 style assault rifle, killed three people and wounded 13. Two of the dead and several of the wounded were children. The shooter had six high-capacity magazines in his possession: one was a drum magazine holding 75 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, and the other five held 40 rounds. He had bought the AK-47 and ammunition just three weeks before he opened fire on the festival goers.

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