Gun violence; injury prevention; outcomes research; trauma system development; public policy and advancement of surgery in poor resource settings
He started the #ThisIsOurLane gun control campaign for doctors and testified in favor of an “assault weapons” ban and universal background checks before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on “gun violence,” last year.
Firearm injury and death in America is not only a disease, but a public health crisis in the United States. Every day, an average of 109 individuals are killed and more than 240 people suffer injuries secondary to firearm violence. While the United States is a world leader in many arenas, we are failing when it comes to firearm injury prevention.
Firearm-related injury and death is a public health problem creating a vast burden of disease across the spectrum of ages and socioeconomic groups in this country. Additionally, firearm-related violence has a substantial economic burden of over 229 billion dollars per year to the United States health care system. Most concerning, despite advances in trauma systems and health care capabilities, the fatality rate secondary to firearms has not significantly changed or improved.
Dr. Sakran could not be reached for comment on the over 250,000 people who die annually — more than six times the number of firearms deaths — due to medical mistakes and malpractice (that’s according to, er, Johns Hopkins).
The good doctor issued a flurry of tweets yesterday announcing that he’d been threatened and implied that he suspects the culprit is targeting him due to his gun control advocacy.
Debated whether to share this, & after a lot of thought here it is:
Last week I’m leaving my home for work & I find this paper under my windshield.
One does not have to see the rest of the sentence that was covered to understand the intent of this message, a Death Threat.
— Joseph Sakran (@JosephSakran) January 25, 2020
Click over to read the full thread in which the surgeon bravely proclaims his resistance to threats (while likening himself to Martin Luther King) and pledges to continue his work aimed at further limiting Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
There’s just one problem. Take a closer look at one of the images of the threatening flyer Sakran allegedly discovered on his windshield.
To the left of the flyer, you can see the reflection of the ceiling of Dr. Sakran’s garage. That’s the plainly visible pull-down access door.
That raises a few questions. Did the good doctor leave his garage door open all night? Did someone break into his garage in order place that threatening message on his windshield? If so, did he call the police to report the crime? If not, why not?
Sakran’s tweet is getting pummeled unmercifully in response to what appears to many to be a false claim of a death threat.
How did that get put on your windshield in your garage? You can see your attic access panel in your own photo.
— Rob McNealy (#TUSC Cult Leader 🐘) (@RobMcNealy) January 26, 2020
Probably your cat, since your car is obviously in your garage. I think your an Anti, or trying to start a panic. Despicable either way
— 870 Operator (@870Operator) January 26, 2020
— CAPSLOCK HUSTLA 🤡🌎 (@CAPSLOCKHUSTLER) January 26, 2020
Next time you plan to “Smollett” us try not having the reflections of the inside of your own garage in your windshield.. #jussiesmollettschooloffakenews
— The Original Straw Smuggler (@ethebuilder) January 26, 2020
— The World’s Foremost Authority (@RayShowRatio) January 26, 2020
Since you didn’t mention a report to the police, I looked into it, and I think I’ve found the culprit and his accomplis pic.twitter.com/OPSu6gVG5i
— ChimpTastic Learned to Code (@Chimptactical) January 26, 2020
We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.