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Wow! Dr. Janis Orlowski tells Reporters what its like to treat gunshot victims day after day in a large American Trauma Center.
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Watch Dr. Janis Orlowski's Moving Plea Against Gun Violence After Navy Yard Shootings

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Chief Medical Officer Janis Orlowski added a powerful plea to take action against gun violence in the U.S. to the end of a Monday afternoon press conference. Orlowski was updating the press on 3 injured victims at her hospital after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13, including the gunman. Towards the end of her time in front of the mic, Orlowski's tone changed in response to a question about what stands out to her after Monday's violence.

And the transcript of her remarks:
You know what, we see a lot of trauma. And you know, sometimes it's just, you know —accidents that occur that we get to help people with, because they're accidents. And then you see what I call senseless trauma. And there is — there's something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate.

I — I have to say, I may see this everyday, I may, you know, be the Chief Medical Officer of a very large trauma center. But there's something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries. There is something wrong. and the only thing that I can say is we have to work together to get rid of it.

I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots and not to be an expert on this. We are — we do it well. Very experienced surgeons. But, quite frankly, I would rather they were doing their surgery on other things. And you know, it's a great city. It's a great country. And we have to work together to get rid of this. Because we just cannot have, you know, one more shooting with, you know, so many people killed.

We've got to figure this out. We've got to be able to help each other. We're dealing right now with three innocent people. But my prayers and my thoughts go out to those people who have died as a result of today. And, you know, their families and what they're going to have to go through. So I have to say, you know, it's a challenge to all of us. Let's get rid of this. This is not America. This is not Washington D.C. This is not good. So we have got to work to get rid of this.

Dr. Janis Orlowski was a guest on the Today Show this morning. She said that waen reportors asked her the question what was different in this case the first thing that came to her mind was there was nothing especially different about this case at all. The routine nature of treating gunshot wounds day after day struck her as so absurd she said exactly what was on her mind about having to cope with our uniquely American epidemic of gun violence as a physician in a large American trauma center.  

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  Dealing with this here (6+ / 0-)

    is making me rethink a lot of things.

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:04:57 AM PDT

    •  It's not "conservative" to rely on facts. But here (6+ / 0-)

      the facts are knock-outs if you're concerned with what we do designing our society.

      Americans do defend themselves from time to time with firearms. Criminal attackers get shot. Some of these attackers get killed and the FBI totes up the body counts from our states.

      Last year we have the final reports is 2011: 201 justifiable homicides using guns.

      Same year the totes for gun suicides, homicides, accidental deaths run to 19,392 (in 2010 as per CDC) + 11,000 (8,400 murders) + 800 accidentals. Cops killed another 390. I didn't look it up for the exact figures for suicide/homicide/accidentals -- you're getting an approximation of fact for 2011 that I read 6 months ago.

      CDC pubs 31,672 total firearm deaths for 2011 -- as against the 201 justifiable homicides with guns.

      So it's really 150 to 1 that a gun is a losing proposition.

      More than 150 innocent people get killed by guns for every criminal that gets killed.

      And the gun suicides do not just use another tool to off themselves. Between NYC, Australia and other gun-blocking experience, it look like 2/3 to 3/4 of the gun suicides do not suicide where they cannot get a gun right then when they want it for suicide. Guns are indeed unique.

      The hoax: guns are for personal protection.

      The lies: NRA, RKBA, et al have 1001 of them.

      This Lady Doc has the core of the truth. God bless her.

  •  Guns are lovely (4+ / 0-)

    Hug your gun today.  Jesus packed heat, you know, to protect him from execution.  That's why he carried concealed.  That's why everybody loves him.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:18:18 AM PDT

  •  He didn't kick over no tables (1+ / 0-)
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    He went in there a fuckin' shootin'.  It says so right there in the Holy Book.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:19:38 AM PDT

  •  thanks. I hadn't seen that but I agree with her.nt (5+ / 0-)

    We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

    by nuclear winter solstice on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:59:39 AM PDT

  •  I heard her remarks... (7+ / 0-)

    Live during that media update.

    Just made me cry.  I was so glad she spoke up and out on the topic.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 09:01:06 AM PDT

  •  She was on Lawrence O'Donnell (5+ / 0-)

    last night, but I saw her at the press conference first. Wow. Later, after learning that she had already submitted her resignation, I wondered if she would have spoken so frankly if she hadn't quit.

  •  seriously, though (6+ / 0-)

    doesn't she get how close her hospital is to the NRA headquarters?

    isn't it logical they'd pay more to get her kicked off the staff for speaking out against them?

    the NRA is already freaking out how much coverage her comment is getting. but they obviously think they can handle it.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 09:33:58 AM PDT

  •  but more seriously... (7+ / 0-)

    having friends who are first responders, and thinking they could be in the middle of scenes like this, it would be great to see Congress finally address the issue of gun regulation.

    or at least the idea of who can legally get one, since he did.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 09:36:55 AM PDT

    •  Paranoia + "hearing voices in head" = (0+ / 0-)

      paranoid schizophrenia.

      Not a common affliction: fewer than 200 per million in human populations.

      But they do respond uniquely to the stimulus of video games. The scenarios and responses can replace their every day appreciation of this world.

      This shooter recalls Adam Lanza. Parallel histories and recent mental problems. And similar down-the-rabbit-hole collapse into a video game addiction.

      •  huh? (1+ / 0-)
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        But they do respond uniquely to the stimulus of video games.
        They do, do they? Cite sources, please.
        This shooter recalls Adam Lanza.
        All shooters/ cuases of gun violence recalls all other shooters of gun violence... the thing that recalls them to each other... the murder weapon... guns!
        Parallel histories and recent mental problems.
        No, just because one person has one type of mental issue or disorderand another has another kind, doesn't mean they "parallel" each other, Lanza specific conditions, which I'm not sure were ever fully validated on by any authority that would know, ie, HIPPA laws kinda prevent that, but what Lanza had was something since birth or near birth and had been handicapped by his condition since childhood, was pulled out of school and remained a near recluse at home, when clearly that was not the case with yesterday's shooter who had served in the armed services, had several jobs throughout up until yesterday including a contractor, which is something with Lanza's condition you wouldn't have ssen him do, and we still don't even know enough yet to make all these wild specualtive claims, as was the case the day of and after in Newtown some much the media first reported there they got wrong and even months after, not much was released that wasn't already known and verirified, and infact they kept getting things wrong.

        Don't broad brush all mental illnesses and disorders as just "you haveone, you have them all" bigotted mentality, please.

        And similar down-the-rabbit-hole collapse into a video game addiction.
        Huh? Where are you getting this from? Hell, even I tried to follow reports going back and forth whether Lanza even possesed video games in the first place, the only "source", the media went wild on the day of the Newtown shooting was when some schlocky media outlet talked to a freaking plumber who worked once at the house of all people saying he saw Lanza playing "shooter games" and this "telephone game" of increasingly blowing up the "evilness" of that just snow balled from there with no verifying facts. Then rightwingy outlet CBS with conjunction with the now right-wingy PBS (don't believe me on that, take alook at how much they discredited themselves on both their reporting on Chiened CPI and their just obvious lying on their report on who recieves disability and how its an "outrage", etc) tried to claim that a swath of games were recovered from the home, but that seemed to have gotten walked back by all media sources that reported on what CBS/PBS claimed  when the media acxtually did try to scrutinize that list, and correction were made in small print everywhere, infact to this day I'm not certain if any games were found, but the only convincing claim might be that Lanza play the Dynasty Warrior Games, which  have NO GUNS in them whatsoever, only swords and bo staffs as its set in the past dynasties of China for most of the games (I think some spin offs had Japan as their setting.)

        So with that, again, I would say "source, please" but on this one you'd have to be extra careful to actually vet your source, and what that sources source is, before presenting it to me as evidence less wise I'll pick it apart, especially anything written back in tspring write before the summer, anything current is whats best.

        And similar down-the-rabbit-hole collapse into a video game addiction.
        Also, this is flatout wrong, even the worst sources reporting on Lanza din't state some certainty of some "video game addiction" playing video games and going from that to a claim of addiction is a huge far stretch, and one that might even not yet be recognized medically, I know there was a push for it, and had it finally been recognized, that would have occured sometime this year, prior to when Lanza would have been alive much less diagnosed.
  •  This doesn't fit the narrative (0+ / 0-)

    Murder rates are way down since 1980.

    Seeing as guns cause crime, shouldn't the above linked page from a US federal government website show a higher murder rate in gun-loving non-metropolitan areas?

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:31:42 AM PDT

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