‘There’s something different about firearm injuries,” doctor comments on the reality of gunshot wounds

Doctors are increasingly speaking publicly about the effects of gun violence.
Doctors are increasingly speaking publicly about the effects of gun violence.
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 9:49 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - As politicians argue about gun safety laws, doctors are becoming more vocal about the reality of gun violence. They see the results on their operating tables more times than they’d like.

In a House Oversight Committee hearing in Washington this week, Dr. Roy Guerrero explained what it was like to treat the young victims of the Uvalde school massacre. He painted the picture in no uncertain terms.

“What I did find was something no prayer will ever relieve: Two children, whose bodies had been so pulverized by bullets fired at them, decapitated, whose flesh had been ripped apart, that the only clue as to their identities was blood-spattered cartoon clothes still clinging to them. Clinging for life and finding none.”

The vividly disturbing descriptions are often left out of the conversations among those in power, but doctors understand the stakes. Dr. Jennifer Hartwell is another trauma surgeon speaking publicly about the effects of gunshot wounds and the difficult conversations that follow. She spoke to ABC21′s Tom Powell on the News at 7.

A doctor comments on gun injuries and the debate over how to frame gun safety arguments.

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