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dateline: 21 November 2018

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US Doctors Slam Gun Lobby with #ThisIsOurLane

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • NRA: National Rifle Association
  • gun lobby: an organization that fights for gun ownership rights (the right to bear arms)
  • criticism: disapproval
  • hashtag: a keyword used on social media
  • firearm: gun
  • take one’s own life: to kill oneself

US Doctors Slam Gun Lobby With #ThisIsOurLane

Medical professionals all over the US their voices in the gun control this week after the NRA tweeted “anti-gun doctors” should “stay in their lane.” The gun lobby group was referring to a paper by the American College of Physicians calling on the US to treat gun-related violence as a public health . The NRA’s criticism received over 22,000 responses on Twitter, including many photos from doctors and nurses who used the hashtag #ThisIsOurLane to share personal stories of firearm violence and its on families.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. Why did the NRA tweet that doctors should “stay in their lane”?
  3. How did medical professionals respond to the NRA on Twitter?

Discussion Questions

Is gun violence a public health threat? Should doctors tell parents that having firearms in the home is a risk to children, or is this going “out of their lane”?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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