Dr. Michael Siegel: More On How The American College of Physicians Supports The NRA.
Michael R. Weisser
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It is regrettable that Dr. Siegel continues to make wrongful assertions about the ACP — the most preposterous now being that we are helping the NRA. Read our policy papers. Look at all of our communications and public statements. Look at the work we have done with the American Bar Association and other health advocacy groups to champion policies that would reduce gun violence without runnning afoul of the Supreme Court rulings on the 2nd Amendment. Look at our Florida chapter’s success in suing the state of Florida to overturn the NRA-supported ban on doctors discussing gun safety with patients. Our record speaks for itself. https://www.acponline.org/cgi-bin/policy-library?search_kw=Firearms This is being supportive of the NRA? Preposterous.

That ACP advocates on issues in addition to gun violence is necessary and appropriate; our members determine our policies, and we have policies and advocacy on hundreds of issues including but not limited to gun violence. That we are seeking to reduce paperwork burdens that detract from clinicians’ ability to engage and spend time with patients, add costs and frustration to the system, and contribute to physician burnout is a good thing — for the profession and the public. It does not elevate that issue above gun violence; we are capable of advocating on both gun violence and paperwork reduction, and funding to address opioids, and universal coverage, and women’s health, and climate change, and so much more. For example, legislation we supported to address the opioids epidemic had huge bipartisan majority support, including from lawmakers who disagree with us on, say, gun policy. Some members of Congress will support us on one issue, but not another, that’s the real world. As much as we would like to find that lawmaker who agrees with us on everything, she does not exist. We are not a single issue organization, and that is a good thing for the profession and the public we serve.

Who benefits from Dr. Siegal’s wrong-headed efforts to attack ACP, the leading physician organization committed to ending gun violence? The gun lobby.

Fortunately, I and ACP will not be sidetracked by his posts from continuing our mission of proud advocacy for patients and physicians — including policies to end the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

P.S. The NRA evidently doesn’t view ACP as a friend. Imagine that. https://www.nraila.org/articles/20181102/surprise-physician-group-rehashes-same-tired-gun-control-policies