Another day, and another senseless act of gun violence.
I sat down tonight to start writing about my experiences working as a locums primary care physician in the heartland of America and the Indian Health Services.
There’s a lot to write about, in terms of the myriad of chronic diseases facing this population and the stressed healthcare services that’s trying to care for them.
Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, tobacco abuse, alcohol abuse, obesity etc etc.
I forgot about one particular epidemic until I received a push notification on my phone about the shooting in Lafayette, Lousiana.
Another city, different from where I’m working but still uniquely American, trying to persevere through violence perpetrated by some who believe was just a person. Other’s who will attest he’s a person who culturually and perhaps legally was allowed to obtain an unneccssary appendage of violence.
In tragedy, the natural tendency is for people to come together.
When it comes to tragedy from gun violence, we seem to grow further apart as a nation, debating the merits of a vestigial amendment. This too, another uniquely American reality.
Another shooting and another night of mourning.