Make sure you stop for just a few minutes and watch this video. There are no words that can bring back loved ones lost in today’s tragic shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., but when you hear Dr. Janis Orlowski, the Chief Medical Officer at MedStar Hospital, the facility treating at least some of the victims of today’s shooting, we can at least all take some comfort that there many among us who even in the face of great tragedy can speak truth to power.
Dr. Orlowski, clearly moved by not just the victims she’s seen today, but by the many victims she sees week and week out at her facility, answered a reporter’s question with some of the most heartfelt and non-partisan commentary on gun control you might ever hear. Rather than try to sum-up what the good doc had to say, it’s best for you just to read them for yourself, and hear them in her own, shaken but resolute voice.
“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.“