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On November 7, the National Rifle Association excoriated doctors concerned over the public health issue of gun violence for not consulting gun owners for solutions on how to curb the uniquely American epidemic.

"Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane," the NRA tweeted last Wednesday. "Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves."

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Doctors, nurses and medical students march to the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 23, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas, to demand an end to separation of immigrant children from their parents. - The Trump administration's erecting of a tent city to house minors separated from their parents has drawn sharp criticism, and is still under fire, despite President Trump's executive order to stop family separation. (Photo by Paul RATJE / AFP)

American medical care is currently in shambles. Compounding the difficulties surrounding our fractured system is the issue of how immigrants receive appropriate healthcare.

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Capitalism is synonymous with American culture. It is the very thing that promotes a society dedicated to long work weeks and a competitive workforce.

Imagine that you and your coworkers are offered raises totaling $700 million. You’d celebrate your windfall, correct? Given how much of American society is driven by competitive salaries and profit margins, most Americans would jump at the offer. In Canada, however, the reaction has been the exact opposite. Doctors in Canada are resisting a proposed $700 million increase to their annual salaries.

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Co-sleeping, sleep training, breast versus bottle, free-range versus helicopter parenting – these are all hot-button parenting issues. But no parenting issue invokes more division and derision than vaccination.

The difference, pro-vaccinators argue, between the first examples and vaccination is that the decision not to vaccinate impacts more than just one’s immediate family. Unvaccinated children can present a health risk to those too young to be immunized or who are unable to receive vaccines because of allergies or other health issues.

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