My thoughts of love, prayer and condolences to all who have been affected with the tragic shooting that took place at a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday June 1st, 2022. The tragic event is described as a patient brought an AR-Style rifle to shoot and kill after receiving medical treatment from a back-operation by the surgeons at the Natalie Building on the St. Francis Hospital Campus. The tragic even claimed the life of five individuals: the doctors that provided treatment to the gunman and the shooter. The victims are named as Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, William Love and Amanda Glenn. The Physician who performed the surgery was Dr. Phillips. Micheal Louis is named as the patient and shooter, he was 45.

While there is much discussion surrounding the terrible tragedy of gun violence, and the repeated cycles of violence, for this case in particular I think it is important to highlight that there are absolutely systemic barriers to receiving health-care including barriers to care and the judgement of Professional Doctors that do cause patient frustrations, anxiety, as well as a loss of trust and faith in health-care systems. The extreme backlash and response to this is as exemplified from the Tulsa, Oklahoma incident. Thus to recognize the importance of patient feed-back, and in and out patient care, the Hippocratic Oath of Ethics that was historically taken by Physicians and medical practitioners of – Do No Harm. That is derived from the Latin phrase – primum non nocere.

In my personal view, and the popular view that is circulating amongst current discussions, is the response of shoot to kill the best to regulate a system and send a stark message to the field work? This thought can also be transferred to the recent shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and the Supermarket Mass Shooting in New York.

My thoughts of love, prayer and condolences to the victims, communities and all who are affected during this difficult time.

Image 1 – Link of the Tulsa Skyline.

Notes: Please note that these thoughts are a reflection of the Tulsa shooting and are not a complete thought pertaining to the on-going discussions and debates of gun-violence. All views and opinions are my own. Thank you.

With Love & Kindness! 🇺🇸

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