Obama’s top pick for Surgeon General says that, “guns are a healthcare issue.” Coming from Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, this not nothing surprising. He has a long history promoting gun control and savaging American’s second amendment rights. Murthy is currently the President and founder of Doctors for America, which evolved from a campaign organization called Doctors from Obama, started in 2008. Murthy and the group successfully lobbied for a Florida law that would have prevented doctors from including whether a patient is a gun owner in their personal medical file.
Murthy’s anti-gun history is proudly up for display on his twitter account, where he has tweeted things such as “tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of the NRA. Guns are a health care issue.” Equally charming, Murthy would later tweet, “NRA press conference disappointing but predictable – blame everything in the world except guns for the Newtown tragedy. #wakeup” almost immediately following the news of the Newtown shooting.
It is becoming common for doctors to ask patients whether they have guns in their home, and it is very possible that Murthy would try and make this invasive questioning mandatory. The NRA has expressed strong opposition to Murthy’s nomination, and has contacted their 5 million members to contact their Senators to express their concerns over Murthy’s nomination. In a letter to Senate leadership, NRA-ILA Executive Director, Chris Cox, outlined his reasons why Murthy is not fit to hold the position of Surgeon General of the United States.
” The National Rifle Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., as United States Surgeon General.
The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government’s public health efforts. In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General’s actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives. In this regard, Dr. Murthy’s record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America’s 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano has also come out against Murthy’s nomination, saying whether someone owns a gun or not is “none of the government’s business, (and) it’s none of the hospital’s business.” The Judge recalls being in a hospital asking his doctors if they tell their patients they aren’t required to answer questions about their gun ownership. Sadly, Napolitano reported they told him, “no they don’t.”
Murthy is a zealot who seems more concerned about his anti-gun agenda than he is about the health and safety of the American people. It is harrowing to consider what such man given the power and status of the Surgeon General will do. A doctor needs to known if a patient has a gun in their home just as much as they need to know whether a patient has a steak knife or weed whacker in their home.
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