The reason Vivek Murthy’s confirmation as Surgeon General stalled for so long is because he’s an anti-gun fanatic and many Republicans worried that he would use the position to promote gun violence as a health issue and enact a sort of backdoor gun control. Murthy insisted he wouldn’t let his personal politics interfere with his job and enough suckers believed him that he was eventually confirmed by a lame duck democratic Senate.
Now, Murthy has done an interview with the National Public Radio (NPR), and for the first time as Surgeon General has made comments about his gun position. And yes, he intends to push gun control as a health issue.
Before he became the Surgeon General, Murthy was quite the anti-gun activist. As a member of Doctors for America he held the position that assault rifles should be banned, magazine capacities limited, and gun access be severely limited. In a series of tweets, he wrote this:
Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. #debatehealth
In the NPR interview, Murthy was asked to explain this tweet:
“Here’s what I meant when I wrote that tweet. Violence of all kinds is a public health issue. When you have large numbers of people dying from preventable causes, that’s a health care issue. That’s a public health issue,” replied Murthy.
Of course he is being coy here when he says “violence of all kinds,” when he really means gun violence. He has never gone on record to condemn knife violence, 2X4 violence, or fist violence. Now that his position is clarified, here’s what he intends to do about it:
“I want to find a way that we can reduce violence in America, and I think you would be hard-pressed to find parents or families of victims, or health care practitioners who would disagree,” Murthy continued.
I guess you could take his statement in a few different ways, but given his track record of anti-gun activism it certainly looks like he wants to use his position as Surgeon General to make guns a health issue and to find a way to limit gun ownership. Now that I think about it, that’s really the only way you can look at what he said.
This recent comment conflicts with what Murthy said during his Senate confirmation hearing last year:
“I do not intend to use the Surgeon General’s office as a bully pulpit for gun control,” fibbed Murthy.
Isn’t it a crime to lie to Congress? I guess if it were, Obama would be in jail right now.
When pressed by the NPR interviewer if Murthy is pushing for more gun control, he responds with, “What I’m calling for is more commonsense.”
Uh oh, we all known that “commonsense” is liberal code for unconstitutional restriction of gun ownership. He did it in a roundabout way, but Vivek Murthy has just said that he will use his office to work against the 2nd Amendment. For the record: the lone Republican Senator to vote for Murthy’s confirmation was Mark Kirk from Illinois.
The only saving grace is that Murthy probably can’t do much to implement his insane anti-gun policies. Much of what he’d like to do would require Congressional funding and/or approval and he’s only got about a year and a half until he’s unemployed. Still, Obama is skilled at getting around the Constitution. He and his Surgeon General minion may have a few tricks left.