Remember this guy?
We talked about Dr. Vivek Murthy last year because of his stance as a gun grabber and his being O’s choice as SG for that very reason. He said then:
“Medications and medical devices are pulled from the market when their risks outweigh their benefits. So should we rethink the weapons that we allow on our streets.”
Remember too, that Dr. Murthy is the president and co-founder of Doctors for
Obama America, a liberal group whose crusades for anti-2A measures are predicated on the mistaken notion that gun ownership is an issue between doctor and patient.
Due largely to his lack of qualifications and his anti-gun stance, Murthy faced stiff opposition during the debate in the Senate over his confirmation. In the end, he was only confirmed by the bare majority of 51 votes in a December 2014 lame duck session before Republicans took control of the Senate.
Evidence supporting Dr. Murthy’s anti-gun stance appeared in a tweet he sent in 2012 which read: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of (National Rifle Association). Guns are a health care issue.”
Since that tweet, Murthy has remained quiet regarding the issue of guns, even promising the Senate, “I do not intend to use the surgeon general’s office as a bully pulpit for gun control.”
Last week, after he was finally officially sworn into his new post, the doctor appeared on NPR, where he was asked to expound on his infamous tweet, and explain how he plans to address the issue of gun violence from his position as Surgeon General.
According to The Daily Caller, Murthy said,
“Violence of all kinds is a public health issue. When you have large numbers of people dying from preventable causes, that’s a pubic health care issue. 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.”
When pressed by the NPR host about whether he would use his position to push for more gun control, Murthy simply replied that he is seeking “common sense” solutions, a “feel good” phrase that liberals use which typically translates into more restrictions and infringements on our Second Amendment rights.
Anti-gun groups and citizen control activists cheered over Murthy’s statement, viewing it as a positive indicator for more infringement of law-abiding gun owners’ rights.
Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control group headed up by former Arizona Rep. Gabbie Giffords, gleefully exclaimed:
“A big step for common sense: Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy was sworn in just a few minutes ago!”
“The gun lobby fought hard against his nomination – all because he’d said gun violence is a ‘health care issue.’ With your help, we went toe-to-toe with the gun lobby, and we won. Now, we have a Surgeon General who recognizes what the data makes quite clear: gun violence is a threat to public health.”
Dr. Vivek Murthy’s confirmation should be of great concern for gun rights supporters, as his chosen path toward gun control is to focus on mental health as the central factor in whether or not people should be allowed to own guns.
We have already seen how Dr. Murthy’s “mental health” excuse will be used to disarm good people, as the VA has already gone down this path, declaring veterans “incompetent” and stripping them of their right to keep and bear arms.
Both California and New York are doing the same thing, using issues of mental health as excuses to confiscate firearms from competent and lawful gun-owning citizens.
Gun rights advocates must stay vigilant regarding Dr. Murthy, as there is little doubt that he will use the influence of his office to push the gun control agenda. He is just another liberal cog in the Obama machine, with an end-game to strip Americans of their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
My guess is we can look for him to start in the VA with our veterans, then there will be a push for regulations in the private psychiatric field. As is the lefties’ style, the changes will be slow and subtle at first, with only a few grumbling, so it will be barely noticeable.
He wants to open the door that allows doctors to talk to their patients about gun safety, but did he consider that doctors are not authorities on guns? There are probably hundreds of doctors who don’t even own guns or know beans about them.
Another of his goals is to remove the provision in O’care and other federal policies that prohibits physicians from documenting gun ownership.
If he really wanted to stop senseless deaths, he should forget the guns and go after abortions. That causes more deaths than guns ever could.
Stay vigilant, indeed. We better keep our eye on this guy. He’s dangerous.