NRA Gets Tough on Congress in Regards to Obama’s Surgeon General Pick, Will Score Confirmation Votes
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The NRA doesn’t usually score votes on appointment confirmations, so this represents a bit of a hardline shift for them. It’s been announced that the Senate’s vote to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general will be scored by the NRA. This means that a vote for Murthy will cause lawmaker’s prized NRA ratings to drop.
The NRA has taken some criticism in the past for not scoring more votes, especially confirmations of possible anti-gun appointments to cabinet positions.
Dr. Vivek Murthy has proven himself to be anti-gun at several turns, though he has so far side stepped answering questions about his stance on gun rights to concerned senators.
According to Miller’s article (hit the link to read the whole thing, it’s good stuff),
Dr. Murthy is the 36-year-old president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that advocates for Obamacare and gun control laws.
The group calls gun violence “a public health crisis.” It pushes for Congress to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines and calls for spending tax dollars for more gun-control research.
The organization also lobbies for doctors to be allowed to ask patients, including minors, whether they have legal guns in the home. If the patient admits to having guns, Dr. Murthy wants doctors to “counsel them appropriately about safety measures.”
Executive Director of the NRA-ILA, Chris Cox, has officially sent a letter to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell voicing the NRA’s opposition to Murthy’s confirmation.