Democrats Try to Squeeze in Anti-Gun Surgeon General Vote Before GOP Takes Control of Senate
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Current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged to give President Obama’s choice for Surgeon General a vote prior to the new GOP controlled senate convening in 2015 according to The Hill.
Vivek Murthy, the nominee, has previously made anti-gun statements.
According to the Washington Times,
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.”
Rand Paul spoke out against Vivek’s nomination:
I believe Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon Gen because of his intent to launch an attack on our right to own firearms.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 13, 2014