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March 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

I’ve made fun in the past of some Second Amendment advocates who see black helicopters full of Men in Black out to take their guns from them in every effort at regulating firearms.

In the case of President Obama’s choice for Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, they may be right.

Wall Street Journal:

A number of Senate Democrats have indicated that they might oppose President Barack Obama’s choice of Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General, according to Senate aides, putting the nomination at risk over the issue of gun control.

Dr. Murthy’s nomination is opposed by the National Rifle Association, the country’s largest gun lobby, because he has expressed support for gun control, calling it a public-health issue.

Chris Cox, executive director of the group’s political arm, said in a Feb. 26 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) that the NRA opposed Mr. Murthy because of his support for a “wide array of gun control policies,” including a federal ban of certain semiautomatic firearms, often called assault weapons, and their ammunition.

“Given Dr. Murthy’s lengthy history of hostility towards the right to keep and bear arms, along with his calls for the full weight of the federal government’s health apparatus to be used to target lawful gun ownership, there is little reason to believe that he would not work to further a gun control agenda if confirmed as Surgeon General,” Mr. Cox wrote.

The White House hasn’t yet alerted Senate leaders how they plan to proceed on the nomination, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide, who said that as many as 10 Senate Democrats are still considering whether to support Dr. Murthy.

White House officials said they were “recalibrating” their strategy.

Questions over Dr. Murthy’s ability to clear the Senate arose just over a week after the chamber blocked Mr. Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. Several Democrats joined Republicans last week to oppose Mr. Adegbile after opponents highlighted his role in an effort to commute the death sentence of a high-profile, convicted murderer.

The vote marked the first time the Senate had refused to advance one of Mr. Obama’s nominees on the floor since it changed its rules to speed such confirmations last year.

“Vivek was approved out of Committee with bipartisan support, but after the Debo vote, we are recalibrating the strategy around his floor vote,” a senior White House official said Friday. “We expect him to ultimately get confirmed and be one of the country’s most powerful messengers on health and wellness.”

Murthy made all the right noises at his confirmation hearing:

MURTHY: To start, I do not intend to use the Surgeon General’s office as a bully pulpit for gun control. That is not going to be my priority, as we spoke about. My priority and focus is going to be on obesity prevention. There are a number of public health challenges that are facing our nation. My concerns with regard to issues like gun violence have to do with my experience as a physician, seeing patients in emergency rooms, who have come in with acute injuries, but also seeing many patients over the years who are dealing with spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other chronic complications from gun violence. But if given the opportunity to serve as Surgeon General, I’d like to point out a couple of things. One is that I recognize that the role is not to be a legislator or a judge the role is to be a public health educator and to bring the country together around our most pressing healthcare challenges and I believe at this point that obesity is the primary health challenge of our time, and that’s where I intend to put my focus. [Senate HELP Committee, 2/4/14]

Murthy might not use his office as a “bully pulpit” but what worries me is that when the White House cracks the whip during their next go-around on gun control, this guy is going to be all over TV talking about guns as a “public health issue.” So he’s been in emergency rooms and seen the result of the right to bear arms. There are casualties of free speech too. Perhaps we should make politically incorrect speech a matter of “public health” as well.

You don’t bargain away constitutional rights because there is a cost associated with them. That’s ass backwards logic and if this fellow doesn’t realize it, he shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place.

Sooner or later, those with an anti-liberty agenda will find a way to push something they don’t like into the sphere of public health where, with Obamacare operational, government can now bludgeon people into submission who disagree with them.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I wonder if Dr. Murthy realizes that the vast majority of gunshot wounds he claims to have seen in emergency rooms are not the result of anyone's legally exercising the right to bear arms, and that many could have prevented if the right were not restricted in high crime neighborhoods. Also, I expect that he has seen very few wounds inflicted by so-called assault rifles, if any at all.
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Here we are, at last.

The keeping and bearing of firearms is now to be a public health issue. Let's forget the fact that the CDC and FDA can't seem to effectively deal with real, pressing public health issues, and go with scary guns as the main threat to public health in Murthy's and Obama's world.

Why, the desire to exercise the rights illuminated, but not granted by the 2nd Amendment, must then come from an underlying mental disorder.

The Soviets had a very effective system for dealing with people who did not conform to official dogma; they declared the deviant to be insane. They incarcerated them in insane asylums, "for their own good and for the good of the proletariat state."

What would prevent Murthy, once he is SG, to push for classification of gun ownership as a new, official Obama era disease?

Molon Labe.
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Dr. Murthy is a co-founder of the Obama glee club otherwise known as 'Doctors for America', AKA 'Doctors for Obama'. This alone should be a sufficient disqualification for office, all of its members being in the tank for Obamacare.
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Murthy is more of a community organizer than a physician.
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I wonder if Dr. Murthy realizes that the vast majority of gunshot wounds he claims to have seen in emergency rooms are not the result of anyone's legally exercising the right to bear arms, and that many could have prevented if the right were not restricted in high crime neighborhoods. Also, I expect that he has seen very few wounds inflicted by so-called assault rifles, if any at all.
19 weeks ago
19 weeks ago Link To Comment
Here we are, at last.

The keeping and bearing of firearms is now to be a public health issue. Let's forget the fact that the CDC and FDA can't seem to effectively deal with real, pressing public health issues, and go with scary guns as the main threat to public health in Murthy's and Obama's world.

Why, the desire to exercise the rights illuminated, but not granted by the 2nd Amendment, must then come from an underlying mental disorder.

The Soviets had a very effective system for dealing with people who did not conform to official dogma; they declared the deviant to be insane. They incarcerated them in insane asylums, "for their own good and for the good of the proletariat state."

What would prevent Murthy, once he is SG, to push for classification of gun ownership as a new, official Obama era disease?

Molon Labe.
19 weeks ago
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"Just say no" to this political hack or any other nominated for any office by Obama. Obama and his acolytes are working to "fundamentally change" American into a third rate authoritarian socialist workers paradise. No fight is ever over with the left. Defeats are minor setbacks to be overcome through continued struggle. The Constitution is under assault by those who consider themselves "anointed" to force us to surrender our freedoms for the "greater good." Keep up the fire!
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Dr. Murthy is a co-founder of the Obama glee club otherwise known as 'Doctors for America', AKA 'Doctors for Obama'. This alone should be a sufficient disqualification for office, all of its members being in the tank for Obamacare.
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The Obama regime is full of liars. I don't believe Murthy, any more than I believe Obama, Biden, or Sibelius.
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I have a better idea.

Just get rid of this silly office.

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This madness will only be curbed if we take back the house and then elect a Republican in 2016 (and even then it will be a monumental struggle).

So, everyone, get on board.
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Go back to sleep. The House is already controlled by the Republicans. The Senate is currently controlled by the Democrats.
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