President Obama simply can’t help himself; his choices for nominees to top government positions reflect a telling illustration of the president’s radical agenda. After being dealt a defeat when Congress rejected his most-recent pick to head up the DOJ’s civil rights division, Obama doubled-down and is pushing for Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy as Surgeon General.
The problem? Dr. Murthy is an anti-gun rights zealot who views firearm ownership as a public health issue, not a guaranteed right afforded to Americans.
Obama’s pick for Surgeon General betrays a pattern of behavior that has gone largely unnoticed. The new war on the Second Amendment comes as a guerrilla operation. As outright bans and heavy-handed legislation simmers on the back burner, the new wave of gun control comes in the form of reframing the debate by declaring the issue a “public health issue,” a “mental health issue,” or, in the case of ammunition, an “environmental issue.”
President Obama continually touts his willingness to “compromise” with Republicans, but with government nominees ranging from defenders of cop-killers to anti-gun zealots, it is abundantly clear that this administration, and the left as a whole, are truly unwilling to cease with their relentless pursuit of radical policies.
Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is the president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a liberal group whose crusades for anti-Second Amendment measures are predicated on the erroneous notion that gun ownership is an issue between doctor and patient.
In a letter to Vice-President Joe Biden, Dr. Murthy clearly outlines his group’s proposals for helping curb gun violence. The first, a predictable one, is to eliminate what he calls “military-style guns and ammunition” from the private sector. He writes,
“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.”
The letter also calls for strengthening government oversight on gun ownership, stating,
“Pharmacies track and limit the purchase of pseudoephedrine to prevent the manufacture of
crystalline methamphetamine. Every state requires a driver’s license and car registration in
order to drive, and physicians certify those who should no longer drive because they would
be a grave danger to themselves and others. We should approach the purchase, transfer,
and operation of guns and ammunition with similar rigor.”
Dr. Murthy’s group also wants doctors to play the role of nannies by eliminating the barrier between doctors and their patients with regards to gun ownership. The letter advocates:
- Prohibit laws preventing physicians from discussing gun safety with patients.
- Remove the provision in the Affordable Care Act and other federal policies that prohibit physicians from documenting gun ownership.
- Invest in improving access to mental health resources.
The underlying assumption upon which Dr. Murthy’s laughable positions are based is that gun ownership is not a protected right, but a privilege that should be afforded to those who hunt (so long as the government says it’s okay.)
Like cigarettes and alcohol, the radical Surgeon General nominee seeks to make firearm ownership a personal and public health issue- the surest way to set the stage for gun control as a means of medical practices. But unlike cigarettes and alcohol, firearm ownership saves lives every day in America and, more importantly, firearm ownership is a guaranteed right afforded to citizens.
It’s simply perverse that a doctor would use his position as a respected medical professional to try and weasel his way between citizens and their Second Amendment rights.
It is equally inappropriate that our president would nominate for Surgeon General a doctor who engages in such political arm-twisting that masquerades as legitimate medicine.
This is the new face of gun control in America. While Democrats still cross their fingers and eagerly await the next horrific tragedy to gruesomely pounce on victims in a macabre attempt to enact federal gun control legislation, they are actively pursuing a parallel course to infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ran the last lead smelting plant in the U.S. out of business with burdensome regulations in late 2013. With the plant no longer producing lead bullion from lead ore, the price of ammunition is likely to go up as shooters will have to purchase ammo made from recycled materials or imported from elsewhere.
Micro-stamping and legislation pushing for “smart gun” technologies are also taking hold in places like California and New Jersey. With such costly technological extravagances likely to be mandated in the coming years in several states, the obvious implication is that these features will drive the price up and firearm ownership down- a point certainly not lost on the anti-gun crowd.
As gun owners watch the front door, anti-gun rights crusaders are sneaking in the back.