Murthy’s organization calls for doctors to interrogate patients about guns in the home
March 11, 2014
Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the man Obama wants to be America’s next Surgeon General, is a rabid anti-Second Amendment ideologue who believes firearms ownership is a public health issue. Murthy is the president and co-founder of Doctors for America, an organization that melds healthcare and support for gun control legislation.
Following Sandy Hook and attempts by Obama and Democrats in Congress to impose serious restrictions on the Second Amendment, Doctors for America demanded further erosion of the constitutional right to own a firearm, “including stronger gun laws, making sure doctors can counsel patients about gun safety, and tracking data on gun-related deaths and injuries just like any other public health issue.”
Firearms, according to the organization, are a plague threatening society. “For few other issues would we tolerate this state of affairs. If tens of thousands of Americans died every year of an infectious disease and there was no policy response, there would be a public outcry. If research clearly demonstrated that there were simple solutions to prevent all these deaths and still nothing changed, public health experts would be furious. It is time for us to recognize that we must take action to save thousands of lives and demand change from our politicians.”
It calls for doctors to interrogate patients, including minors, about guns in the home. If the patient admits a family member exercises his or her constitutional right to own firearms, the organization wants to “counsel them appropriately about safety measures.”
Doctors for America circulated a petition calling for action against the Second Amendment. A letter sent to Congress last January called for the elimination of all “military-style guns and ammunition,” in other words, all semi automatic weapons with “high capacity” magazines (over ten rounds), and tax payer funded “buyback” programs. In addition, the letter demanded “safety measures and regulations for guns used for hunting, sport, and self-protection,” a federally imposed limitation of the purchase of ammunition, and an increased police presence in neighborhoods where Americans own firearms above the demographic average. In regard to the latter, in 2012 anti-gun activists published an online database of local gun permit holders in Westchester, New York.
During hearings in February before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander grilled Dr. Murthy on his public comments regarding firearms. Alexander asked him about a tweet he sent out prior to the 2012 election. “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue,” the tweet stated.
“Americans have a First Amendment right to advocate the Second Amendment — or any other amendment,” Alexander lectured Murthy. “And the Second Amendment is not a special interest group, it’s part of our Constitution… If your goal is to make guns the bully pulpit of your advocacy in the surgeon general’s office, that would concern me.” Murthy sidestepped questions about his gun control agenda, the Washington Times reported.
In February, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he will attempt to block Murthy’s nomination. Paul, who is also a physician and a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, he has “serious concerns about Dr. Murthy’s ability to impartially serve as ‘the Nation’s Doctor,’” the Courier-Journal reported.
“The primary policy goals of Dr. Murthy’s organization have been focused on advancing stricter gun-control laws and promoting the Affordable Care Act,” Paul noted.