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Obama's Anti-Second Amendment Nominee For Surgeon General: Guns Are a Healthcare Issue
Townhall ^ | March 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 03/11/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The age of politicizing everything is here and President Obama's pick for Surgeon General is no different. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has been tapped to lead the charge when it comes to promoting public health with the full weight of the federal government behind him. He also has a history of promoting gun control, of slamming the Second Amendment and has publicly called guns a "healthcare issue" and public health threat.

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is the president and founder of Doctors for America, which grew from the campaign organization that was called Doctors for Obama, started in 2008. The organization has advocated for a number of liberal initiatives, including strongly supporting the passage of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion.

The group has also been supportive of the Obama administration’s failed push for expanding gun control laws in 2013. It successfully fought a proposed Florida law that would have prevented doctors from including in a person’s medical file whether they are a gun owner. Doctors for America has referred to guns as a public health threat, and circulated a petition to pressure Congress to pass stricter gun laws.

Investors Business Daily reported on Murthy’s anti-gun tweets, including, “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue,” during the 2012 presidential elections, and in December 2012 in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre: “NRA press conference disappointing but predictable — blame everything in the world except guns for the Newtown tragedy. #wakeup.”

We've already seen doctors across the country asking patients if they have guns in their homes and recently, we saw President Obama sign new gun control executive orders related to mental health, an area Murthy would cover if confirmed.

The National Rifle Association is strongly opposing the nomination and has urged its five million members to contact their Senators. NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox has also written a letter to Senate leadership opposing the nomination.

The National Rifle Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., as United States Surgeon General.

The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government's public health efforts. In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General's actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives. In this regard, Dr. Murthy's record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America's 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership.

Murthy recently made it through a vote from Senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and will face a full Senate floor vote sometime in the near future. Although Majority Leader Harry Reid has nuked the filibuster and set up Senate rules that nearly guarantee Murthy's confirmation, red state Democrats are going to have a tough time in an election year justifying a confirmation vote for an anti-Second Amendment activist.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; dfa; doctorsforamerica; medicine; obama; vivekmurthy

1 posted on 03/11/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A totally worthless political position. No power, opinion only.


2 posted on 03/11/2014 8:56:23 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This POS needs to be denied his nomination, but knowing the RINO asshats inhabiting D.C. and their eagerness to turn upon the Constitution and American citizens in general, I don't see how he will be shunned.
3 posted on 03/11/2014 8:57:35 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He doesn’t look so bright.


4 posted on 03/11/2014 9:00:07 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Either never fired a gun or a Muzzie who wants to ask rigged mental health questions on the ACA questionnaire to deny ownership. Anyone else doubt the name of this guy given the photo and his apparent nationality? Murphy being his last name when it’s clear he’s no Irishman nor does he have even a hint of it. I’m guessing Indian or Muzzie. Even if it were situation where an Indian or Middle Easter woman married a Caucasian male you think you’d see at least a hint of it in their facial features...


5 posted on 03/11/2014 9:01:58 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absolutely not.

No.

GOP stand up to Obama on this loser. He’s a foreign import, he’s rabidly anti-gun, and he needs to be defeated.

No.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 9:02:49 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: jsanders2001

I see his lst name was Murphy. Disregard ^


7 posted on 03/11/2014 9:03:30 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

I see his last name was Murthy. Disregard ^

Dang autocorrect $&#%


8 posted on 03/11/2014 9:04:25 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“He doesn’t look so bright.”

No, Mister Stoney! No weezing the ju-uice!!


9 posted on 03/11/2014 9:05:53 PM PDT by Tigerized (So. Are YOU better off than you were 5 years ago?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Damned foreigner..


10 posted on 03/11/2014 9:07:32 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Come for my guns and find out just how bad they are for your health.
11 posted on 03/11/2014 9:16:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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I’ve seen several discussions of of this. While the guy is obviously wrong on many levels, as he must be to get a nomination from the failed President Obama, my thought is, “So what?” Surgeon Generals have the authority to run their mouths and little else. It’s not even a bully pulpit and SG’s in the recent past have demonstrated their opinions to be out of the mainstream anyway.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 9:17:38 PM PDT by lrdg
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He kinda looks like a telemarketer. I bet he even sounds like the one who keeps calling me asking if I have problems with the wire-mesh surgery I never had.


13 posted on 03/11/2014 9:17:58 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: doc1019
Obama has managed to convince more people to buy guns during the past 5 1/2 years than he convinced to vote for him, so this strategy looks like a loser.

Without looking it up, can you name the Surgeon General he's replacing? I didn't think so.

Remember the first Surgeon General that Obama hired? The morbidly obese one? She couldn't control what she put into her mouth and she wanted to advise the rest of us about our health?


14 posted on 03/11/2014 9:19:41 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222

As I said, a totally worthless political position. Never understood the need for Surgeon General.


15 posted on 03/11/2014 9:24:07 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Communists empire growing and no stopping in the future. America will be destroyed enough to never really recover.


16 posted on 03/11/2014 9:26:22 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

disarm the entire government first, then. let’s have the govt make the country safer first, then. we’ll see how that goes.


17 posted on 03/11/2014 9:30:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Sooth2222

i think her name was aunt jemima pig knuckle popeyes, kfc.


18 posted on 03/11/2014 9:32:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I Don’t like the doctor. I don’t think we should keep the doctor.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 9:36:47 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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Can we get some adults back in charge? I swear, I'm about sick and freakin' tired of these know-nothing Generation Xers being put in control of my freedom (and yes, I'm an Xer...we're the dumbest, laziest and most worthless generation in the history of this Republic).

There's a reason why throughout history, from small villages to mighty civilizations, people have put their elders in charge...'cause kids don't know sh*t about sh*t! At least old codgers have life experience to fall back on. Sheesh...

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

20 posted on 03/11/2014 9:39:35 PM PDT by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Appointing political donors as ambassadors to important countries is horribly corrupt, but naming a campaign organizer to a cabinet position is worse. Where are the grownups?


21 posted on 03/11/2014 9:42:15 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The FOUNDER of Doctors for Obama gets appointed Surgeon General.


22 posted on 03/11/2014 9:44:01 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: doc1019

“As I said, a totally worthless political position. Never understood the need for Surgeon General.”

On the contrary, the position is legitimate but should be filled from within the Corps.


23 posted on 03/11/2014 10:00:22 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: greatvikingone

Never said it was not a legitimate position, just don’t understand any need for it.


24 posted on 03/11/2014 10:03:55 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Guns (or the lack of them) is definitely a health care problem in India where this clown appears to come from. They still get 50,000 - 100,000 people a year killed by poisonous snakes; that simply could not happen in a nation whose people were armed.


25 posted on 03/11/2014 10:13:32 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: doc1019

“No power,opinion only”
True enough, but the entire point of THIS particular nominee is that his theme is the non - medical one tha “guns are a healthcare issue” .You can expect we’d be hearing that in multiple variations from him every chance he gets, should he get in.So this guy promises to be ALL opinion, 24/7.


26 posted on 03/11/2014 10:23:17 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Tigerized
“He doesn’t look so bright.”

No, Mister Stoney! No weezing the ju-uice!!


Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is one seriously smart and talented guy. Perhaps the smartest guy in the Obama Administration.

He is also very successful in his own right.

He does have a very different world view than mainstream Americans and that world view is from a very stilted and Marxist perspective , but the does have talent

27 posted on 03/11/2014 10:25:24 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, guns are a God given right over which you have no say whatsoever.

So shut up.


28 posted on 03/11/2014 10:32:33 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama who???? Is that the punk in the picture????


29 posted on 03/11/2014 10:42:16 PM PDT by progunner (no compromise)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Just a coincidence.


30 posted on 03/11/2014 10:42:16 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“....which grew from the campaign organization that was called Doctors for Obama, started in 2008.”

Another reward from President Jarrett for the support.


31 posted on 03/11/2014 11:48:49 PM PDT by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks - literally or metaphorically, you decide.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

32 posted on 03/12/2014 12:15:11 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: wku man

33 posted on 03/12/2014 12:16:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wonder what would happen if we had a Surgeon General who started talking about the health risks of the homosexual lifestyle.....
34 posted on 03/12/2014 1:14:21 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (It is the nature of liberals to pervert whatever they touch.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can he take the oath of office if he intends to subvert second amendment rights from the get go?


35 posted on 03/12/2014 2:21:06 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He looks as gay as Obama.

Come onto my property to do harm or commit theft, and a gun will most likely solve any health problems the culprit has, permanently.


36 posted on 03/12/2014 2:50:25 AM PDT by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Send this socialist jackass back to India and his old job on the Hewlit Packard help desk where he can only annoy HP owners.


37 posted on 03/12/2014 3:30:51 AM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama's Anti-Second Amendment Nominee For Surgeon General: Guns Are a Healthcare Issue

If that is true, then so are ropes.

38 posted on 03/12/2014 5:00:57 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why do we even allow foreigners to hold these positions? Let alone foreigners who will not stand up for the Bill of Rights?


39 posted on 03/12/2014 5:05:40 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Caipirabob

That’s funny because I have a bunch of guns and not one has proven to be a “healthcare issue”.


40 posted on 03/12/2014 5:06:41 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: greatvikingone

I think you meant to say Corpse.


41 posted on 03/12/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well yeah, using one wisely could keep you from being diagnosed as dead.

Oops that isn’t what he has in mind.


42 posted on 03/12/2014 5:10:09 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: pallis

An effeminate metrosexual against guns......gee, whoda thunk it?


43 posted on 03/12/2014 5:10:35 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: doc1019

“Never said it was not a legitimate position, just don’t understand any need for it.”

The Surgeon General is the head of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps - one of the seven uniformed services in the United States. The Army has a head, the Coast Guard has a head, so should the USPHS. The sad thing is that this nominee would not even be eligible to be a Lieutenant Commander (O-4) for several more years based on his experience - but they will put three stars on his shoulder without a thought to what that should mean.


44 posted on 03/12/2014 5:50:25 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: rdcbn

“Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is one seriously smart and talented guy.”

I’m happy for him. However, those of us who still consider our Constitution to be the supreme law of the land, will find this guy to be wholly unsuited to be our Surgeon General with his unconstitutional views.

You could also say that our president is “one seriously smart and talented guy.” Look how that’s turned out.

The other recurring poke in the eye is the continual appointments of people who are decidedly non-anglo and/or non-hetero. Apparently, those of us who have repeatedly lost out on the holy alter of affirmative action are no longer valuable.


45 posted on 03/14/2014 1:53:45 PM PDT by Tigerized (So. Are YOU better off than you were 5 years ago?)
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