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Obama Nominates Radical Gun Grabber for Surgeon General

By Washington Times (DC)

vivek_murthyPresident Obama is using every executive power in his arsenal to infringe on Second Amendment rights.

His latest maneuver is to nominate a rabidly anti-gun doctor to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Murthy is facing Senate approval in upcoming weeks.

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."

Gun rights advocates and many families view this policy as a violation of privacy.

At a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last week, Sen. Lamar Alexander asked Dr. Murthy about public comments on firearms, such as a tweet from before the 2012 president election that said, "Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they're scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue."

Mr. Alexander, the ranking Republican on the committee, told Dr. Murthy that "Americans have a First Amendment right to advocate the Second Amendment -- or any other amendment. And the Second Amendment is not a special interest group, it's part of our Constitution."

The Tennessee senator added that, "If your goal is to make guns the bully pulpit of your advocacy in the surgeon general's office, that would concern me."

Dr. Murthy sidestepped the questions about his gun-control agenda from committee members throughout the hearing.

However, Mr. Murthy's Twitter timeline is chock full of his anti- firearm screed.

"NRA press conference disappointing but predictable - blame everything in the world except guns for the Newtown tragedy.

That same month, he tweeted that, his group had "launched doctor- nurse campaign demanding gun safety legislation from Congress."

His spin on Mr. Obama's failed effort to pass gun control in the Senate last April was to say: "Signs of progress-we got 20 votes in the senate in favor of gun violence legislation that we wouldn't have had 1 year ago. Have faith."

Mr. Obama's pick for the next "nation's doctor" is purely political.

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona wrote a letter to the president in December to protest nominating Dr. Murthy because he is not qualified. Dr. Carmona said that Dr. Murthy appeared to have "no significant related leadership experience and no formal public health training or experience."

Unfortunately, Dr. Murthy is almost assuredly going to be confirmed -- especially since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the rules so only 51 votes are required for nominees.

The surgeon general oversees the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and three national health councils. It is a role for the most seasoned and knowledgeable doctor available for the position, not a political lackey who will use the public profile to push a leftist political agenda.

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  1. JimComment by Jim
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    If your doctor asks if you have guns in your home, YOU TELL HIM “NO!” Tell your family members to do the same!

    DO NOT REGISTER YOUR GUNS! Registration is the first step to confiscation. The government doesn’t want to run up against TRUE PATRIOTS FIGHTING FOR OUR CONSTITUTION! (they don’t really care about the bad guys since bad guys wouldn’t register their guns anyway. Besides, the government wants the bad guys to keep their guns to help the government fight the patriots, right?

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  2. elderalComment by elderal
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    “Every executive power at his disposal” is the grand sum of zero ! READ, yes actually read right now before anything else, Article One, Section One of the Constitution which grants “ALL legislative powers” exclusively to Congress.

    As for the doctor’s position, apparently he prefers that good citizens be robbed, raped, and murdered by criminals (who will always have guns) rather than risk the rare occasion of someone being injured cleaning their gun. Chicago has adopted this plan and their crime rate is through the roof. “Insanity” is well defined as trying again the same thing that has already been proven not to work !

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  3. lloydl333Comment by lloydl333
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    We expected anything different?

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    • mbnickComment by mbnick
      February 13, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

      Got that right. Just add him to the long list of wacko and/or incompetent Obama appointees. Expect more of the same if another crooked Democrat is elected in 2016 and Reid continues to control the Senate as of 2014.

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  4. spidaComment by spida
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Perhaps this Doctor should attack his medical brethren, ALL of whom have apparently failed to diagnose (or worse, if they diagnosed it, they failed to effectively do anything about) the mental defects that are implicated in nearly every incident of mass killing gun violence over the last decade. Keeping guns out of the hands of crazy persons might at least be arguable likely to diminish criminal attacks. Harassing all citizens (nearly all of whom statistically are law abiding), lecturing them with anti-gun conversations, and interfering with their constitutional right of privacy don’t even rest on any logical foundation to suggest those outrageous acts would prevent criminal behavior.

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    • bethcz8Comment by bethcz8
      February 13, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

      If you’ve got a medical problem, you went to the doctor to have it addressed. You didn’t go to get a lecture about gun control, and how it would solve all our problems. With a doctor’s time being very limited and costly, this seems to be a waste of medical resources. The medical problems do not get addressed at that visit, and the patient must make another appointment – at additional cost, so by the time the problem is actually addressed, it is more serious and costly to treat… or it’s resolved on its own (e.g., a virus). If one is going to pay to go to the doctor, and/or have any third party payer pay for part of it, and all they get is a lecture about gun control (combined with lectures for screenings for rare cancers), the third-party’s money is wasted. A paying patient just stops going…

      How much could we save on medical care if medical visits were limited to MEDICINE?

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  5. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    Yep another gun grabber to make it easier to enslave the masses. GOP will not fight against him, so he is probably in.

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    • hkazComment by hkaz
      February 13, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

      So right. I am now more angry with the Republicans than the DemonRats. I expect this nonsense from the progressives not the “conservatives” Thay have all become “self servants”

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    • freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
      February 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

      Yep. I guess, now, they will have to stamp ” Guns may be hazardous to your health” on every gun stock. I wonder how much experience this young man has, to qualify him for the position of Surgeon General. I also wonder what his Faith is.
      His cabinet brims with anti-God, anti-rights, anti-Christianity, anti-Constitution, anti-gun, Socialist, Marxist, Muslim, Czars.
      He is a menace to Society.

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    • mbnickComment by mbnick
      February 13, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

      YOU have no reason to mad at Republicans until you give them a majority. You seem to have already forgotten that Reid’s Senate voting change scam was due his being ticked off about Republicans stopping appointments of Obama’s next incompetents.

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  6. David in MAComment by David in MA
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    Murthy was born to Kannada speaking Family, His parents, originally from Karnataka, India. He was born in Huddersfield, England, relocated to Miami, Florida when he was three years old. Dr Vivek is the son of Dr HN Lakshmi Narasimha Murthy, alumni of Mysore Medical College who served in various capacities in the UK. Dr Vivek’s sister Rashmi is also a physician in Florida.[4] Murthy completed his early education in Miami, graduating as valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1994.[5] He then attended college at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in three years with a bachelors degree in Biochemical Sciences.[5] Murthy received an MD from Yale School of Medicine and an MBA in Health Care Management from Yale School of Management in 2003.[6] He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2006 from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.[7]

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    • David in MAComment by David in MA
      February 13, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      another illegal immigrant like ******, the dear Islamic Marxist leader?

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    • Texas GuyComment by Texas Guy
      February 13, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

      Sounds like a professional student to me. How does that qualify him to be Surgeon General?

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    • David in MAComment by David in MA
      February 13, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

      Sounds like a professional student to me. How does that qualify him to be Surgeon General?”"

      Any bets he is a muslim?
      bama is appointing muslims and socialists….

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    • Texas GuyComment by Texas Guy
      February 13, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

      I wouldn’t take your bet for all the tea in China.

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    • windstormComment by windstorm
      February 14, 2014 @ 9:42 am

      Cool some of the diatribe, MDs are rarely illegal aliens; and with a name such such as Murthy he’s likely Hindu, not Muslim.

      It’s more likely his liberal views were honed at Harvard and Yale.

      He does have an incredible resume on paper, I agree with those that say “professional student,” in another 2 decades of real world treatment of patients, public health and administering agencies he could have some good insights. His liberal views may never go away – for some they never do – but giving him a large responsibility such as Surgeon General with no relevant experience is the problem here.

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  7. lokdnloadedComment by lokdnloaded
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    Would any of us true American’s who can still think for themselves and do simple math without a calculator or the asinine ‘new math’ in common core (assured to dumb our kids down even further)and not a compliant sheeple. We know this is purely political as was Reid’s alteration or ‘nuclear’ option that removes filibustering and only requires 51 sheeple in the senate to pass. Can only say to Reid what goes around comes around. We as Patriot’s have a hard educating of the people around us about the true intent of Obama the true background of the Democrat party.. KKK, Jim Crow gun laws the real reason for the removal of the work requirement for able bodied on food stamps. If we can just turn 2 or 3 percent of the democrat voters, the ones who vote democrat regardless with zero knowledge of the candidates qualifications and positions on things we can save this country from total destruction

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  8. bowieknife5Comment by bowieknife5
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    Rest assured my friends that anything B. Obama does will have “death to the Second Amendment” written all over it. This foolish attempt to bring in a new Surgeon General who has been bashing guns and is most definitely an anti-Second Amendment rights activist is only one more desperate attempt by Obama to disarm Americans. The real issue is whether we patriots will lay down and let this U.S. dictator take away our rights or not.

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  9. Texas GuyComment by Texas Guy
    February 13, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    The guy is 36 years old for crying out loud. Nobody, but NOBODY, accumulates enough experience and knowledge in 36 years to be Surgeon General.

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  10. servantComment by servant
    February 13, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    Here we go . . .again!
    All who want to remove guns from the public must think that they themselves must be castrated, because their neighbor has too many children.
    As they are finding out in England, New Zealand and Australia, is this simple fact:When guns are outlawed ONLY outlaws will have guns!

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    • kngplyrComment by kngplyr
      February 14, 2014 @ 10:06 am

      How nice if we really could blame “guns” for all the violence, then we would never have to send another human into combat. Just send the guns.
      Just as an aside…………since when does a person’s name indicate whether or not they are muslim? It happens to be the fastest growing religion in India.

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      February 16, 2014 @ 8:47 am

      kngplyr,

      It also happens to be the fastest growing religion in U.S. prison.

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  11. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    February 13, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    Hey Doc! I’ve got this severe pain in my a** … It has to do with your boss.

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  12. lightengineComment by lightengine
    February 13, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    About half of the murders in this country (about 5,000 out of 10,000) are committed by about 4% of the population that consists of feral black males that are terrorizing our black communities. This fact is totally politically incorrect and is therefore never acknowledged by our cowardly media or politicians. The majority of all murders are caused by arguments. We could save 4,000 black lives every year if we could just get the black murder rate to equal the non-black murder rate. Yet gunophobics will always blame guns even though the black murder rate without guns is higher than the non-black murder rate with guns. Our cowardly media and politicians are therefore at lease partly culpable for 4,000 murders every year. I doubt that Doctor Murthy would ever acknowledge this.

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  13. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    February 13, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    Unfortunately having a black president was misinterpreted by some blacks to represent a “GET OUT OF JAIL – FREE”, card.

    There is nothing more dangerous than a criminal that fears no punishment if caught and completely relies on the “black president” to “help a brother out”.

    Ignoring basic fundamental laws in this country seems to be growing at a very dangerous rate.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      February 16, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      That’s because the criminals might be Obama’s ‘son’!

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  14. pavelComment by pavel
    February 13, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    The Surgeon General heads the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service, one of the seven Unformed Services of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, USPHS Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps). The Surgeon General holds the rank of Vice Admiral (3 stars). It is an insult to all of the services to make a 36-year old physician an instant three star admiral – at 36, he might be a major or lieutenant commander in the medical corps. It’s time to change the law and return to selecting the Surgeon General from among the senior active officers of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

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    • kngplyrComment by kngplyr
      February 14, 2014 @ 10:10 am

      I would like to see a law that requires the commander in chief to actually have served in the military, not just have an opinion about it. Same goes for the Surgeon General.

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  15. gentlemanjimComment by gentlemanjim
    February 13, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    One of the biggest reasons that O’Bummer wanted to take control of our healthcare was that he planned on making weapons a health issue. He now has the mandate that everybody has to have insurance. He can now mandate that because guns will effect somebody’s health his next step will be a mandate that people can’t have guns or they can’t have insurance. Since having insurance is the law anyone who doesn’t have it because they own a gun will be a criminal. Hence, the IRS will have the right to confiscate your guns. I stated this about 3 years ago and everybody thought I was a conspiracy theorist. The appointment of this moron is just going to speed things up. Personally, the only person who’s health is going to be effected by one of my guns is the person who’s trying to break into my home and trying to hurt my family.

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  16. steven LComment by steven L
    February 13, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    The Pr. goes for broke (break the country) while the congress (Republicans) keep complaining. What about the power of subpena! Perhaps only against the defenseless citizen it works! Clearly tks to this adm we are starting to smell what far left “fascists” can do. The problem with the “US democracy” is that it works only if people are intelligent enough to educate themselves. As time goes by, it is obvious that the majority is uninterested and UNEDUCATED. There are no courses teaching what “democracy” is about and the responsibilities (rights & duties) of citizen. Voting should be a right and an OBLIGATION.

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  18. commonsensegrandmaComment by commonsensegrandma
    February 13, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Why does any of this surprise you anymore? First we elected an unqualified man for President and then he has proceeded to appoint unqualified men and women to positions of authority all through the government. Disaster after disaster hasn’t awakened the sheeple to the danger of what they’ve done. We are going to lose this country because the voters decided to play “Amateur Hour” with the Presidency. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this will cost us our liberty.

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  19. Mac BoyComment by macboy
    February 14, 2014 @ 12:35 am

    Great! Just what we need – ANOTHER Muslim to the White House !

    Target acquired……….. FIRE !

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  21. ara5353Comment by ara5353
    February 14, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    The only recourse that we have at this point is to call or email our Senators, regardless of whether they are Republican or Democrat and tell them that we oppose this political appointment and want them to vote against his conformation. Tell all of your gun owner friends to do the same. There are a lot of Democrats who own guns and they should also be warned about this guy. He will use the power of his office to advance Obama’s gun confiscation plans and he needs to be stopped.

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