Philip Van Cleave is a tireless campaigner for gun rights. The President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League who doesn’t miss a trick. Van Cleave recently read an article at washingtontimes.com article about Obama’s Surgeon General nominee: Dr. Vivek Murthy. All the Presidents’ Men have tipped the Harvard Medical School faculty member and Affordable Care Act booster for the post despite/because of his affiliation to Doctors for America (formerly Doctors for Obama). DFA is financially sustained by the Center for American Progress, the self-professed “independent nonpartisan group” that is neither. Contributors include Quest Diagnostics, Health Care Service Corp., Eli Lilly and Co., and CVS Caremark. Yada yada yada. Same as it ever was. Anyway, Van Cleave noticed the very last sentence of the article, which reads . . .
Last fall, as lawmakers debated gun control legislation, Dr. Murthy shared his thoughts on Twitter: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.”
You may remember this plan of attack on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: “gun violence” as a “public health crisis” that demands federal intervention. Recently, the doyennes of disarmament have been refining that message, using mental health concerns as the thin end of the wedge to prohibit law-abiding Americans from owning firearms.
Dr. Murthy’s Tweet is deeply foreboding, castigating politicians for being “scared” of the NRA. It implies that he isn’t—and then claims gun control is an issue that falls squarely under medical jurisdiction. As Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy could do much to further the cause of civilian disarmament. But that’s not his only pro-gun control Tweet. On the 21st of April he expressed his tacit support for an anti-gun onslaught.
Working our way backwards chronologically, Dr. Murthy threw the weight of his one of his paymasters (Doctors for America) behind gun
safety control, post-Newtown. Twice. And took the shot against the NRA posted at the top of this article.
Given that Dr. Murthy is not what you’d call a regular Tweeter (587 Tweets) we can only assume that gun control is near and dear to his heart. As it is to ours. Which is why the NRA and your Senator must oppose this nomination. Should you agree I highly recommend you advise them of your views.