Non-Incendiary Image of the Day: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Supports Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General Edition


“The NRA has launched a campaign against President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Why?” New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) asks, rhetorically. “Because he believes gun violence is a public health problem.” Well yes, there is that. The National Rifle Association knows that gun control advocates are trying to frame gun rights as a public health concern to open a new front in their relentless, underhanded campaign to infringe upon Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep bear arms. More than that, the Doctors for Obama founder . . .

is profoundly anti-gun. Click here to peruse the Tweets we unearthed after a heads-up on Murthy’s post-Newtown outrage (at gun control laws which had nothing to do with the carnage). Apparently, we underplayed his antipathy to gun rights. NYAGV:

Because Dr. Murthy supports limits on ammunitions purchases, bans on semi-automatic weapon purchases, and increased funding for research on the effects of gun violence, he’s been called a “radical” by the NRA, which is going all-out to block his confirmation.

Huh. I didn’t know the Surgeon General hopeful supported ammo limits and a ban on all semi-automatic weapons. Even if NYAG is making sh*t up (what are the odds?) it’s clear Dr. Murthy is not going to subsume his anti-gun fervor to further his career. The offending Tweets are still on his feed, which has, admittedly, gone quiet.

Never mind. Dr. Murthy, like his supporters at NYAGV, couldn’t get the backing he needed to overcome Americans’ desire to defend their gun rights against insidious attacks from die-hard Obamanauts – as evidenced by the counter on the petition above. His nomination is toast.

For those of you who wish to savor the victory, or diss-miss the NRA’s pull in the corridors of power, here’s a priceless paragraph from Jim Barrett, Bloomberg Business Week’s token gun guy:

The retreat from Murthy also provides a reminder that liberals’ wishful thinking about the NRA being a “paper tiger” deserves once and for all to be rejected. In a strident letter to senators, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, called Murthy’s positions on guns “radical” and accused him of backing a “campaign against gun ownership.” In fact, Murthy favors a so-called assault weapons ban and mandatory safety training. His skepticism of civilian gun ownership is based on firsthand experience in hospital emergency rooms, where he has mopped up after bloody firearm violence. The claim that from the surgeon general’s office he’d have even marginal influence on gun policy, let alone implement a “radical” curtailment of gun ownership, seems off-kilter. But no matter how extreme the NRA’s stance, its wrath in pro-gun states must be taken seriously. When the group activates its local affiliates to turn out single-issue voters, they can make a difference in close races.

Incendiary stuff for a writer on Michael Bloomberg’s payroll – that will surely lead to his exit from same. But most welcome.


  1. avatar David says:

    well we’ve got Barack Obama playing it off Hitler’s part now we’re looking at adolphs doctors that did the horrible experimentation on the Jewish community the feeling this role oh my god what’s next

    1. avatar Hal says:

      Way to Godwin the comments section before it could even begin.

      1. avatar DisThunder says:

        I like the use of “Godwin” as a verb. Gonna start doing that.

  2. avatar Jake F. says:

    Was that supposed to be “anit-gun FUROR to futher his career”? Because right night it says “anti-gun further to further his career”.

    1. avatar Andrew says:

      I think it should read “anti-gun FUHRER”…

    2. avatar Alan Longnecker says:


      1. avatar Robert Farago says:

        Thanks. Text amended.

  3. avatar ropingdown says:

    Of course Murthy doesn’t have broad backing. Aside from the fact that his only accomplishments have been creating advocacy groups against the 2nd amendment, he has very little experience. His main credential is political, not medical. If his interest was medical, he’d be working on substance abuse prevention and psychiatric services for poor overcrowded neighborhoods.

    It becomes ever clearer that a professional on the make for political office and name-recognition cannot do better than to become an anti-gun-whatever, and ask the Joyce Foundation and Bloomberg for some money. “No one has heard of my medical career. Maybe I should become an anti-gun-doctor?” Sure. Go ahead. Even if you fail in your professed mission, you’ll build a loyal following among the urban left. That could carry you all the way to retirement.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      Let’s take this one step further. I will consider him “Qualified” when Mikey Bloomberg and Shannon Watts (including her whole freaking family) makes him their personal doctor for their yearly check ups, pap smears, colon-rectal exams, etc. and then accepts whatever results he spits out.

    2. avatar WayneMHK says:

      Kinda like a certain constitutional-lawyer whose only previous job was community agitation… before being elected leader of the free world.

    3. avatar ropingdown says:

      Yes, there is definitely a pattern that across professions.
      Obama wasn’t much of a con law professor, a sometimes adjunct who got that job through Jarrett.
      And so on.

  4. avatar PeterC says:

    Like all of Obama’s appointees, Murthy is, first and foremost, a political hack. His group, Doctors for Obama, which morphed conveniently into Doctors for America, had more influence on his being nominated than his non-existent medical management experience.

  5. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    the guy is so UNQUALIFIED it is not funny. He has not run an ice cream stand let alone a department in a hospital. How the hell is he qualified to be the Surgeon General?? C’mon Barry – at least give us the courtesy of a nominee who, while we may disagree with about guns and the 2nd Amendment, at least garners the respect of his/her peers. This guy has been a policitical operative for you for the last 6 yrs. . . .

    1. avatar Gene says:

      Given Obama’s real life qualifications and experience, I’m sure this character looks aged and wise.

  6. avatar DaveL says:

    Because he believes gun violence is a public health problem.

    More like because he promotes policy regarding “gun violence” based on the kind of reasoning and empirical support that would cost him his medical license if used as the basis for recommending medical treatments.

  7. avatar Mark N. says:

    The attack is not “off-kilter” if the Surgeon General declares “gun violence” to be a national public health care crisis, and then uses his office to try to “do something” about it. Maybe warning stickers? More likely, funding to the CDC to do research whose sole goal is to demonstrate how dangerous more guns are, to mandate health care providers request and require information about gun ownership as a way of reducing the “epidemic” of suicide and accidental deaths of children–who could POSSSIBLY be against that?
    Dr. Murthy’s anti-gun stance and his support of Obama are precisely the reason he was selected for the nomination to this post–one for which he is otherwise unqualified because of his lack of relevant experience and expertise. From what I can gather, he is just another ivory tower intellectual with no real world experience beyond his medical training, and most definitively no administrative training or experience. He is most clearly a purely political choice.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Getting shot is hazardous to your health.

  8. avatar Col. Angus says:

    I wrote to my own lame RAT senator about this guy. Maybe they do listen. Sometimes. Anyway, I’m relieved that Murthy is DOA, so to speak…..

    1. avatar WayneMHK says:

      I wrote as well. His response was, “we can’t do anything about it because Harry Reid changed the rules so he’ll be approved.”

  9. avatar cubby123 says:

    Unqualified? Are you talking about the President?……I mean the community organizer??

  10. avatar Silentbrick says:

    Always frame the idea of gun control as slavery and USE that word. Because that’s what it is and it’s roots. Only free men are armed.

  11. avatar Anonymous says:

    Lets be honest… it should read:

    Non-Incendiary Image of the Day: New Yorkers Against “Scary Guns” Supports Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General Edition

    After all they are not concerned about violence. They aren’t concerned about crime. They are concerned about the scary gun! OMG! Afraid of the gun and not the criminal. Typical.

  12. avatar Phillip R says:

    The sad thing is that gun violence /is/ a public health issue.
    Though as everyone reading this knows, it isn’t the guns that are unhealthy, it’s the people holding them who commit the acts of senseless violence. A SGOTUS who wants to focus on the actual public health issues around gun violence would be most welcomed by me.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Brilliant. Maybe you should be the Surgeon General because you get it — and you have almost as much medical experience as Murthy.

      Anyway, you have my vote.

      1. avatar JR says:

        Well, except for using the old “gun violence” colloquialism …

        1. avatar ChrisB. says:

          Yes. the gun violence colloquialism is used so they can included suicide in the deaths. What they wont then except is the plain fact hat Japan, S. Korea and a couple of European countries easily have more “violence” with the muder+sucide aggregation. They then claim that somehow committing suicide by jumping off a building is somehow less violent and does not count

      2. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

        I second the nomination. think about it this way – you get to wear a cool uniform with lots of ribbons. very impressive for picking up chicks at the next Milfs Demand (Hot) Action meeting. . . .

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    According to the NRA, Murthy isn’t qualified because of his stance on guns.

    According to NYAGV, the only thing that qualifies Murthy is that he’s anti-gun,

    I suggest that Murthy isn’t qualified because he’s merely a political operative who has no background in public health. Murthy would make a really good community organizer, but I don’t think that’s an actual job.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      maybe the good doctor can be the next Democratic nominee if Hillary pulls out in 2016?

      1. avatar mrvco says:

        Hillary isn’t going anywhere, she is uniquely qualified to rule our empire.

      2. avatar jkmoa says:

        I think the only way Hillary would not be here in 2016 is if Hugh Rodham would have pulled out in 1947.

        1. avatar Maineuh says:

          This made me laugh stuff out my nose.

  14. avatar Accur81 says:

    Good stuff. I’m glad Murthy is gone. Now Obama is off to nominate another thoroughly unqualified person for a high-profile position, and maybe he’ll scratch out a few more anti gun / anti freedom executive orders.

  15. avatar bbguns says:

    Like others have said, this man is completely unqualified to become the US Surgeon General. While not a military post, the position is the equivalent of a 3-star General/Admiral. Usually, one has to have some minimal record of accomplishment to ascend to that level. This guy isn’t even and Associate Professor of Medicine. He’s an IT guy and a political activist. Even if he were pro-2A, he wouldn’t be qualified for the position.
    Then again, what would anyone expect from our ‘President’, a professional community organizer? Does anyone really think he’s got the country’s best interests in mind? Everything this charlatan of a president does is calculated to achieve his political goals. What a waste of DNA…

  16. avatar Hannibal says:

    I’ve seen what they’ve done with other ‘public health issues.’ No thanks.

  17. avatar mrvco says:

    Reading that post makes me wonder, who is TTAG’s token anti-gun writer?

  18. avatar bigskydoc says:

    “His skepticism of civilian gun ownership is based on firsthand experience in hospital emergency rooms, where he has mopped up after bloody firearm violence.”

    This is an asinine statement. Murthy is a hospitalist, boarded in Internal Medicine, apparently with some special interest in HIV.

    For you non-medical folks, that means he works the floor of the hospital treating medical diseases in adults. He treats pneumonia, diabetes, kidney failure etc, not trauma in the ER. He would have had some exposure to the ER as a medical student, but his total “firsthand experience” is less than your average EMT and the only thing he would have been trusted to “mop up” as a modern medical student was the floors.

    Full disclosure, I am a former EMT, now anesthesiologist in a small Montana hospital. I trained at a major, regional trauma center. I work with a great team of ER docs, surgeons, and nurses to resuscitate and repair people who suffer traumatic injuries of all sorts. Love the medicine docs, but they tend to stay as far away as possible from trauma.


  19. avatar brenton adams says:

    The burn in the comment section gives me a huge smile. Is that wrong?

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