I will never back down from the fight to protect our Second Amendment Rights. pic.twitter.com/MXNPe6ldqC
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 29, 2022
If you don’t watch daytime television, you may not be familiar with Dr. Oz. Mehmet Oz is a retired surgeon who rose to fame thanks to a few dozen appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s weekday gabfests. Winfrey’s production company then created The Dr. Oz Show which is apparently still being broadcast, but who the hell really knows or cares?
Why should you care about Oz? Because he’s currently running in the GOP primary for the Pennsylvania Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Pat Toomey.
The latest Real Clear Politics polling numbers have him in a jumble of a race with David McCormick, a former hedge fund CEO and Treasury undersecretary in the George W. administration. Oz has a slight lead in two of five polls, but is trailing by 3.4 points in the overall average. In other words, it’s a contest.
Oz managed to secure the endorsement of President Donald Trump, something that puzzled many on the right side of the political spectrum. Among the Second Amendment community, there was concern about the good doctor’s previous expressed admiration for due process-free “red flag” laws.
Dr Oz said he wanted red flag laws in all 50 states. This isn’t up for debate, it’s literally what he said.pic.twitter.com/S9uWSeu6ko
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 26, 2022
The Trump endorsement surge and the queasiness among some over Oz’s red flag law support meant it was time to make the obligatory campaign ad letting supporters know that their gun rights will be safe should the former physician end up in Washington.
The Oz campaign made sure to cover all the bases. In the 30-second spot, he’s seen with an over/under, a GLOCK, a semi-auto shotgun, and an AR.
His campaign website is, well, economical in its description of his gun rights positions, but it makes sure to say that whole red flag support thing has been jettisoned . . .
As a proud gun-owner, Dr. Oz is a firm believer in the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to bear arms for protection. He opposes anti-gun measures like red flag laws and liberal gun grabs. Dr. Oz knows we cannot compromise our ability to protect ourselves.
Dr. Oz believes every law-abiding American citizen should be allowed to buy the gun of their desire. His father taught him to hunt when he was 12-13 years old and he taught his son how to shoot before he was in school. However, Dr. Oz knows the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting, it’s about protecting ourselves.