“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.