Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, is much more committed to gun control than he is to medicine, according to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy. For that reason, he will not be voting to confirm his nomination.
Barrasso, who is a physician himself, appeared “On the Record” Monday and told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren why Murthy was unqualified for the position.
“The surgeon general is the nation’s doctor,” he said. “His [Murthy’s] claim to fame is founding an organization to help promote the health care law and to go after out Second Amendment rights.” Murthy has taken to Twitter to express his support of strict gun control laws, even referring to gun violence as a health issue.
Barrasso isn’t alone. In February, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wrote Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that he found the nominee unsatisfactory.
“Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon General because of his intent to use that position to launch an attack on Americans’ right to own a firearm under the guise of a public health and safety campaign,” Paul said in his letter.
Because of his position on Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association has weighed in, stating, according to its website:
The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government’s public health efforts. In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General’s actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives. In this regard, Dr. Murthy’s record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America’s 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership.
Barrasso noted that “even Richard Carmona, a former surgeon general, a Democrat, wrote a letter to the president and said this nominee is totally unqualified.”
Murthy’s nomination “got out of committee the other day,” the senator told Van Susteren, and will come up for a vote whenever Reid schedules it.
If the Senate nixes Barrasso, this would be the second rejection of an Obama nominee in a row. Seven Democrats joined the GOP in shooting down Debo P. Adegbile last week to take the reins of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The vote was 47-52.
Watch the exchange via Fox News.
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