In a massive blow to the pro-gun community, the Senate has confirmed Obama’s nomination for America’s next surgeon general.
Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by a vote of 51-43 in a major defeat against the NRA and many other gun groups. Murthy has been criticized for his gun stance believing it to be a public health issue.
Guns.com writes that the NRA, “fears the Obama Administration may be attempting to use the Office of the Surgeon General to launch an anti-gun agenda.”
In a December 9th letter written by Chris Cox, the NRA’s executive Director for Legislative Action, and sent to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Cox wrote, “Dr. Murthy’s political activism on behalf of a radical gun control agenda compromises his ability to speak to a broad segment of the American public on questions of health and science.”
“As ‘America’s Doctor, Vivek will hit the ground running to make sure every American has the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe,” Obama said in a released statement.
Some on the Hill also believe that Murthy is not the write man for the job. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) said, “After meeting with Dr. Murthy, I don’t question his medical qualifications. I just question whether the public will believe that he can separate his political beliefs from his public health views,
But Murthy had the support of many Medical groups such as the New England Journal of Medicine who went after the NRA for “blocking” Murthy’s confirmation as well as Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.
“The United States Senate today stood up to the gun lobby by confirming Dr. Vivek Murthy as our country’s next surgeon general – an important step forward in addressing gun violence in our country as a public health problem,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign also weighed in. “Now we have a Surgeon General who recognizes that gun violence is a serious public health issue that America urgently needs to address,” he said.