President Obama's Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has a history of gun control adovacy. When questioned on the topic during his confirmation hearing in February, Murthy said under oath that he won't make gun control a "priority" should he be approved by the Senate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, despite saying in the past that guns are a "healthcare issue."
Last night, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox made an appearance on The Kelly File and warned that Murthy will treat gun ownership and the Second Amendment like a disease.
"Mr. Murthy is not just a gun control supporter, he's a gun control activist and it is clear his agenda is to treat a constitutional freedom as a disease. That's not something the National Rifle Association is going to sit idly by and watch happen," Cox said. "The top doctor in America should not be a partisan ideologue...teaching people about obesity and all those issues that keep people healthy and safe is where the focus should be, not on the gun control agenda."
The NRA will score Senate votes for or against Murthy and has urged its five million members to contact and urge their Senators to vote no on his confirmation.
"We don't trust this nominee and there's a reason for it and that's because he's been an activist and like I said he's hell bent on treating a constitutional freedom like a disease. That should offend and concern everybody, whether you're a Second Amendment supporter or not," Cox said.
The Senate is expected to vote on Murthy's nomination sometime in the next few weeks.
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