Biden’s Surgeon General Targets The Constitution

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( – This week Surgeon General Vivek Murthy made headlines after he became the first surgeon general to declare that the firearm violence in the country is a public health crisis. This is a move that the Democrats have heavily approved of. In his public health advisory, the Democrats had applauded the move which blasted gun violence and gun rights groups. 

In a press release, the National Shooting Sports Foundation argued that the declaration made by Murthy was just a political trick during election year that was “masquerading in the white lab coat.” 

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) had argued that the action was “unconstitutional overreach” and had even noted that in 2021 during the confirmation hearing of the surgeon general, he had claimed that his focus was not going to be on gun control. 

In a statement on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) argued that this was an abuse of power by Murthy and an attempt to target the Second Amendment and the constitutional right to bear arms of Americans. He added that this is not something they would allow the Biden administration to do. 

Murthy has stated that he was hoping his statement would bring attention to the dire situation regarding gun violence, while also proposing policy measures that could mitigate the fallout and frequency of such incidents. 

Public health organizations and Democrats have praised Murthy for the statement. In his own post on X, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) argued that the epidemic has destroyed families in the U.S. and has resulted in the country being a global outlier. 

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) similarly argued in his own post that gun violence is a “public health crisis” and that bringing safety to U.S. children should not be considered a partisan issue.

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