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L.A. Times says NRA shouldn’t halt Surgeon General appointment L.A. Times says NRA shouldn’t halt Surgeon General appointment

The National  Rifle Assn. has a problem with Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Obama‘s  nominee for surgeon general, but it has nothing to do with Murthy’s medical  expertise. It’s that Murthy thinks gun control is smart public health policy.  Unfortunately, too many members of the Senate share the gun lobby’s skewed view of the world, much to the detriment of the  country and, it seems, to Murthy’s chances of being confirmed.

Murthy, an outspoken Obama supporter since before the 2008 election, earned  an undergraduate degree at Harvard, an MBA from the Yale School of Management  and a medical degree from the Yale  School of Medicine; he teaches medicine at Harvard and is an attending  physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; he’s served on a federal  medical advisory board and is involved in medical nonprofit groups, all  according to the White  House. Whether that qualifies Murthy to be surgeon general is a legitimate  question for the Senate in its constitutional role of giving advice and consent  to presidential nominations.

A man holds a prototype of a smart gun by Armatix during  the International Guns Exhibition 'IWA & OutdoorClassics' in Nuremberg

But Murthy’s belief that guns, which the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention links to more than 30,000 deaths a year,  are a public health issue should not be the litmus test for whether he is  qualified to be the nation’s top public health advocate.

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Source: L.A. Times