Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Doesn’t Back Down on Gun Control

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, speaking before a banquet room full of journalists, says he still stands by his tweets on gun control, the same tweets that delayed his confirmation to his cabinet post for more than year.

Heavy lobbying by the National Rifle Association prolonged the confirmation into an old west-style shootout in the political arena.

Murthy made his comments on Twitter in his role as founder and president of Doctors for America.

Murthy said he wasn’t totally surprised by the backlash given the political realities in Washington.

“For anybody who has worked in a hospital, people understand that gun violence is a public health issue,” he told some 900 attendees at the closing gala at the Asian American Journalists Association’s annual convention in San Francisco.

“The reason it is is whenever you have large numbers of people who are getting injured or dying, that’s a public health issue. It’s why doctors spoke up about seat belts, especially in the 80s or 90s when we saw a large number of people dying in motor vehicle accidents.”

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