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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Trump’s Surgeon General Nominee A Breath Of Fresh Air After Vivek Murthy

Most who follow the gun issue closely will remember that President Barack Obama’s surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, was a devout gun-ban advocate, stating last year: "What I’ve said before is what I believe now—which is gun violence is a public health issue.”

Thankfully, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the same post is a gun owner himself, and doesn’t see all guns as bad.

When anti-gun U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., asked Trump nominee Dr. Jerome Adams what the surgeon general can do to stem gun violence, his reply was laudable: “Guns and gun owners aren’t inherently a public health problem, but the violence that results absolutely is,” he answered. “I think what we have to do is separate the tool from the perpetrator; cars are not a public health problem, car accidents are a public health problem.”

Having a surgeon general who understands the difference between law-abiding gun owners and violent criminals will be a welcome relief from the last several years of having a gun-ban advocate in that position.