After a long wait on confirmation, Surgeon General Vivek A. Murthy has been sworn in. Murthy’s stance on gun control resulted in the long confirmation. In a tweet in 2012, Murthy stated, “Tired of politicians playing politics w/guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of [National Rifle Association]. Guns are a health care issue.”
In his first interview since his confirmation, Murthy was asked to explain the meaning of his tweet and his plans for gun control as surgeon general.
“Here’s what I meant when I wrote that tweet. Violence of all kinds is a public health issue. When you have large numbers of people dying from preventable causes, that’s a health care issue. That’s a public health issue.”
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