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Joe Biden Picks Vivek Murthy Who Said "Guns Are A Health Crisis" To Head HHS

Biden picked an anti-gunner as the head of HHS in a move aimed to cement his gun agenda. Both frontrunners had declared guns as a health crisis. Insider sources said Biden selected Vivek Murthy to deal with an issue he had declared a top priority during his campaign.

"Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they're scared of NRA," Murthy tweeted in 2012. "Guns are a health care issue."

Years later, he defended his position after gun rights activists criticized him for trying to pass personal opinion as science.

"The statements I've made in the past about gun violence being a public health issue, I stand by those comments because they are a fact," Vivek said in April 2015.

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Vivek said he concluded that guns were a public health crisis after treating multiple patients with gun-related injuries.

"My concerns with regard to issues like gun violence have to do with my experience as a physician, seeing patients in emergency rooms."

It's almost frustrating how one person could make such a far-reaching conclusion based on anecdotal experience.

Commenting on Vivek's nomination and the declaration of firearms as a health crisis, Gun rights activist Colion Noir told Fox and Friends that such remarks were big scare tactics to put people in an emotional state.

"People are gonna be more inclined to give up civil liberties and their personal rights when they think something is a health crisis," Colion said.

The second runners up, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, campaigned for an "assault weapons" ban and against firearms in schools.

"It is unacceptable that our children are growing up in a country where they have to worry about gun violence," Raimondo said while signing a gun control bill. "This is one of the most disturbing and preventable public health crises of this generation, and we owe it to our children to take action."

The whole process of picking the HHS head was an attempt to politicize healthcare by integrating partisan political strategy into public health policy.


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