Biden’s Surgeon General Pushes Ban on Certain Guns, Calls for Universal Background Checks

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy speaks during an event on the White House complex in Wash
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Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared gun violence a “public health crisis” Tuesday, pushing a ban on certain firearms and calling for the implementation of universal background checks.

The Associated Press reported Murthy emphasized there were 48,000 gun deaths in the United States in 2022. That figure includes homicides, suicides, and accidential firearm deaths.

After the release of the announcement Murthy said, “America should be a place where all of us can go to school, go to work, go to the supermarket, go to our house of worship, without having to worry that that’s going to put our life at risk.”

He added, “It is now time for us to take this issue out of the realm of politics and put it in the realm of public health, the way we did with smoking more than a half century ago.”

CBS News noted that Murthy called for a ban on “automatic rifles” and for new laws restricting the carrying of firearms in public places.

On CBS Mornings Murthy said,, “The good news is there’s a lot we can do. There are, for example, community violence intervention programs that we can invest in. There are safe storage education programs that we can expand. There are firearm risk reduction strategies like background checks and other measures that would seek to create time and space between firearms and individuals who would seek to harm themselves and others.”

California has had an ‘assault weapons” ban since the 1980s and universal background checks since the 1990s. On Monday, Breitbart News pointed to FBI data showing California led the nation in “active shooter incidents” in 2023.

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