On October 4, Breitbart News reported an emerging narrative on the left, as MSBNC blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA) for Ebola’s arrival in the U.S., as well as new cases of the disease that have followed since.
Why is the NRA to blame? Because they successfully opposed President Obama’s surgeon general nominee–Dr. Vivek Murthy–in March 2013. Murthy wanted to treat gun violence as a public health issue instead of a criminal matter, thereby opening the back door for gun edicts that usurped the Second Amendment via administrative law.
A columnist for the Los Angeles Times is now pushing the same narrative.
On October 12 the Times ran a column by Michael Hiltzik that detailed those newly infected with Ebola and suggested things could be better if we only had a Surgeon General. But “we don’t have a surgeon general. And for that, blame belongs to the fourth branch of government, the National Rifle Association.”
The Times then asked how anyone could honestly disagree with the position that “guns are a public health issue.” The editorial board suggest a Surgeon General like Murthy could have campaigned against guns in the same that Surgeon General C. Everett Koop “[campaigned] against smoking.”
When not campaigning against guns, Murthy could have talked to us about Ebola.
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