Surgeon General Declares Guns To Be Public Health Crisis

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When one goes to the Surgeon General’s page to see his agenda, something stands out. Of the current eight items listed as his top priorities, only one (COVID-19) has any direct relationship to physical health.

On Tuesday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared that the Second Amendment is a public health emergency.

Fox News explained the Surgeon General’s argument against gun owners.

“Today, for the first time in the history of our office, I am issuing a Surgeon General’s Advisory on firearm violence,” Murthy said in a video announcement. “It outlines the urgent threat firearm violence poses to the health and well-being of our country.”

“As a doctor, I’ve seen the consequences of firearm violence up close and the lives of the patients that cared for over the years,” the surgeon general continued. “These are moms and dads, sons and daughters, all of whom were robbed of their physical and mental health by senseless acts of violence.”

The advisory states that 54% of adults in America have experienced a firearm-related incident. These experiences with firearm violence include individuals who have been threatened with a gun (21%), lost a family member in a gun-related death (19%), witnessed a shooting (17%), and been wounded by a firearm (4%).

The 54% figure also includes adults who have fired a gun in self-defense (4%). The gun-related death statistic includes those who committed suicide via firearm.

The Wall Street Journal reported that “the surgeon general’s advisory makes several recommendations to reduce deaths, including universal background checks, banning guns described as assault weapons and passing state laws that require guns to be stored and locked away from children.

It also recommends treating guns like cars, pesticides and other products that are regulated by federal agencies that issue safety standards and warnings.”

One curious aspect of Murthy’s report, however, comes in how he defines “children” in order to claim that gun violence is the leading cause of death for kids, something Biden himself has repeated.

As part of his “key data” for declaring guns to be a public health menace, Murthy shows a chart that read “Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and adolescents” before putting in smaller print “1-19 years of in the United States, 2002-2022.”

For Democrats, children between the ages of 0 and 1 are not counted as children, which is convenient when one considers that the leading cause of death in those children is congenital diseases. Taking that group out while simultaneously adding 19-year-olds, a group more likely to be in a violent confrontation, seems obviously purposeful.

While the Surgeon General wants to focus on the Second Amendment, one issue that Biden’s health officials have mostly ignored is the rise of fentanyl deaths over the past decade.

In 2023, 42,967 people died in the United States from gun-related injuries, according to reports. That number is less than half of those who died from overdoses last year.

NPR reported last year that “for the first time in U.S. history, fatal overdoses peaked above 112,000 deaths, with young people and people of color among the hardest hit.

Drug policy experts, and people living with addiction, say the magnitude of this calamity now eclipses every previous drug epidemic, from crack cocaine in the 1980s to the prescription opioid crisis of the 2000s.”

That crisis, apparently, couldn’t top “health misinformation” and “social media” and be included as part of the Surgeon General’s priorities, however.

One only needs to look at a map of drug deaths to see why.

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