Both of Joe Biden’s picks for heading the Department of Health and Human Services have a history of being anti-gun. They both consider the issue of ‘gun violence’ to be a ‘public health crisis’ that requires government involvement.
Vivek Murthy, is a former appointee to the HHS department from the Obama years. He has said in the past that politicians are “playing politics” with their big talk of passing gun control but never getting the job done.
He tweeted to that effect after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“Guns are a health care issue,” Murthy said, in a resurfaced tweet. The tweet was brought up by Republicans in 2014 when Murthy’s name was put up for U.S. Surgeon General under then President Barack Obama.
Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. #debatehealth
— Vivek Murthy (@vivek_murthy) October 17, 2012
President Trump later asked Murthy to resign his position. Joe Biden is actively considering reinstating him.
Not The Only Potential HHS Leader Who Shares Anti-Gun Sentiments
Another name on the short list of potential HHS leaders is Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. Raimondo has championed gun control like an assault weapons ban, teachers carrying guns in schools, and more.
“It is unacceptable that our children are growing up in a country where they have to worry about gun violence. 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.” Raimondo said last year after signing a gun reform bill.
Biden and His Cabinet Will Be Anti-Gun To The Core
From his earliest days on the campaign trail to the people he’s picking to lead his potential administration, Joe Biden has shown that he plans to be one of the most anti-gun presidents in American history.