It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk — a so-called Republican — was the only GOP vote to confirm Vivek Murthy, President Obama’s controversial pick to become the next surgeon general. Murthy was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 43:
Dr. Murthy is the 36-year-old president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that advocates for Obamacare and gun control laws.
The group calls gun violence “a public health crisis.” It pushes for Congress to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines and calls for spending tax dollars for more gun-control research.
The organization also lobbies for doctors to be allowed to ask patients, including minors, whether they have legal guns in the home. If the patient admits to having guns, Dr. Murthy wants doctors to “counsel them appropriately about safety measures.”