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“Signs of progress-we got 20 votes in the senate in favor of gun violence legislation that we wouldn’t have had 1 year ago. Have faith.” ( 21 April 2013)

Dr. Richard Carmona, a former surgeon general, wrote to the president to oppose Dr. Murthy’s nomination.

In an interview this week, Dr. Carmona said, “I don’t think he has the qualifications. He’s just a few years out of medical training and has done some volunteer work and started a software company.”

“The surgeon general needs to be independent. Your job is to tell the truth about science and facts. It’s not about Democrat or Republican,” Dr. Carmona told me. “As soon as you get into defending or supporting a party’s political position, then that undermines and diminishes the Office of the Surgeon General.”

Mr. Reid has not yet announced when the full Senate will vote on Dr. Murthy’s nomination. 

So the timing is right for the NRA to try to stop this unqualified, anti-gun radical from becoming the next “Nation’s Doctor.”

Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).