VPC Statement on Senate Confirmation of Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General

For Release: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washington, DC — On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America’s next surgeon general, despite the National Rifle Association’s opposition. VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand made the following statement:

“This is wonderful news and long overdue. No public official should be penalized for telling the truth about gun violence, a public health epidemic that kills over 33,000 Americans every year. We applaud every senator who stood up to the gun lobby and voted to confirm our next surgeon general. We are also grateful for the diverse coalition of citizens and groups who worked countless hours and successfully made the case that Dr. Murthy is right for the job.”

 

The Violence Policy Center is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. Follow the VPC on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

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