President Obama should stand behind his choice for surgeon general and refuse to surrender to the National Rifle Association — or to nervous Democrats who fear the organization.
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, a Harvard- and Yale-educated internist at Brigham and Women’s hospital, is well qualified for the surgeon general’s post. But the Brookline resident is under attack because, over the years, he has expressed support for a range of gun control measures. According to The New York Times, as many as 10 Democrats might vote against him. Many of them come from states where public sentiments are strongly pro-gun, and they are loath to defy the NRA, which plans to include a confirmation vote on Murthy in its legislative scorecard.