Meet an Anti-Gun Senate Candidate: Mehmet Oz
As a television host, Mehmet Oz supported gun safety legislation. As Pennsylvania’s Republican candidate for the Senate, he did a complete about-face.
Mehmet Oz, a longtime New Jersey resident and television personality, narrowly won the Republican nomination for the Pennsylvania Senate in a primary in June. As he has done on many other issues, as a Republican candidate he has abandoned his previous positions on gun legislation and now vows to oppose any legislative attempt to reduce gun violence.
Oz will face Democratic Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman in the November general election to take the seat of retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
Fetterman, a gun owner who says he is in favor of “sense reform and legislation on firearms”, Told Philadelphia NBC affiliate WCAU-TV: “It’s high time for Congress to act. If I’m your next U.S. Senator, I’d support common sense reform like universal background checks for all gun sales and banning military-grade assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” In July, Fetterman was included on a listing “Gun Safety Champions” endorsed by the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.
Oz, who since running for the Senate has seesaw on a range of issues, including right to abortionLGBTQ equality and Hydraulic frackingonce used his platform as host of the syndicated “Doctor Oz Show” to advocate for gun safety efforts, but has since abandoned these positions.
A union member column released in 2019 as Oz in conjunction with business partner, Cleveland Clinic physician Michael Roizen, called for reinstating a federal ban on assault rifles and requiring all gun buyers to obtain licenses. Roizen has since insisted that he wrote many of the pair’s columns alone, narrative Fox News: “When Dr. Oz changed direction to launch his show in 2009, I took over as exclusive editor of this daily column.”
Oz dedicated a September 2019 segment on his TV show to discuss Extreme Risk Protection Orders, also known as “Red Flag Laws,” which allow law enforcement to temporarily disarm those who have been deemed an imminent threat to themselves or others. others. Calling these laws “something else that might protect you and your family…that can [stop] mass shootings, according to new research,” Oz said he hopes a reporting system for these laws will be anonymous: “I hope all states will say, if there’s clear evidence here, we stating this, you don’t need to get personally involved. Is that what will hopefully eventually happen in most states?”
As recently as February of this year, Oz would have told a crowd in Bucks County that he supported some red flag laws.
Now, however, he said it focuses on “protecting our gun rights”.
The Oz campaign did not immediately respond to an inquiry into its positions, but it now says it opposes virtually all gun violence laws.
No red flag laws or extensive background checks
In a column shared on its website in April, Oz describes its current position on gun legislation:
As the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, I will oppose red flag laws, universal background checks, and any gun control measures that violate the Second Amendment. I will fight against federal gun control systems and vote for judicial candidates who share my view that the constitutional right to own and bear arms is both fundamental and inviolable. … In Washington, I will persevere as a bold voice for the Second Amendment while standing up against federal efforts to strip us of our constitutional rights and fighting for freedom alongside gun owners and sportsmen in Pennsylvania.
No further efforts against gun violence
In this same columnOz indicates his opposition to an array of other proposed approaches to curbing gun violence: “Under the guise of safety and security, liberals in Washington continue to push for gun registries, gun streaks, hold, trigger locks, magazine limits, buyouts, and even arbitrary gun bans. If this were so, the left would eliminate our right to self-defense while simultaneously suppressing funding for the These policies are not only bad, they are dangerous and they make us less safe.
On June 21, he was asked by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo if he would vote for the bipartisan Safer Communities Act being considered by the Senate that day.
“I’m glad Republicans and Democrats are talking to each other. There’s nothing written for me to judge,” he replied. “I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Law-abiding American citizens should be able to own a gun, but law-abiding Americans shouldn’t.”
Unlimited, untracked gun sales
In June, Oz said during an appearance on the right-wing Newsmax network, “I strongly support the ability of all law-abiding American citizens to own a weapon of their choice.” Commenting on an attempt by the Amalgamated Bank of New York to track gun purchases through a separate new merchant category for those who sell them, Oz said: “The concern I have about this type of extracurricular effort is that they undermine the rule of law If we decide as a nation that we want to go in a particular direction, you don’t want activists, lawyers working behind the scenes to thwart that desire.”
Guns protect citizens from their own government
Oz said it was important for Americans to be armed to protect themselves from their own elected officials.
“Our Second Amendment is not just about hunting,” he says in a campaign ad released in April. “This is our constitutional right to protect ourselves from intruders or an overly intrusive government. So, as your next U.S. Senator, I will fight for our constitutional rights.”
“I’m strongly pro-Second Amendment,” he told Sean Hannity in December 2021. radio interview. “I believe that people should earn their dignity in life in many ways. One of the ways is, you get a gun. You’re allowed to have it. It’s in the Constitution for a reason. It there’s no way around it, and there’s a lot of smart things we can do with our guns, like protect ourselves.”
Communities should just ignore gun laws
In a month of February appearance on right-wing talk show host Mark Levin’s podcast, Oz praised voters in Blair County, Pennsylvania for approving a ballot measure to declare the county a “Second Amendment sanctuary” where gun laws would not be enforced: “It provides another layer of protection in case your gun rights are infringed. And again, that’s the kind of wisdom that I see in the middle part of Pennsylvania, just, God’s country, where the people know exactly what they want to do. But these values, they are not listened to in Washington.”
NRA Highest Rating
A Publish on Oz’s website announced on May 2 that the National Rifle Association had given him a rating of “AQ”, its highest score for non-tenured applicants based on their responses to his questions.
“I’m proud to receive the NRA’s highest rating for candidates without a voting record,” Oz replied. “President Trump stood with me because I will never back down in the fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. In Washington, I will persevere as a bold voice for the Second Amendment while standing up against federal efforts to taking away our constitutional rights and fighting for freedom alongside gun owners and athletes in Pennsylvania.”
A hunter without a license?
According to a report Posted on July 19 on the Florida Politics website, Oz told Fox News that he had a “hunting ranch…in Florida,” but never got a hunting license in the state.
John Fetterman tweeted in response, “‘I’ve been shooting and hunting all my life’ – Dr Oz in one of his TV commercials. We totally believed you man 😅.”
Published with permission of the American Independent Foundation.