A surgeon general’s views on gun violence have never been a litmus test before, but Murthy got the attention of the National Rifle Association with this 2012 tweet: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.”
A potential surgeon general candidate’s views on gun control have never been this easy to disseminate before, either. Seriously, if you go on Twitter and write things, do not be surprised when people read those things, and react accordingly.
PS: It will be suggested that the end result will be that politicians and potential nominees will have to learn to be more circumspect in what they say in public. To which I reply: Republicans and conservatives have already learned that lesson, thanks to an ever-vigilant partisan media. I find nothing untoward in making their Democratic and liberal counterparts live by the same standards. Or, hey! We could all relax about this stuff… No? Well. Suffer, then.