Dr. Mehmet Oz pledges support for Second Amendment in new campaign ad

Dr. Mehmet Oz pledges support for Second Amendment in new campaign ad

Dr. Mehmet Oz If Dr. Mehmet Oz were a generic Republican running for office, I’d look at this campaign add and nod along in approval. But Dr. Oz isn’t a generic Republican. He’s a guy with a long history of either endorsing gun control laws on his long-running television show or endorsing them in the syndicated newspaper column that ran under his byline for years. So when Oz says in his new campaign ad that the “Second Amendment isn’t just about hunting, it’s about our constitutional right to protect ourselves from intruders or an overly intrusive government” while slamming a magazine into an AR-15 rifle, I can’t help but wonder what changed in the past couple of years. This is the same guy, after all, who called for a “New Zealand-style ban” on modern sporting rifles, or at least he allowed a column running under his name to be published with that call to (dis)arm. Oz has blamed the pro-gun control columns on his co-writer, but Oz never objected publicly or disavowed those columns until after he announced his run for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Now, I know that people can change their minds on an issue. But Oz isn’t copping to a change in opinion in his ad. Far from it. From the opening line, “my father taught me how to handle my first gun” to the closing pledge to “fight for our constitutional rights,” Oz makes it sound like he’s always been a Second Amendment […]

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