In Pa. Senate run, Dr. Oz casts self as pro-Second Amendment, but he has backed gun-control measures

In Pa. Senate run, Dr. Oz casts self as pro-Second Amendment, but he has backed gun-control measures

Dave McCormick (left) and Mehmet Oz are two of the Republicans running in 2022 for an open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. (AP) If Your Time is short Oz campaigns as a gun owner who supports the Second Amendment, but for years he supported gun-control measures. In his run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz is branding himself as a protector of rights for gun owners. So it might be surprising to GOP voters to see claims from his chief rival for the Republican nomination that say he’s made numerous statements in support of gun-control measures. Former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick used a 15-second video ad on Facebook and Instagram to describe Oz, the physician and TV personality who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump. “Mehmet Oz is anti-gun,” the ad claims in text that appears over a grainy black-and-white image of Oz while dramatic music plays and other claims flash across the screen. “Oz called for a New Zealand-style gun ban,” says one. “Oz: Americans should have ‘less access to guns.’” Did Oz really say those things? A review of statements he has made on television, in social media posts and in bylined columns show Oz for years promoted these and other ideas supported by advocates of gun control measures. His position on these matters appears to have changed since he announced his plan to run for public office. The “Second Amendment” section of Oz’s campaign website says: “As a proud gun-owner, Dr. Oz […]

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