Senate GOP Candidate Oz No Wizard When It Comes to Guns

Update: Since publishing this article, Dr. Mehmet Oz has announced he is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican.

His close friendship and professional relationship with major March for Our Lives donor Oprah Winfrey, along with his personal advocacy for citizen disarmament laws, should be enough for Pennsylvania gun owners to tell GOP political strategists that, his fame and fortune notwithstanding, Dr. Oz is a non-starter with them as a Senate candidate. (Dr. Mehmet Oz/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz is poised to shake up the Pennsylvania Senate race, bolstered by a vast personal fortune to invest in a 2022 campaign and enviable poll numbers that suggest the Republican would be an immediate front-runner,” the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. “Oz, 61, has not decided whether to pull the trigger on a bid for the seat being relinquished by retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. But if the television personality runs, he is prepared to back the effort with millions of his own money and would begin a campaign for the GOP nomination with stratospheric ratings among key demographics, a source close to Oz revealed in an interview…”

To bolster the enthusiasm, the report tells readers Oz “is on good terms with former President Donald Trump and has been friends with the former president for 15 years. Indeed, Trump appointed Oz to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, which included among its members a 2022 Senate candidate who has already received the former president’s endorsement…”

The biggest objection seems to be “culturally conservative pockets of central and western Pennsylvania” may object to Oz moving from New Jersey to Philadelphia “only about a year ago,” leaving him vulnerable to being seen as a “carpetbagger.”

That’s hardly the only one, and the lack of any acknowledgment on how the right to keep and bear arms may influence Pennsylvania GOP choices shows, among other things, DC establishment blinders on Examiner political reporting.

With Toomey taking himself out of the picture, Pennsylvania gun owners have a chance to right some serious Republican wrongs the Party has foisted on them for years. We’re talking about a politician of “Manchin/Toomey” notoriety who “earned” an endorsement from the Giffords gun grab group, and who has been trying for years to enact “bipartisan” infringements. I’ve compiled a partial chronicling of his giving aid and comfort to the enemy (and if you don’t believe that’s what they are you haven’t been paying attention) over at The War on Guns blog, along with other examples of subversive PA GOP offerings like Arlen Specter and Tom Ridge.

Oz will be Toomey on steroids. When it comes to guns, he’ll be able to look at the outgoing senator and say, “Hold my beer.” Among examples it took me mere seconds to find:

  • Breaking News: #ThisIsOurLane Doctors Speak Out About Gun Violence[UPDATE: Dr. Oz’s handlers redirected the link to the “This Is Our Lane” page to his website, and since the original link is not archived, we have changed the link here to direct to The Gun Feed, where they reconstructed the information we wanted you to know about.] Oz hosts doctors speaking out for citizen disarmament laws (“including the banning of semiautomatic firearms”) under the guise of “public health,” as if they have special and certified insights on the causes rather than dealing with the effects. Conspicuously absent is any representation from medical professionals who have actually developed expertise on the issue, like Miguel Faria and/or Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership. Then again, such exclusion is hardly surprising considering Oz got his big media break from anti-gun (but heavily bodyguarded) Oprah Winfrey.
  • Oz feeds his low-information audience one-sided crap about so-called “red flag laws” without a word about due process. It’s telling that one of his guests helping him push them is the neocon Heritage Foundation’s ostensible “gun rights” expert, Amy Swearer, prompting what I find to be the most relevant question in the YouTube comment thread:

“How does this chick come on Dr. Oz all pro-red flag, and go on Liz Wheeler all pro-2A? I’m genuinely confused.”

That Oz, of Turkish ancestry, does not concede genocide by the Ottomans that was partially enabled via a permitting scheme, registration lists, and possession bans is obvious. The other concern all voters should have is with his dual citizenship. As I warned when the GOP was trying to foist another popular “dual citizen” celebrity on Republican voters, gun- (and maid-) grabbing “action hero” Arnold Schwarzenegger:

There’s another oath Arnold took, back in 1983, when he became an American citizen:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen… But there’s a problem: Arnold apparently never really meant it (any more than he would the governor’s oath) and pulled strings with the Austrian government to retain his citizenship there, as well. This despite the fact that the government of Austria “[i]n general… does not allow dual citizenship…Thus, if a person acquires US citizenship, he/she usually has to renounce the actual citizenship he/she is holding.”

The problem reaches beyond Austrian law. According to Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, “The U.S. government has generally looked with disfavor on United States Citizens maintaining dual nationality.” Indeed, the US Department of State cautions that “dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country.”

Beltway swamp schemers who know nothing of principles and for whom the only consideration is an “R” after a winning politician’s name will try to exploit Oz’s fame and fortune to get him in the Senate, and the rights of gun owners be damned. They’re already exploiting his cordial relationship with Donald Trump (and if the former president backs him that will tell all but the most self-deluded “3D chess” apologists all they need to know).

Don’t let Party strategists get away with this.

If Pennsylvania gun owners do, they may as well elect a “gun sense candidate” Democrat, because this guy will vote for every disarmament bill that comes across his desk, assuming he isn’t the one initiating them. Oz will use his “advise and consent” role to confirm officials and judges hostile to your rights and loyal only to their Big Club interests.

Oz will definitely give you the feeling you’re not in the Founders’ Republic anymore. Throw a bucket of water on this now.


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Quatermain

If his past comments are not indicative enough then his residence choices (Jersey and Philly) and pro Vax stance ought to be brought out too. Woke to the core.

swmft

the same vax that is usless after 5 months and increases chanses of heart attack and stroke by 30%

Cruiser

If you’re not for the Bill of Rights 100%, you’re just another Liberal.

JMacZ

Oz’s relationship with Oprah is more than enough to damn him by me. What does he think he is, Romney with a M.D.?

Last edited 11 months ago by JMacZ
Sgt2111

More people are killed every year by medical mistakes and prescription drugs than by guns.
Maybe we should ban doctors.

Glypto Dropem

Oh yes, many more killed by medical mistakes by a HUGE margin.

Total average annual firearm deaths: about 35,000. Of those, the majority are by suicide. Homicide averaging around 15,000 for the past 40 years.

Source: https://usafacts.org/data/topics/security-safety/crime-and-justice/firearms/firearm-deaths/

Death by medical mistakes are reported by multiple sources to be anywhere from 250,000 to 440,000 per year. That means conservatively almost 17X more death caused by healthcare professionals than armed street thugs.

I’d rather take my chances against an armed street thug. Being armed all the time myself, at least I have the opportunity to fight back.

Last edited 11 months ago by Glypto Dropem
willyd

Remember they BURY THEIR MISTAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! License to practice medicine not certified!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tank

Truth.

Dan

Good article as always David. Thanks for the heads up, I too will be watching to see if President Trump backs him- I truly hope not.

Don

We can’t trust Republicans in any state race. They have joined with democrats ll too often doing damage to the country. Just like the recent vote on the BBB legislation in the house. Pennsylvania is an anti-gun state.

JSNMGC

“We?”

After your comments about how you would have enforced registration of semiautomatic rifles and then you refused to answer whether you would have enforced a ban of semiautomatic rifles (i.e., participate in confiscation), you are not part of the firearm rights community. You are part of a subset of retired enforcers who would follow almost any order to enforce any law against certain people in order to keep your job and pension.

hoss

Wow just what we need, another anti/gun Muslim in our government!
How long are we to suffer these foreign bastards with their ideologues that don’t fit with our constitution.
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

BigJim

Never trust a ‘talk show host’, or a man who wears turtle necks. 😉

JSNMGC

Hannity’s girlfriend is gushing over Oz on cable TV. “You are loved by everyone in America right now.”

Consistent with Fox’s anti-2nd amendment leaning, no questions are being asked about Oz’s views on 2nd amendment issues. Earhardt, Doocy, and Kilmeade are pitching softballls to him and helping him position himself as a pro-freedom candidate.

Stag

If he comes out in “support of the 2A” then it will be with camo, orange vest, shotgun, deer rifle, or some mix of that. They always talk about being a hunter or supporting hunting and/or shooting sports. Standard butter/fudd stuff. Too bad none of them (except for a handful that I can think off) actually come out in support of the 2A by acknowledging what it’s actual purpose is and that would be to forbid the government from enacting ANY arms law so we are adequately equipped to resist tyranny.

JSNMGC

Oz is obviously a long way from acknowledging what the 2nd Amendment is for – same for Youngkin.

Tank

Correct. Oz & Harpo. No coincidences.

Duality just like the Led Zeppelin song tells us.

“Cause you know sometime words have two meaning’s.”

There is a codex.

Mack

David, please know that the mighty Oz speaks!

Why I’m running to be a senator from Pennsylvania

JSNMGC

Good article. You rustled some Ammoland jimmies.

Where is tetejaun?

“I bET yOU diDn’t EVEN do ANY canVassing . . . ehhhhh . PERIOD !!!”

JSNMGC

The botoxed scammer is on Fox saying he’s Pro 2nd Amendment: “I own a gun!”

Wass

Oz’s connection to Oprah notwithstanding, he may yet be amenable to reason vis-a-vis gun rights. From what I’ve gathered, through his appearance on the Hannity Show, he touches all the bases for conservatives. Let’s not jump to conclusions. Remember, he’s running as a Republican, and any Democrat will be antithetical to 2A rights.

Larry

“RINO is better than Democrat!”
Tired of this moldy oldie.
He isn’t.

Tank

Pssst here’s an insider secret how the codex works.

Oprah’s production company is called Harpo Productions. Harpo is code for Harpokrates the Greek & Egyptian God of silence. Harpokrates was the Greek interpretation of the Egyptian god Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child) who was usually depicted as a small boy with a finger held to his lips–an Egyptian gesture symbolising childhood which the Greeks mistook for a hush for silence.Egyptian as in Pharisee Gods. Just like the House of Lords wear wigs like the Egyptian Pharisee Gods did.

https://www.theoi.com/Daimon/Harpokrates.htm

Clown World CIA Shit Show Circus Theatre of the absurd.

Last edited 11 months ago by Tank
notmyrealname

Umm…Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards. But you can go with that.

Tank

Oz & Oprah. Coincidence not hardly & not how it works.

AZ Lefty

Yes we “get it” You are a Racist failure at life

Montana454Casull

Typical liberal play that race card lefty ass , I mean AZ . You are a complete clown as ussual alway attacking people you don’t agree with . You need to find a site for lib turds to spew your crap .