Dr. Oz at ServiceNation 2008 / Photo by David Berkowitz via Flickr

Republican Candidate for Senate and former talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz has made numerous statements in the past, mostly during his days as a talk show host, where he is interpreted as disparaging the 2nd amendment and advocating for gun control. This has been cause for concern for many patriots in the state of Pennsylvania where Dr. Oz is running as a Republican. 

As a means of putting these ends to these concerns and distancing himself from his past comments, Dr. Oz released the following statement: 

As a proud gun owner myself, I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to bear arms for protection. I do not believe there should be any policy or law, state or federal, that prevents a law-abiding American from purchasing a gun without due process and fair adjudication.

Fox News and others previously covered Dr. Oz’s past statements on gun control, including his statements about red flag laws. From Fox News

Oz has voiced support for “red flag” laws, which would allow the government to confiscate guns from individuals without proof of malicious intent. 

“Part of the hope, I gather, is that we’ll make a system so that I can call in and say ‘There’s evidence besides my testimony that this person is dangerous. Look at their Facebook feed or social media postings. Or comments they’ve made to coworkers beside me. Do a little investigating. I’m alerting you, putting a little red flag up there saying this person is a concern,'” Oz told the audience on a previous episode of his show.

He also previously promoted a call from the American College of Physicians for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, though he didn’t explicitly endorse such a ban himself. 

Dr. Oz is an unknown quantity when it comes to the 2nd amendment, it is possible that he has evolved as a person as the viewpoints we hold are subject to change for a variety of reasons but that does not mean that this is the case with Dr. Oz. The only way to know for sure is to see what he will do if he is elected. Unlike others, he does not have a public voting record on these issues from previously held positions in government. Only time will tell what Dr. Oz is really made of.

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