Dr. Oz is hoping to represent Pennsylvanians in the U.S. Senate, as Incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) is not seeking re-election.
The talk show host, Oprah protégé, and cardiothoracic surgeon announced his campaign for the 2022 Senate race on social media.
I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021
“I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington,” Oz said on Twitter.
“I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills,” he continued. “Watch my announcement video now!”
But while the “Conservative Republican” shoe may fit with respect to the doctor’s position on many issues, there is one that may give PA voters cause for pause. The Second Amendment.
As Fox News recently pointed out, Dr. Oz has voiced support for red flag laws and put his influence behind various gun-control campaigns over the years.
“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,'” he said during an episode of “The Dr. Oz Show.”
Also, according to Fox News:
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.
Following the publication of the Fox News article, Oz responded with a statement defending his 2A credentials.
“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,” Oz said.
Right now, the @CDCgov is NOT funded to study gun violence in this country. It’s time we treat shootings as a public health problem. Contact your congressperson today to demand they fund the #CDC to comprehensively study gun violence. #EndTheBan https://t.co/iFDGMG7fI5 pic.twitter.com/lZdMXW5zLC— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) March 14, 2018
It appears the second half of that statement is in response to Oz’s comment about red flag laws that permit the government to confiscate firearms from individuals accused but not convicted of being a danger to themselves and others.
Of course, the question is whether Oz supports confiscation first and adjudication second, or adjudication first and confiscation second.
Many red flag laws empower the government to seize guns and 2A rights now while forcing the accused to defend himself later, days or even weeks down the road. That is the opposite of due process.
Voters will decide who takes over for Sen. Toomey on November 8, 2022. That gives Dr. Oz a lot of time to clarify his statements and positions, assuming he makes it through the GOP primary. Stay tuned for updates.