Is Dr. Oz Anti-Gun? Senatorial Candidate and Reality TV Doc Denies Writing Anti-Gun Articles

The doctor got famous by appearing as a health expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show. (Photo: Public Domain)

Celebrity doctor and Pennsylvania senatorial candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is taking fire from gun-rights advocates for articles he published in 2017 and 2019 that advocate for gun control.

The Republican candidate’s byline is on the editorials, but he denies writing them. The “YouDocs” syndicated column was co-written by Oz and his business partner, Dr. Michael Roizen. Oz claims that Roizen was the primary author of the articles, and Roizen confirmed in a letter to Fox News that Oz’s involvement was “minimal.”

The articles in question advocate for an “assault weapon” ban, red flag laws, New Zealand-style gun buyback programs, universal gun purchaser licensing, and mandatory waiting periods.

One article from July 2019, for example, characterizes state restrictions on semi-automatic rifles as “good news” and calls for a reinstitution of the nationwide ban on such firearms.

Another article from 2017 repeats the false claim that “almost every gun owner in the U.S. supports tighter gun laws” and describes those who legally carry a concealed firearm as “scary!”

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“Just think how many lives strict background checks and tighter automatic weapon, magazine and ammunition regulations could save without impinging on anyone’s rights,” Oz and Roizen write.

Not everyone is buying Oz’s claim that he didn’t know or support the content of the articles.

“What’s most striking about this is that Oz thinks that Pennsylvania Republicans are dumb enough to buy this nonsense,” said Arthur Schwartz, a Republican operative. “No one actually believes that he was so offended by the content of these columns that he waited until he was running for senate in a Republican primary to disown them.”

The Pennsylvania chapter of Gun Owners of America posted an article on their Facebook page quoting Schwartz’s comment. They also released a statement of their own on the social media platform: “Dr. Oz tries to disavow gun control articles. If his name is on them, they are attributable to him, regardless of who actually penned them. If Oz didn’t support what was written, he should never have co-authored them.”

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None of the eight comments underneath the post defend the doctor. “He can deny all he wants. I still don’t trust him. Won’t be voting for him, either. He needs to go back to New Jersey and stay there,” one comment reads.

Oz’s opponents in the GOP primary have jumped on the opportunity to slam the doctor. Dave McCormick, the leading Republican candidate in the race, said in a statement that Oz “has a long public record and history of being enthusiastically anti-Second Amendment.”

“He has supported red flag laws and sided with extreme left gun grabbers to try to take away guns from Americans,” the statement continued. “Now Mehmet is hoping PA voters will forget he is anti-gun and the fact he will not support our constitutional right”

The Pennsylvania primary election will take place on May 17th.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • BluNos May 4, 2022, 5:49 pm

    Just what we need, another RINO. No thank you.

  • D.J. March 31, 2022, 8:00 am

    Pa. , you folks can do as you like . I wouldn’t trust the “ little rich boy “
    any farther than I could pick his double-talking behind up , and throw him .

  • Jed A Peeler March 28, 2022, 3:08 pm

    I would go with the proven candidate in this race, not Dr. Oz.! Why take a chance?

  • TriggerHappy March 28, 2022, 2:49 pm

    I wouldn’t trust him, he already came out that he supports the Red Flag law.

  • Al Cram March 28, 2022, 2:06 pm

    I wouldn’t vote for OZ no matter what his stance on guns.

  • Keith Phillips March 28, 2022, 1:05 pm

    Let me see which way is the wind blowing today I guess that’s the way I’ll be going, typical Democrat lying BS. Wouldn’t be surprised if Oprah is funding his campaign

  • George Bill March 28, 2022, 10:23 am

    Either you did or you didn’t write them. If you did say so like a Man, not a like a Democrat. If we don’t have guns we face grave danger from Countries who wish to invade us from both inside and out. Remember the Japanese Admiral who said the US could never be held , because behind every bush, was a citizen with a gun

  • GreatGrandpa March 28, 2022, 10:05 am

    Ya’ll seen enough yet? Ya’ll know what needs to be done, Git r Dun! NCSWIC, WWG1WGA, P.A.N.I.C. Let’s Go Brandon, FJB and all satan’s demon spawn minions, they deserve dirt naps.

  • BUFORD March 25, 2022, 4:36 pm

    Backtracker
    WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING
    Doesn’t the man proofread his own press releases?
    Smells like b-ll sh-t to me

  • OldGuy March 25, 2022, 3:40 pm

    As a medical doctor, I’m certain Dr. Oz has seen his own share of gunshot wounds and stab wounds when he was working as an emergency room physician which might explain his perspective on gun control which so many physicians seem to share. Dr. Oz’s primary duties are today are as a heart surgeon when he is not appearing on his own television variety show.
    As far as perspectives, just keep in mind who owns Dr. Oz’s television network show, none other than the billionaire, Oprah Winfrey, who is an intimate friend of all-things-left, and a staunch proponent of gun control as she is a member of the Hollywood Democrat Elite.
    There are many individuals who would like to obtain a position of legislative power in our society today to influence the direction our society travels to in the future. Our founding fathers never knew of the special interest groups and the lobbyists which we have today muddying the waters of the legislative branch of our government.
    Being influenced by individuals like Oprah Winfrey is as bad as being influenced by George Soros or Michael Bloomberg, in my own humble opinion. If those billionaires want a life in the legislative branch, then perhaps they should campaign and if elected pursue the interests of their constituents, not carry-out a subversive campaign to change America in the image which they wish to see.
    I would not vote for Dr. Oz based upon what I have seen here today and what I already know, and how I feel, that the Democrats will not rest until America is summarily disarmed.

  • Bumper March 25, 2022, 3:12 pm

    What would be the treatment plan for stepping on your tongue?

  • Dr Motown March 25, 2022, 8:06 am

    Practicing how to lie and obfuscate….he should run on the Democrats ticket next time

  • Anthony Romano March 25, 2022, 7:18 am

    These articles were written 5 years ago and now he’s saying he didn’t write them? Sounds like a typical scumbag lying politician to me!

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