Rand Paul, who is an eye doctor, has an opinion about the new Surgeon General nominee. Like most of Rand Paul's opinions, it's not based in fact:

On Wednesday — two years to the day after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) placed a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, over Murthy’s view that gun violence represents a significant public health threat.

“In his efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, Dr. Murthy has continually referred to guns as a public health issue on par with heart disease and has diminished the role of mental health in gun violence,” wrote Paul in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But as Sy Mukherjee at ThinkProgress writes, guns are a public health issue, and anyone who denies that fact is ignoring reality. Go read the whole post.