Doddering Joe has pledged to behave within his first 100 days to do one thing about “gun violence,” if elected. Once he’s been put out to pasture following the election, President Harris has made it fairly clear that her intent is to outlaw “assault weapons” and home-made firearms by no matter means obligatory.
While USA Today is right that Harris has by no means explicitly maintained that she would signal an govt order to “send police” to interrupt down your door, she is the primary particular person to be on a significant presidential ticket in American historical past who brazenly supports gun confiscation. Whether she promised to implement these plans by laws or by way of govt order can be, at greatest, opaque, regardless of factcheckers’ efforts to say in any other case.
For one factor, USA Today insinuates that Harris, answering a query at an AFSCME discussion board in Las Vegas, denied she supported gun confiscation. I’m sorry, however her answer to the Washington Examiner’s Kerry Picket — “I’m actually prepared to take executive action to put in place rules that improve this situation” — isn’t by any normal a denial. In responding to the query, Harris not solely did not deny that she supported the confiscation of semi-automatic rifles, she additionally didn’t deny that she supported unilaterally making a nationwide database of gun house owners. Somehow, although, USA Today and the Associated Press missed the quite a few events on which Harris promoted her gun confiscation place. The latter, in truth, claimed that Harris merely backed a “renewal of the assault weapons ban,” which is factually inaccurate. The assault-weapons ban of 1994 solely utilized to weapons manufactured after the date of the legislation’s enactment. Harris supports retroactively making weapons unlawful — after which taking them by a compulsory buyback program.
The California senator mentioned so unambiguously on Jimmy Fallon’s show in September 2019. She did so once more the subsequent month at an anti–Second Amendment occasion hosted by March for Our Lives, what place she said, “We have to have a buyback program and I support a mandatory gun buyback program. It’s got to be smart. We’ve got to do it the right way but there are five million [assault weapons] at least, some estimate as many as 10 million, and we’re going to have to have smart public policy that’s about taking those off the streets but doing it the right way.”
That occasion, it ought to be famous, was billed as a coverage a discussion board on “gun safety” — the identical euphemism Harris used within the main debate what place she warned that she would circumvent the legislative department on gun coverage:
Upon being elected, I’ll give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act collectively and have the bravery to move cheap gun security legal guidelines. And in the event that they fail to do it, then I’ll take govt motion.
– David Harsanyi in Of Course Kamala Harris Supports Gun Confiscation