By: Teresa Mull
Kamala Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, gun owner, and outspoken supporter of gun control, just laid bare her extreme plan for gun control if she is elected president.
Harris said during a townhall meeting hosted by CNN yesterday:
“Upon being elected I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action. And specifically what I will do is put in place a requirement that for anyone who sells more than five guns a year, they are required to do background checks when they sell those guns. I will require that for any gun dealer that breaks the law the ATF take their license.”
Harris, GPM reported last week, has supported a ban on “assault weapons” and favors universal background checks. But she also acknowledges the value of firearms, having told reporters last week:
"I’m a gun owner. I own a gun for probably the same reason a lot of people do, for personal safety. I'm a former prosecutor.
“In terms of gun policy though, I think that for too long, and still today, we are being offered a false choice, which suggests you’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away. It's a false choice.
"I believe it's a false choice born out of a lack of courage from leaders who must recognize and agree that there are some practical solutions to what is a clear problem in our country. And part of the practical solution is to agree that we need smart gun safety laws, which include universal background checks, which include the renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban. Period."
Background Checks Don’t Work
Overwhelming evidence shows “common sense” gun control, the label by which background checks and the like are often marketed, is ineffective, unconstitutional, and dangerous. We also know that the measures Harris and other progressives propose are not about increasing public safety, but are about increasing their own power.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.