Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris to run as his vice presidential candidate proves one thing as it related to guns: There’s now someone even more anti-gun than Biden on the Democrat ticket. A former California attorney general, Harris profoundly hates guns and gun owners. In fact, during her failed presidential candidacy she published a list of executive orders she’d sign to restrict gun rights.
Kamala Harris on Guns
Often in the past, political views of vice presidential candidates weren’t all that important. After all, they typically only step in if something happens to the president, making them incapable of fulfilling presidential duties.
However, Biden’s rumored health presents real questions as to whether he remains fit to handle the presidential duties. His mental state makes his choice in running mate more important than ever. After all, Biden’s rumored cognitive decline makes one fear the vice president could assume the seat sooner rather than later.
What gun owners would get in Harris as president reads like a wish list for gun-ban groups like Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. In fact, Harris’ anti-gun activism goes back decades to her seven-year stint as San Francisco’s district attorney. And while she talks a good game about “supporting” the Second Amendment for hunting, the list of anti-gun schemes she advocates is a long one indeed. Here are a few:
Mandatory “Assault Weapons” Buy-Back
Harris’s disdain for semi-automatic rifles, so-called “assault weapons,” goes far beyond many of those within the gun prohibition movement. In fact, during her presidential run she actually advocated for a forced “buy-back” of such firearms. It’s a nonsensical term since the government can’t “buy back” something it never owned. What she was really talking about was confiscation.
Harris doesn’t see any benefit to the ownership of semi-auto rifles, owned and safely used by millions of law-abiding Americans for sport, hunting, competition and self-defense. She once stated, “You can be in favor of the Second Amendment and also understand that there is no reason in a civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers.”
But criminals only use rifles of any kind in less than 5 percent of murders each year. Semi-auto rifles used in murders are just a subset of that very small percentage.
“Universal” Background Checks
Harris also wants everyone who buys a gun to undergo a background check, regardless of who it is purchased from. While such checks are popular to talk about among gun-ban advocates, they, too, are nonsensical.
In reality, such laws only affect law-abiding citizens and their ability to purchase firearms. Criminals don’t obey such laws. It doesn’t matter what passes. They don’t obey because they are criminals.
Confiscation Without Due Process
So-called “red-flag” laws like those pushed by Harris are extremely problematic when looked at in light of several parts of the Bill of Rights. Nearly all trample the constitutional principle of due process. They allow guns to be confiscated from individuals on the recommendation of accusers; sometimes that can happen without the person subject to the order even being aware until they hear a knock at the door.
Many people tout such laws as targeting violent exes and family members who might be contemplating suicide. However, Harris seems to see it as a way to disarm people she doesn’t agree with politically. In fact, she proposed taking guns through such an order from what she considers white, right-wing terror groups—mostly conservatives who haven’t committed a crime nor even threatened to commit a crime.
“We need to take action to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and stop violent, hate-fueled attacks before they happen,” she said last August. “By focusing on confronting these domestic terror threats, we can save lives.”
Targeting Lawful Gunmakers and Dealers
Harris had another bold promises if elected president. She wanted to do away with the longstanding Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). In fact, she promised executive action if Congress didn’t do it within 100 days of her taking office.
In truth, The PLCAA protects the firearms industry against a highly orchestrated and coordinated series of lawsuits sought to either bankrupt the industry or force it to “voluntarily” adopt the sorts of measures gun control activists had unsuccessfully sought to impose by legislation. At the core of these suits rests the fallacy that gun manufacturers somehow hold responsibility when violent criminals use safe, lawfully manufactured firearms to commit heinous acts.
Harris’s total lack of understanding of current federal gun laws might be even more disturbing than her proposals; she doesn’t seem to know that violent felons are already prohibited from legally purchasing firearms.
“It’s just pretty simple, reasonable stuff,” she said during her presidential campaign. “If somebody has been convicted of a felony that proves them to be a dangerous person, they should not be able to own a gun. If somebody has been found by a court to be mentally ill to the point that they are a danger to themselves or other people they should not be able to own or possess a gun.”
Harris Will Prove Biden’s Equal on Guns
Of course, federal law already disqualifies those convicted of a felony or even misdemeanor assault from purchasing or owning a firearm. The same remains true for those found by a court to be mentally ill to the point of endangering themselves and others.
Harris’ statements about the executive actions she’d take on guns proves one thing—as president, she would pretty much be a dictator as far as gun rights are concerned.
During one debate, she chided her now-boss, Biden, for not pushing hard enough against the Second Amendment. “The idea that we would wait for this Congress, which has just done nothing, to act, is just—it is overlooking the fact that every day in America, our babies are going to school to have drills, elementary, middle and high school students, where they are learning about how they have to hide in a closet or crouch in a corner if there is a mass shooter roaming the hallways of their school,” she told Biden.
“Let’s be constitutional,” Biden answered her. “We’ve got a constitution.” For her part, Harris didn’t seem to hear him.
Biden is right about one thing, though: At this point we still do have a constitution. How long parts of it, like the Second Amendment, will remain intact is up to voters. Voters stand as the last line of defense to keep Harris out of the Oval Office where she could single-handedly force gun bans and confiscation through executive action.