If the Republicans don’t get with her gun-control program and they “continue to cower” to the National Rifle Association, Democratic presidential contender Kamala Harris says she’ll “take executive action” and do by fiat what Congress won’t do.
How she will deal with the Second Amendment to the Constitution is unknown, but what is known is this: President Harris and her anti-gun Gestapo will take aim at gun rights by greatly restricting gun sales and other drastic measures.
Harris didn’t go as far as fellow contender Eric Swalwell, the left-coast Democrat who would jail Americans who refuse to sell their guns to the government after he bans the guns he doesn’t like.
But the threat to act outside the Constitution might require her to act similarly, and house-to-house raids to seize banned firearms don’t sound too far-fetched.
100 Days or Else
Speaking at her CNN town hall on Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire, one of five the anti-Trump network held back-to-back, Harris promised to wage war on guns the minute she swears an oath to defend the Constitution, which forbids Congress from enacting measures that trespass the Second Amendment.
“Upon being elected,” Harris huffed, “I will give the United States Congress a hundred days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. If they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”
On Tuesday, Harris released a plan that accuses the GOP of “cowering” to the NRA.
Falsely claiming that “nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in America,” which anthropomorphizes firearms to make them, not criminals who use them, the problem, Harris claimed that “gun violence is a national epidemic and a public health emergency.”
Thus, the plan says, “we’re not waiting for a good idea — we have good ideas. We’re not waiting for another tragedy — we have seen the worst human tragedies we can imagine. What’s missing is Republicans in Washington having the courage to stand up to the NRA.”
So, the plan warns, Congress has 100 days to deliver “comprehensive gun safety legislation ... including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and the repeal of the NRA’s corporate gun manufacturer and dealer immunity bill.”
If Congress fails, “She will take executive action to keep our kids and communities safe.”
A top priority is background checks. Harris would “mandate near-universal background checks by requiring anyone who sells five or more guns per year to run a background check on all gun sales.”
Twenty percent of guns sales don’t get such a check, the plan says, and so “millions of guns are sold each year with no questions asked in the 30 states without universal background checks. This is how dangerous people buy guns: about 80% of all firearms acquired for criminal purposes are bought through unlicensed sellers.”
“Dangerous people” are most likely buying guns from other “dangerous people,” so her background check would be useless, but nonetheless, if Congress doesn’t jump on the matter with 100 days, “Harris will consider any person or business that sells five or more guns for profit in a calendar year a ‘dealer’ of firearms, and require they conduct background checks on all gun sales.”
Target: Gun Makers
Harris will also “revoke the licenses of gun manufacturers and dealers that break the law and take the most egregious offenders to court — regardless of whether they’re protected by the Protection of [Lawful] Commerce in Arms Act.” That law protects gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits for crimes committed with their firearms.
The plan says the PLCCA wrongly protects “gun makers and dealers that break federal, state, or local laws” by “violating negligence laws by selling a gun to a straw purchaser, violating public nuisance laws by supplying dealers that consistently sell guns used in crimes, or violating unfair business practices statutes by marketing assault weapons to children in video games.”
The Harris plan doesn’t cite a single gun manufacturer that is “breaking the law,” but again, if Congress fails to act, in this case by repealing PLCCA, a move that would enable ambulance-chasing lawyers to sue gun makers and wreck them financially, “Harris will act herself,” apparently declare the law null and void, then prosecute whomever she wishes.
Harris also plans to expand the category of domestic abusers forbidden from buying weapons to include boyfriends or “dating partners.”
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