Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) isn’t someone any of us will mistake for as a gun rights proponent. The extremely progressive California politician has made her liberal bona fides apparent for anyone who cares to look. More than that, now that Sen. Harris has announced her intention to run for president, she’s going to make them even more apparent.
Part of that is a discussion of gun control, but she seems to think that emotion should sway the debate. When it doesn’t, she has other ideas [empahsis mine]:
Harris shamed Congress for not introducing a bill following a 2011 assassination attempt on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was shot in the head and 6 innocent bystanders were fatally shot.Harris slammed Giffords colleagues, saying, “The people who work with her every day, who know her — you know, we have colleagues. We know them. We know their children. We break bread. We share holiday moments with them. The people who knew her didn’t act.”
Senator Harris became even more impassioned while discussing the inaction by congress following the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting that took the lives of 20 children between the ages 6 and 7. She said, “I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room, no press, nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies.” She added, “And then you vote your conscience.”Senator Harris’s response resonated with many viewers, with one person tweeting “Truly blown away by the answer that Kamala Harris just gave on gun violence.”
Yeah, it blows me away too, but for a completely different reason.
Senator Harris is explicitly saying that if you disagree with her, you should be forced to sit and look at autopsy photos of small children until you do. Really? Does she really want to try that? Because I know what the counter will be. “Sure. Let’s do that with abortion.”
I don’t think she’d enjoy that very much, now would she?
Here’s the problem. Harris is arguing that her opponents should be punished for not capitulating with the desires of her party. If the Democrats think something is the answer and Republicans disagree, she’s already shown she’s willing to somehow make them do something until they capitulate.
In other words, her answer to disagreement is to use force.
I’m curious where else she would try and use force to make people change their minds. I seem to remember a concept where people would be herded and shown things until their thinking changed. It wasn’t education, per se, but a kind of…well…reeducation, I suppose. Reeducation camps, yeah, that’s it.
Is Sen. Harris trying to justify herding her opponents into reeducation camps until they grasp the supposed Utopian glory of gun control?
I’d like to believe that Sen. Harris’s stomach would turn at the suggestion of such a thing on American soil, but just how far of a leap is it from making lawmakers look at a stimulus to try and change their minds to doing something very similar to ordinary Americans?
To Sen. Kamala Harris, please understand that’s a terrifying concept. You need to back the hell off from that line of argument and retract that line of thinking immediately. You need to be very clear about how you wish to do no such thing to Americans, be they members of Congress or anyone else.
No one should be forced to do anything because they disagree with Democrats on it.
As it stands, people like you are why people like me have guns and won’t be giving them up any time soon. After all, I’m pretty sure that if people were to get herded into camps, I’d be among the first to be rounded up, but I’ll tell you one thing.
I ain’t going.