Harris Calls On Congress To Pass Gun Control

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If there’s one person who probably wants to take away your gun rights more than President Joe Biden, it’s Vice President Kamala Harris. Gun control was a major point for both of their campaigns during the primary. While they downplayed it during the general election, it was always there. They just didn’t make a big thing of it until after the general election.

While Biden is trying to do what he can, the fact remains that Harris wants to see gun control pass.

Now, she’s demanding it.

Vice President Kamala Harris is urging lawmakers to pass what she says are “reasonable gun safety laws.”

During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that aired on Sunday, Harris was asked why President Joe Biden is not focusing more on the issue of gun violence after it was reported that there were at least 45 mass shootings in March 2021.

She responded by noting that last month Biden took six executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. She said, “There is only so much, however, that a president can do through executive action. This president, Joe Biden, has a long-standing history of speaking very clearly and unambiguously about the need for smart gun safety laws.”

“Congress has to act because we have to codify… make permanent, make the law. That we agree we should have background checks, that’s just reasonable safety laws. We should have an assault weapons ban. Assault weapons have been designed to kill a lot of people quickly. They are weapons of war,” she added.

When asked if she believed Congress would take action on gun control legislation, Harris responded, “It has to happen.”

Nah, it really doesn’t.

You see, we have background checks. The vast majority of firearm sales go through a background check process already. The media and anti-gun politicians like to pretend they don’t, but that’s simply not the case. Further, it’s already illegal to sell a gun to anyone you have reason to believe may not be eligible to have a firearm.

And yet, criminals keep getting guns. How?

Well, probably because black market gun dealers don’t conduct them. These are illegal transactions at every level, and they’re not going to start carrying out background checks, either. It’s not how they conduct business and it never will be.

All universal background checks will do is make it more difficult to gift firearms lawfully, make it impossible to loan someone a firearm, and heaven forbid you try to pass a gun down to your family after you die.

As for an assault weapon ban, sorry, but that’s simply not going to happen.

First, they’re not “weapons of war.” The AR-15 has profound functional differences from the M-4 used by the military, namely the select-fire feature not being included in the AR-15. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle that is functionally no different than many hunting weapons, so why is it the evil one?

Frankly, we’re not giving up our AR-15s. We’re not giving up our right to keep buying AR-15s, either, so a grandfather clause doesn’t fill us with happy thoughts.

What Harris and Biden have failed to address is that violence is violence, whether it’s carried out with a knife or a gun. Knives kill more people every year than AR-15s, so why are we banning AR-15s? Because they’re scary-looking. They make for great headlines because they intimidate people, but they’re not the boogieman. They’re rifles that a lot of us enjoy shooting that also happen to be useful if we need to defend this great land, be it from enemies foreign or domestic.

Harris can make her demands if she wants, but one of many great things about this nation is that members of Congress not only can tell the vice president to go take a flying leap, they’re constitutionally obligated to do so.

God bless America.