Vice President Kamala Harris has never been a fan of the right to keep and bear arms. We’ve long known this and no one will be surprised to hear this.
Yet as vice president, she hasn’t been all that outspoken about guns, all things considered. Why would she need to be? Her boss is making plenty of anti-gun waves as it is.
Harris isn’t going to stay out of the debate, though. She’s ready to push the anti-gun agenda as well.
Kamala Harris Takes Aim at NRA and Guns: The National Rifle Association’s convention in Indianapolis was in Vice President Kamala Harris’ crosshairs during a speech before the non-profit civil-rights group the National Action Network back in April.
The speech, at the time, could be seen as a start to the 2024 campaign season on the Democratic side.
It was clear and focused, and filled the vice presidential attack dog role.
Kamala Harris ridiculed the convention slogan about freedom asking “freedom for who?”? She noted that it was not freedom for gun-violence victims or their families.
“This is not for the parents who pray their children will come home from school safe,” Harris said.
Whether Harris can stay on message remains to be seen, but she appears to have found a message that Democrats think can be effective.
Yes, this isn’t exactly breaking news. I get it.
But the point is that it’s clear that gun control is going to be a big issue in 2024 and both Biden and Harris are doing battlespace prep for that fight.
What’s more, it seems that Harris is ready to make this a racial issue, but only by telling one side of the story.
“Gun violence is now the number one cause of death of children in our nation,” she said. “And while all this violence impacts all communities in devastating ways, we know it does not do so equally. Black people are only 13% of America’s population but more than 60% of homicide victims from gun violence.”
FBI statistics also show that the number of black offenders in homicides is significantly higher. In 2019, the last year for which national statistics are available shows that 55.9% offenders in gun crimes were black compared with 41.1% who were white.
Honestly, this isn’t surprising.
The White House isn’t interested in having a discussion. They’re not interested in a debate. When Harris said this, it made it clear that they want to paint this as a racial issue and that if you’re not for gun control it’s because you want black people to die.
But the problem is that it’s black people doing damn near just as much of the killing.
What’s more, though, they’re disproportionately represented among those convicted of firearm possession crimes. If we’re going to play that game, how is gun control not racist?
This is what we’re in for in 2024, folks, so buckle up.
And it’s what we need the various gun rights organizations combatting as we go forward. We need the spokespeople out in front on this one.
Unfortunately, far too many of them have been silent. That’s not a heartwarming fact if you ask me.
The upside, however, is that while they think this is an issue they can win on, this is also the administration that thinks the economy is doing great and seems to want to tout that as a winning issue, too, so there might not be too much to worry about.