Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced her plan to address mass shootings in the United States and seemed to claim that she would sidestep Congress to limit access to guns, triggering an avalanche of criticisms.
During her CNN town hall, Harris explained that she would give Congress 100 days to enact gun control policies before she took the reigns and implemented her own executive orders to restrict the Second Amendment.
Sen. Kamala Harris says if she is elected President, she will give Congress 100 days "to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action" https://t.co/KFdn5Viqm1 #HarrisTownHall pic.twitter.com/Ds8DxObhAY
— CNN (@CNN) April 23, 2019
“We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country starting with universal background checkes and a renewal of the assault weapon ban. But [Congress has] failed to have the courage to act, so, Ben, here’s my response to you. Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”
Harris explained that she would write executive orders requiring background checks requirements for all gun transactions so long as the seller makes more than five transactions per year and revoke the gun sales license from anyone found in violation.
Several people found her promise to sidestep Congress on the Second Amendment to be a huge problem. Many took to Twitter to call out the senator for her proposal.
This is not how the Constitution works. https://t.co/UYLrYAdPQG
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 23, 2019
Ahh yes, derived from the "Hey let's try monarchy" clause of Article II of the Constitution. https://t.co/6AjZgitYOz
— Jay Cost (@JayCostTWS) April 23, 2019
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) April 23, 2019
this sort of progressive authoritarianism is all over Harris' platform so far. She also said last night she'd give Congress a 100-day ultimatum on passing gun-regs she wants or else get them via executive order https://t.co/63Zkxutz8p … https://t.co/C9VflOfDur
— Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@ENBrown) April 23, 2019
One commentator even noticed that Harris seemed to be more open to allowing the Boston bomber to vote than she was to allow gun owners to maintain their rights. As IJR reported earlier, both Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supported the rights of felons to vote while in prison, including the terrorist who attacked the Boston marathon.
Kamala Harris has talked tougher about America’s legal gun owners than the Boston Marathon bomber. https://t.co/knxTJQoeuY
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) April 23, 2019
Harris isn’t alone in her anti-Second Amendment policy proposals. As IJR previously reported, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) has centered his presidential bid on gun control, proposing a full ban on semi-automatic “military style” weapons. He claimed gun owners would go to jail if they didn’t follow the mandatory gun buy-back he would implement as president.