California Senator and freshly declared 2020 Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris called for a new “assault weapons” ban in a town hall event hosted by CNN today in Des Moines, Iowa with Jake Tapper.
Kamala contradictorily stated that one can “be for the Second Amendment” while claiming that “there was no reason in a civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers.”
Any firearm can be used for malicious purposes such as killing babies or police officers, making Harris’ argument for gun control applicable to any firearm in civilian circulation in the United States.
Contrary to assertions from gun control supporters, “assault weapon” is a term that is purely a creation of political forces. It first entered wide circulation as a result of President Bill Clinton’s Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. The term is distinct from the legitimate category of firearms known as “assault rifles,” a term used by gunsmiths, militaries worldwide, and others, to describe commonly owned firearms such as AR-15- pattern rifles.
Despite Harris singling out very commonly owned firearms as worth banning, guns such as AR-15 style-rifles are rarely used in violent crime generally. Research into their use in America suggests that assault rifles are used in less than 7% of violent crimes, with many estimates suggesting a figure of approximately 2%.
In the town hall, Harris also went on to call for an amnesty that would include not only recipients of DACA, but also their “parents,” possibly suggesting she would seek to grant amnesty to the broader population of more than 12 million people living in the United States illegally if elected President.
Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?
Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.
The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.
Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.
However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.
“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”
West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.
However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.
Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.
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