To be honest, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was never going to pick a Second Amendment supporter to be his running mate.
And we knew that he would never even pick a ‘moderate Democrat’ who recognizes that the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to keep and bear at least some arms (that’s not what ‘shall not be infringed’ means, but…).
However, it’s beyond disappointing to have watched him pick one of the most virulent anti-gunners in the U.S. Senate and someone who literally would send armed federal agents and other law enforcement to our homes to confiscate our guns if given the chance: Kamala Harris.
She said so, in fact.
A year ago following the mass shooting in El Paso, and as she was still among the crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders, she revealed some of her gun control policies to the Washington Examiner.
Asked if they included databases for legal gun owners (there shouldn’t even be any such thing as an ‘illegal gun owner’) and gun confiscation by law enforcement of firearms possessed by people who have been banned from owning guns, she responded, “I’m actually prepared to take executive action to put in place rules that improve this situation.”
That was a thinly veiled threat to do by executive order what will never make it through Congress, at least as Congress is currently made up.
“I also have as part of my background and experience working on this issue, when I was attorney general [of California], and we put resources into allowing law enforcement to actually knock on the doors of people who were on two lists — a list where they had been found by a court to be a danger to themselves and others,” Harris noted further. (Related: “NFAC” militia leader Grand Master Jay shows his pitiful knowledge of firearms.)
“They were on a list where they were precluded and prohibited from owning a gun because of a conviction that prohibited that ownership. Those lists were combined and then we sent law enforcement out to take those guns, because, listen, we have to deal with this on all levels, but we have to do this with a sense of urgency,” she added.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act passed the House in February—but it hasn’t even received a hearing in the Senate.
It’s past time to take action. To Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans, I say: have some courage. Let’s vote.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) August 5, 2019
We need to institute universal background checks.
We need to ban military-style assault weapons.
We need to ban high-capacity magazines.
This is a national emergency. We need to act.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) August 5, 2019
Bearing Arms noted in a report earlier this month that Harris has claimed she supports the Second Amendment, though “her record proves otherwise.”
As District Attorney in San Francisco, Kamala Harris signed on to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in the Heller case, arguing that “for nearly 70 years courts have consistently sustained criminal firearms laws against Second Amendment challenges by holding that, inter alia, (i) the Second Amendment provides only a militia-related right to bear arms, (ii) the Second Amendment does not apply to legislation passed by state or local governments, and (iii) the restrictions bear a reasonable relationship to protecting public safety and thus do not violate a personal constitutional right.”
The brief, written by Adrian Fenty (at the time the Attorney General for Washington, D.C.) urged the Supreme Court to uphold the District’s ban on handgun ownership, as well as a firearms storage law requiring guns to be kept locked up or disassembled with ammunition stored separately. To do otherwise, claimed Fenty, Harris, and several other prosecutors, would create “a broad private right to possess any firearm that is a ‘lineal descendant’ of a founding era weapon and that is in ‘common use’ with a ‘military application’ today.”
‘Create a right?’ The Second Amendment doesn’t even ‘create a right,’ it simply recognizes the essential human right of self-defense using a tool — a gun — in order to do so.
And let’s be clear about something else: The amendment’s “shall not be infringed” clause is among the most ignored passages in the U.S. Constitution. It’s ignored by members of Congress, federal and state judges, city councils, Left-wing anti-gun groups, and Americans who don’t think anyone should have a gun.
The clause is simple, straightforward, and unambiguous. It doesn’t say ‘shall not be infringed unless…’
That means if a felon wants to buy a guy when he or she gets out of prison, they should be permitted to do so (and let’s face it — a ‘hardened criminal’ is going to get one when they get out of prison anyway). It means if a machine gun is classified as a firearm, anyone should be able to own one. Ditto for ‘sawed-off’ shotguns and anything else that qualifies as ‘a gun.’
So no law restricting or otherwise impeding access to a firearm is constitutional, period.
And yet, Harris argued to the Supreme Court that Americans had no right to possess a firearm that is in common use, “turning a right of the people into a privilege to be exercised by a chosen few,” Bearing Arms noted.
And while her side lost that argument in the 2008 Heller case, she’s been an anti-gunner ever since.
That’s a huge reason why we can’t have her in the White House.