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Kamala Announces Plans to Use Executive Action to Grab Your Gun

United States Senator Kamala Harris questions officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security during the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on April 9, 2019. (Stefani Reynolds/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

At a CNN town hall, presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) described her plans for your Second Amendment rights.

While they may not be as extreme as her presidential opponent Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who would use the United States’ nuclear arsenal to get your guns, Harris has big executive order plans. No need for the legislative process.

Ms. Harris said that, if elected, she would sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year. The executive actions would also include more strident regulation of gun manufacturers that could result in revoked licenses or prosecution, as well as an attempt to close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase guns if their victim is an unwedded partner.

Felons cannot legally purchase a gun, so I’m not sure what she’s talking about with that last item. Harris wants to change the definition of a firearms dealer from someone with a primary business selling firearms to someone who sells five or more guns a year. She wants those gun buyers to get a background check, which is optional wherever background checks aren’t mandatory.

“There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders,” Harris warbled, “who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which suggests you’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away.”

“We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country, starting with universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapon ban,” she added, “but they have failed to have the courage to act.”

The leaders she is referring to are elected representatives with constituencies that want their Second Amendment rights acknowledged. It has nothing to do with courage and everything to do with getting re-elected to office. And of course, there is that Constitution thing.

California, where Harris was the attorney general and is currently a sitting senator, has the strictest gun laws in the country. The California gun homicide rate has gone up over the years, despite the increasing number of restriction on firearms purchases. Does she think her extra-congressional gun grab will help the crime rate? The last “assault weapons” ban did not work.

The point of this isn’t about gun violence, this is about control. Best of luck to you, Kamala.