According to the Pew Research Center, three out of every 10 adults in the United States say they own a gun. 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, California, is one of them. While millions of Americans would believe the Senator is simply exercising her Second Amendment right to bear arms, one USA Today contributor feels Harris’ decision to own a gun should disqualify her from getting the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a controversial article, Peter Funt likens the Senator’s position on firearms to that of the National Rifle Association. Funt alleges Harris is keeping alive the idea that a “good guy with a gun” is the best method to stop armed and violent criminals in their tracks according to TheBlaze. The progressive contributor began his article by saying, “When it comes to gun ownership in America, presidential aspirant Kamala Harris has shot herself in the foot.”
Funt went on to state, “At a time when Democrats are toughening their positions on gun control and seeking to make it a core issue in the 2020 campaign, the California senator has conceded that her personal relationship with guns is unique among the major Democratic presidential contenders. She owns a handgun, a campaign aide told CNN.”
Continuing with his piece, Funt said, “This under-publicized revelation (that Harris owns a gun) comes as Harris is getting a lot of ink for being tough about guns. Her words are fine, but for a progressive like me, they are undermined by that handgun. And I can’t be the only one who is disturbed. Keeping a handgun for personal safety is a bedrock conservative view.”
Harris informed voters in Iowa that she has a handgun for her personal safety. The Senator revealed that she began owning a firearm when she was a prosecutor who sometimes dealt with dangerous criminals. A spokesperson for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee said the gun stays locked away now. According to the Pew Research Center, Harris isn’t alone. The non-partisan American fact tank reported that 67 percent of gun owners said protection is a major reason why they own a firearm. However, in his piece, Funt argued that personal safety isn’t a valid justification to exercise one’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The progressive contributor remarked, “But Kamala Harris doesn’t seem to have the courage to concede that owning a handgun for protection is a bad idea. Instead, she has given voters a real choice: Back candidates who care enough about gun control to not own handguns, or support the only major Democratic contender who has one and won’t throw it away.”
Although she owns a gun, Harris has taken a hard stance on firearms thus far in her 2020 presidential campaign. Recently, during a CNN town hall, the Senator vowed to take aggressive action to carry out gun control if she wins the White House. Harris promised to take executive action to accomplish her objectives of an assault weapons ban and universal background checks if Congress fails to pass gun control legislation during her first 100 days in office. According to Fox News, Harris “would unilaterally mandate background checks for customers purchasing a firearm from any dealer who sells more than five guns a year.”
Dealers who break the law would have their licenses taken away. Harris’ additional executive action “would prohibit fugitives from purchasing a firearm or weapon, as well as close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase a firearm if their victim is an unwedded partner.”
On a recent airing of “Fox & Friends,” Fox News’ Katie Pavlich blasted Harris’ proposed gun control initiatives. Pavlich stated, “As we’ve seen in the past with Democrats and a number of other Democrats on the campaign trail now, when they say ‘common sense’ or ‘reasonable gun safety laws,’ they’re actually talking about gun bans.”
The conservative commentator went on to say, “gun confiscation, gun control by executive fiat, taking away the Second Amendment rights of Americans through tyrannical executive orders without any kind of due process. That doesn’t play well in places like Ohio and Michigan, even Wisconsin.”
Regarding guns, Harris is in quite a conundrum. Because she owns one, some progressives like Funt aren’t going to want to have anything to do with her. With her hardline stance on gun control, she risks alienating moderates and gun owners in the Democratic Party.
~ Conservative Zone