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    Default Kamala Harris- On Becoming Queen - Will Ban Assault Weapons If Congress Won't



    Like many Americans, the 2020 presidential candidate is tired of waiting.


    On Wednesday, California senator [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] promised that as president, she would ban imports of AR-15-style assault weapons within her first 100 days in office. And if Congress won't pass such a law during that period, she says, she'll take executive action to fulfill her promise.

    Harris would use existing federal law to ban AR-15-style firearms–the weapon of choice in gun attacks in Aurora, Sandy Hook, Newtown, Sutherland Springs, and Parkland, among many others–as not "suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." Under [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], the attorney general can approve import applications only for firearms that pass the so-called "sporting purposes" test. In the past, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has used this standard to ban, for example, shotguns equipped with bayonets and rifles mounted with grenade launchers–neither of which seem particularly appropriate to the task of, say, hunting deer.

    The assault weapons ban is the latest piece of Harris's 2020 gun-safety agenda, which was already among the most comprehensive from the lineup of Democratic hopefuls. Last month, Harris [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to respond to legislative inaction by using her executive authority to implement near-universal background checks; crack down on gun manufacturers and dealers who repeatedly violate federal law; and close the "boyfriend loophole" in gun sales, which prohibits those convicted of abusing their spouse from obtaining a gun but does not cover those convicted of abusing a dating partner.

    Although 57 percent of Americans now [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] banning semiautomatic weapons, in Washington, pro-gun politicians and the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] have long conspired to ensure that meaningful reform efforts come nowhere near the Oval Office. The unpleasant reality that Harris's proposal tacitly acknowledges is that if Democrats retain the House and she wins the presidency in 2020, the more ambitious elements of the party's legislative agenda will go nowhere without a Democratic Senate, too.

    Frankly, that might not be enough, either. Thanks to the filibuster rule, which requires the support of three-fifths–not a simple majority–of the Senate in order for a bill to move forward, the upper chamber has historically been unkind to gun-safety legislation on a bipartisan basis. In 2012, just four months after 20 first-graders were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, 60 senators, including 15 Democrats, voted down a bill that would have prevented the killer from acquiring the gun he used. Even a more modest [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that would have expanded background checks failed to earn a filibuster-proof majority.

    The Senate's structure, which systematically [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] the interests of sparely-populated conservative states over larger blue ones, is only going to make it harder for progressive legislation to survive it, both in 2020 and beyond. Should Donald Trump lose the White House, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has already [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to serve as the "grim reaper" for ideas like Medicare for All or a Green New Deal. It is a safe bet that McConnell would relish playing spoiler with respect to an assault weapons ban, too.

    Any Democratic president, says Peter Ambler, executive director of the gun safety nonprofit Giffords, is likely to take some sort of executive action on guns while in office. But by making explicit her intent to ban assault weapons–something which, for example, President Obama didn't do, even after the 2013 legislation failed–Harris offers a preemptive ultimatum to lawmakers of both parties, forcing them to either do what voters hired them to do or else get out of the way. This approach, says Ambler, is equal parts good policy and good politics. "I think Americans want to see a president who's going to be bold and aggressive," Ambler told me. "The same old approach just won't do."

    Harris's announcement reflects a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in the role of guns in electoral politics: Although the gun lobby is working as diligently as ever to make firearms a lucrative business, voters are gravitating towards candidates who are willing to stand up to the National Rifle Association and its ilk. During the 2018 midterms, gun safety groups actually managed to outspend the NRA, which [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] less than $10 million combined on House and Senate racesnot even half its 2016 budget.

    "We've seen this go from third rail to kitchen-table issue," Ambler says. "Just checking the boxes on a smaller set of gun policy priorities isn't good enough." By making gun restrictions a centerpiece of the Democratic primary, Harris increases the odds that if the party's nominee–whether her or someone else–indeed takes the White House, they'll do so with a clear mandate to do something about gun violence in America after years of inaction.


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    The woman is a fool. She's an evil fool, but a fool nonetheless.
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    She's no fool; the folks who voted her into the Senate are......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitasc Shooter View Post
    She's no fool; the folks who voted her into the Senate are......
    They all are......

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    She acts like a fool. Her statements reveal just how absurd and often times how stupid she can be. And she just keeps acting out for her contemporaries. She's channeling O'Bama and his "phone & pen" gimmick. And she shows attitude similar to Hillary in suggesting she will reign with authority, like a crowned royal, a Queen of America. Screw Congress! Screw the peasants!

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    Well, why not? Barry and Michele acted like royalty and got away with it.
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    One guy commits a crime with an AR-15 and 90 million people are punished for it.

    But one guy drinks and drives and cars aren't banned.

    Any time the gov't prohibits something, it only creates wealth for criminals.

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    "On Wednesday, California senator [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] promised that as president, she would ban imports of AR-15-style assault weapons within her first 100 days in office."

    How many AR 15's are imported?
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    We've been telling you she is a stoopid fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wag View Post
    One guy commits a crime with an AR-15 and 90 million people are punished for it.

    But one guy drinks and drives and cars aren't banned.

    Any time the gov't prohibits something, it only creates wealth for criminals.

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    And if one Islamic terrorist blow himself up killing a bunch of people, the fake media will say "The action of one individual does not reflects the attitude of the majority of the Islamic people"

    But if a mental case, like Cruz, kill 17 with a AR15, the fake media immediately accused all 5 million plus members of the NRA of being "criminals" who deserve to be incarcerated for the sin of owning a weapon.
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