Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, said Monday that, if she gets to the White House, she will force citizens to sell their assault weapons to the government.
Speaking on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” she said that if she could not get legislation passed by Congress, she would be “prepared to take executive action.”
“When elected president, if the United States Congress continues to fail to have the courage to do something about this, I’m prepared to take executive action and put in place a ban on the importation of assault weapons into our country,” the senator said.
Candidate Beto O’Rourke also said he had the same goal during the last Democratic.
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” O’Rourke said in the debate video broadcast by Bloomberg.
The issue of arms control has occupied a central role in the Democratic political debate despite strong opposition from a large part of U.S. society.
However, there are many who argue that gun control will not solve the problem of violence.
Democrat politics killed my daughter, not guns
The father of one of the victims of the terrible shooting at a school in Parkland that left 17 dead, Andrew Pollack, said in his book that the policies implemented by the Democrats have created the situations that allow these mass shootings to take place.
“Democrats put these policies in place that don’t believe in holding kids accountable or arresting them while they’re juveniles…so if they don’t arrest them and they don’t get a background, then they’re able to purchase weapons legally and a background check is useless,” Pollack told host Tomi Lahren at Fox Nation “No Interruption.”
Banning guns will not solve the problem. “They’re not addressing mental health…or arresting these people when they make threats…those are the real issues,” he explained.
The man asserts that this problem is also not addressed or discussed by the media.
“I found out that there was a multitude of failures and policies that lead up to my daughter getting murdered, that the mainstream media didn’t want to cover,” Pollack said.
Does gun control work to reduce violence? The answer seems to be ‘no’
Harris has repeatedly said that Congress has not acted to stop the violence, so she would use an executive order to implement the mandatory buyback.
In practice, however, gun control has not proven effective in reducing violence as Democratic leaders claim.
In fact, the state of Colorado experienced a 25% increase in violence after six years of implementing gun control laws, according to data from a 2018 Colorado Bureau of Investigation report.
In 2017, 23,098 violent crimes were reported, a 25 percent increase from 2013, according to the report. There were 220 murders and 12,711 aggravated assaults, according to the Denver Post.
The five-million-member National Rifle Association (NRA) is collecting signatures to support many U.S. citizens who say they will not allow their Second Amendment rights to be violated.
“As soon as NRA members across America heard Beto’s lies, they did what they do best and fought back. One Texan from the Houston area declared, ‘there is no way my family and I, nor our friends, are going to give up our firearms!'” explains the online petition page.