It’s a first. Democratic presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden has picked for his running mate a candidate who publicly supports gun confiscation.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D.–Calif.) advocated for gun confiscation during her failed bid for the White House. Harris estimated there were multi-million legally owned firearms, and she was in support of having them confiscated.
“We have to have a buyback program and I support a mandatory gun buyback program,” she said during an October policy forum hosted by the gun-control group March for Our Lives. “It’s got to be smart. We’ve got to do it the right way but there are five million [assault weapons] at least, some estimate as many as 10 million, and we’re going to have to have smart public policy that’s about taking those off the streets but doing it the right way,” reported Free Beacon.
During her 2016 campaign, Hilary Clinton didn’t express any support for direct firearm confiscation. However, she had favored a ban on gun sales and a reversal of the Supreme Court precedent overturning Washington D.C.’s full ban on handgun ownership during her campaign.
Biden has suggested even more stringent gun control measures than Clinton’s and encompasses a ban on guns without “smart” features. He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2019 that there is “no legal way” to confiscate guns from Americans they already own.
I think you’re dealing with a guy who’s got a complete and total anti-gun platform,” Jason Ouimet, head of the NRA’s political action committee, told the Washington Free Beacon in a recent interview. “And for that little bit of moderate that he wanted to purport, I think that went out the window.”
With the addition of Harris to the Biden campaign, it moves them further to the left on the gun control issue than at any other time in history.
Mark Oliva, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, called Biden’s pick of Harris a danger to gun owners.
“Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate makes this ticket the most serious threat to American Second Amendment rights ever faced in a presidential election,” he said.
“During her short-lived presidential campaign, she demanded gun-control legislation within 100 days and threatened executive action if Congress didn’t deliver,” Oliva told the Free Beacon.
“Senator Harris was clear when she said gun control would be an administration priority. Her platform included entertaining forced confiscation of lawfully owned semiautomatic rifles, redefining ‘sporting purpose’ for lawful firearm possession, criminalizing private firearm transfers, and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
In fact, she supports politicizing the Department of Justice and using the weight of the federal government to harass a constitutionally protected industry in a series of frivolous lawsuits to bankrupt manufacturers.”