Kamala Harris Announces Support For Weapons Ban

(PresidentialInsider.com)- Following two recent mass shootings that led to almost 20 people being killed, Vice President Kamala Harris renewed her calls for a ban on assault weapons over the weekend.

In doing so, she said those firearms are “a weapon of war” that have “no place in a civil society.”

Speaking to reporters while attending a funeral for one of the victims in the Buffalo, New York, shooting, Harris said:

“On the issue of gun violence, I will say, as I’ve said countless times, we are not sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like. You know, we’re not looking for a vaccine. We know what works on this. It includes, let’s have an assault weapons ban.

“You know what an assault weapon is? You know how an assault weapon is designed? It was designed for a specific purpose — to kill a lot of human beings quickly. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in a civil society.”

The mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket left 10 people dead. The suspect in that case had racial motives, as he drove multiple hours from his home to get to the supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood.

Just last week, another mass shooting happened in Uvalde, Texas, this time at an elementary school. That shooting left 19 children as well as two teachers dead. The gunman was also killed.

Harris has called for a ban on assault weapons in the past. While speaking this past weekend, she also pushed for enhanced background checks for people who wish to purchase firearms.

In backing up her claims for needing enhanced protections, Harris said there have been more than 200 mass shootings in the U.S. already this year, only five months into the year. She said:

“Everybody’s got to stand up and agree that this should not be happening in our country, and that we should have the courage to do something about it.”

A reporter asked Harris if President Joe Biden could end up going the executive order route if Congress were to not pass gun reform to his liking, but Harris wouldn’t comment on that question.

Last week, though, the president admitted there’s “not much on executive action” at his disposal that would strengthen measures for gun control in the nation. Instead, he said he needed to “convince Congress” to pass a bill that was similar to that of the assault weapons ban passed in 1994.

Harris made her comments while attending the funeral of the eldest victim who was killed in the Buffalo shooting at Tops Friendly Markets on May 14, Ruth E. Whitfield, who was 86 years old.

In closing her comments, Harris said today “requires all good people, all God-loving people to stand up and say, ‘We will not stand for this — enough is enough. We will come together based on what we all know we have in common, and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us feel fear.'”