Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at the funeral of a victim of the May 14 attack on a Buffalo supermarket, said “enough is enough” and called for a ban on “assault weapons.”
Harris eulogized 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in the New York mass shooting. That horrific attack killed 10 and came just 10 days before the attack on Robb Elementary School in Texas took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.
Invited to speak at the funeral by the Rev. Al Sharpton, Harris said the country is suffering “an epidemic of hate.”
The vice president told reporters that the assault weapon is a “weapon of war with no place in a civil society.” Its design, she claims, is to kill as many humans as quickly as possible. Harris says we are not searching for a vaccine as with COVID-19, we know “what works on this.”
The term “assault weapon” is certainly broad, but unquestionably Harris was referring to AR-15-style rifles used in both mass shootings.
The VP also called for enhanced background checks for firearms purchases, noting that there have been over 200 mass shootings in the U.S. and summer hasn’t even started. The House passed a pair of bills modifying these checks last year, but they stalled in the Senate.
One would eliminate the so-called “Charleston loophole.” This allows some gun sales to proceed without a background check if the screening process takes over three days.
The other requires unlicensed gun sellers through venues such as gun shows and the internet to conduct the same FBI database background checks as licensed gun dealers.
The conservative wall of defense for the 2nd Amendment suffered a crack Friday when Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY) announced his support for banning AR-15-style weapons, raising the age for purchasing certain guns to 21, and other measures.
Jacobs was endorsed by the National Rifle Association when he ran in 2020.
This battle over 2nd Amendment rights is heating up, even as President Biden admits that he is limited in options for executive actions. He is right to note that any real change will come from Congress, and for conservatives, that makes this November’s midterms even more critical.