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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Ca.) was announced as presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden’s running mate on Tuesday for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked [Kamala Harris], a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants, as my running mate,” tweeted Biden.
Harris, like Biden, doesn’t like your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. While running for the very position Joe Biden is poised to secure, Harris confirmed in a debate last September that she would take executive action within her first 100 days in office to ban the “imports and AR-15 assault weapons,” as moderator David Muir had mislabeled these popular semi-automatic rifles.
Harris’ website also declares her intent to implement “universal background checks, and assault weapons ban and the repeal of the NRA’s corporate gun manufacturer immunity shield,” if Congress fails to do so within her first 100 days in office.
Perhaps most troubling of those is Harris’ final point: She intends to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). The PLCAA was enacted to protect the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits designed to functionally bankrupt firearms manufacturers. It does not protect firearms manufacturers or dealers if they break the law, or from normal product-liability claims. It simply stops them from being held liable if a criminal illegally misuses their products.
Like Biden, she is not hiding her disdain for your rights. While serving as San Francisco’s district attorney, she was joined by other district attorneys in an amicus brief filed in the landmark case, District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)—the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. The amicus brief (or “friend of the court” brief) Harris signed on to was in support of limiting your Second Amendment rights. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed with her.
This puts Harris in step with Biden and his anti-gun agenda, as well as his constant attacks on the NRA. Just last week, Biden tweeted: “Weapons of war have no place in our communities. When I was a senator, I took on the [National Rifle Association] and secured a 10-year ban on assault weapons – and as president, I’ll ban these weapons again,” referring to the egregious and improperly named “Federal Assault Weapons Ban” that sunset in 2004.
“[Harris’] promotion of anti-gun policies, as perplexing as some of them may be, should cause concern for all law-abiding gun owners,” wrote the NRA Institute for Legislative Action last fall, while Harris was campaigning for the very position Joe Biden is set to take.
Politicians, like Harris, Biden and New York Attorney General Letitita James are stepping up their efforts and attacks on this nation’s oldest civil-rights organization, your NRA. Biden’s selection of Harris as his running mate should come as no surprise given her outright disdain for the Second Amendment and the NRA. Freedom is clearly on the ballot, and your vote matters this fall.
To get involved in the fight to protect our rights, visit nraila.org/grassroots.