Kamala Harris Says If She’s Elected President, She Will Ban AR-15-Style Guns, the Weapon of Choice in Mass Shootings

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On Wednesday, presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced that should she be elected president, she’ll get right down to business when it comes to addressing AR-15s—the weapon of choice in mass shootings.

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CNN reports that during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, the former California attorney general revealed that she’ll use her executive authority to ban the import of all AR-15 style assault weapons. Additionally, she would also suspend all assault weapon imports until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determines if they should be banished as well.

“When we look at the issue of assault weapons, let’s be very clear: assault weapons are designed to kill a lot of people in a very short period of time,” Harris said. “I think that this has got to be something that is understood, that we cannot any longer afford to allow people to make this a partisan issue. Those guns, those assault weapons, do not discriminate and determine, ‘OK, is the person pointing it at, is it a Democrat or Republican?’”

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This announcement is the latest in a series of gun-related executive actions that Harris will put into effect should she win the Democratic nomination and beat Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

From the New York Times:

At a town hall hosted by CNN, Ms. Harris said that, if elected, she would sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year. The executive actions would also include more stringent regulation of gun manufacturers that could result in revoked licenses or prosecution, as well as an attempt to close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase guns if their victim is an unwedded partner.

“There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which suggests you’re either in favor of the second amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away,” Harris said during a CNN town hall last month. “They have failed to have the courage to act.”

Harris plans to put her plan into action within the first 100 days of her administration should Congress continue to not properly address gun reform.

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DISCUSSION

Just kind of a simple logic point - America doesn’t tend to import AR-15's or their parts. We make them. It’s referred to ‘Americas Rifle’ for a reason, and it’s not just because the armed forces have been using them since Vietnam.

Banning import of other ‘assault rifles’ is .. an idea, but not particularly relavant. It will drive the prices for those guns up, yes, supply and demand, but not really have any effect on.....well, anything. Except if you want to make some money, invest in foreign ‘assault rifles’ now, before someone bans their importation.

While some of its popularity can be traced tho ‘wannabe military superheros’, really, it’s main popularity is it’s extremely strong aftermarket support, versatility, and reliability. Not sure how to emphasize this enough - it would be sort of like if every car manufacturer stuck with a ‘standard’ engine and ‘standard’ mounting points for exhaust and ‘standard’ computer, standardized doors, standardized everything.

Imagine if you could easily swap a big truck engine in a honda, just plug and play, disconnect the hoses, lift the engine out, put in the truck engine. You want AWD, or 4x4? Pop on a standardized transmission from a 4x4. You want a camper shell with that honda-truck-4x4-mishmash? No problem, take a standardized camper, take off the standarized Civic body, and good to roll. Wanna stance it? Standardized suspension allows you to do that. Want to lift it? Again, can do that.

The hate and dislike Dems and ‘liberals’ have against guns and gun owners, vs. the hate and dislike R’s and ‘conservatives’ have against immigrants, non-white folks, abortion... I think you guys would actually all get along pretty well together. Same forms of non-logic, same sort of rhetoric, same sort of tug-at-heartstrings type arguments. You just need to work out which things y’all are going to hate on, and you’d be a cute couple.