Kamala Harris calls for new ‘assault weapons’ ban

During an interview, this weekend, Vice President Kamala Harris suggested that mass shootings can be blamed on a failure to ban assault weapons.

The vice president made that claim while speaking on Sunday with Robert Cost, host of CBS News’ Face the Nation.

“When you meet with first responders, when you meet with families of these victims, you cannot avoid the reality of what the impact of this gun violence is on a community,” Harris declared.

“Weapon of war”

She insisted that mass shootings occur “because those weapons are available, and we have to stop allowing those weapons to be available to civilians living in communities of people who have a right to believe that they are not in a war zone.”

“Assault weapons were specifically and intentionally designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly,” she asserted, adding, “It is a weapon of war.”

“If you’ve ever looked at, if I may be so blunt, an autopsy photograph to see what it does to the human body. And the fact that we can’t get Congress to renew –  it’s not like we’re pulling something out of our hat,” the vice president claimed.

“We’ve done it before as a nation – to renew the assault weapons ban, is outrageous,” Harris went on, adding, “You can support the Second Amendment. I support the Second Amendment, but we should agree we should not have weapons of war on the streets of America.”

Data undermines veep’s claim

Harris did not bring up how in 2019, (the last year for which complete figures are available) FBI data showed that rifles of any kind were only used to commit 364 of the 13,927 homicides which occurred that year.

Nor did she reference cases in which victims have used semi-automatic rifles to defend themselves when confronted by multiple attackers.

What’s more, Fox News pointed to a Department of Justice study which concluded that the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban’s “impact on gun violence is likely to be small at best, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

Congress is unlikely to move on any type of severe gun control law prior to an election.

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