Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addressed his platform on guns during the election season, pledging to restrict the right to own firearms if he were elected.
Judging from recent remarks from his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Second Amendment supports have reason to fear Biden’s words were not just empty threats.
“Over nine minutes inside the school”
In a statement on Monday, Harris used the anniversary of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school as the backdrop for her call to action.
“Today marks 8 years since 20 first-graders and 6 educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” she tweeted. “To honor the lives lost in this terrible tragedy, it’s past time we implement common-sense gun safety reforms to keep our children safe.”
Of course, not all Americans believe implementing more gun restrictions for law-abiding citizens is the answer to tragic shootings like the one in Newtown.
Therefore, many gun-rights advocates have concluded that the commonsense approach to gun violence would be to ensure responsible adults on campus have the means to confront a mass shooter.
“We should be passing rational gun laws”
Biden nevertheless promised to move in the opposite direction. His campaign website states his support for halting the use of federal funds to be used for training educators to bear arms.
“We should be passing rational gun laws, not requiring educators who already have too much on their plates to also protect the safety of their students,” Biden concluded.
His stance on the issue has been decades in the making, including his work on behalf of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which critics say made it more difficult for teachers and school staff to stop violent threats.
The former vice president has also said he would outlaw many semi-automatic guns and restrict the number of firearms an individual may legally purchase.
Meanwhile, New York City — home to some of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws — is on pace to see its highest number of shootings in 14 years.