Democrat presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is bemoaning what she sees as President Trump’s lack of courage to push failed gun control policies.
Harris has two specific policies in mind–universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban–both of which have been on the books in California for decades and neither of which have prevented the numerous high profile shootings witnessed there.
We need a president with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and pass reasonable gun safety laws, including universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapons ban.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 23, 2019
Whereas universal background checks have been a demonstrable failure in California, simple retail background checks have been a failure nationwide since 1998, at least as far as stopping mass shooters is concerned. Far from avoiding such checks in order to acquire guns, the vast majority of mass shooters during the past decade have simply avoided developing a criminal history, then walked into a gun store and passed a check for their firearm.
As for an “assault weapons” ban, mass shooters prefer handguns over AR-15s, AK-47s, and similar firearms by a margin of nearly three to one. And if we cast a more general look at murders in general, the Washington Post reported that 75 percent of all firearm murders since 1991 were committed with a handgun.
On February 19, 2018, Breitbart News reported the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice report showing the 1994 federal “assault weapons” ban could not be credited with any reduction in crime.
But Harris believes it is a show of “courage” to push universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban.
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