‘I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said that if she were elected in 2020, she would take executive action to impose gun control reforms should Congress fail to deliver “comprehensive legislation” in her first 100 days in office.
“Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action,” Harris said during a CNN town hall on Monday.
Harris asked young voters in the audience if they had participated in emergency drills in the case of a school shooter.
“In America, that should never have to happen,” she said.
Gun control has been a key policy for several Democrats in the primary field. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., has made gun control the foremost issue of his presidential campaign, vowing to restrict the firearms citizens can lawfully own and increase background checks.
Harris agreed that there must be restrictions on what citizens can lawfully own.
“Conversations take place every night between students and their parents, ‘Why do these things have to happen?,’ ‘Why do we have to have a drill like that?’ to which, of course, the response is because there are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders, who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice, which suggests you are either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away,” she continued.
Harris said her gun-control policy plans include a universal background check requirement, and a “fugitive ban” that would prohibit anyone with an outstanding warrant from buying a gun. This would also ban individuals convicted of domestic violence from buying firearms.
“Supposed leaders in Washington, D.C., who have failed to have the courage to recognize ‘you know what, you want to go hunting? That’s fine.’ But we need reasonable gun safety laws in this country,” Harris said.