But threatening to govern via executive fiat? One could argue that will lead to tyranny.
Senator Kamala Harris of California, the former prosecutor who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Monday committed to a host of executive actions to implement gun control measures that have long failed to pass in Congress.
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,” Ms. Harris said on CNN Monday evening, “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.”
“We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country, starting with universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapon ban,” she added, “but they have failed to have the courage to act.”
This is typical leftist pap in that they often incorrectly define what an "assault weapon" is or the implication that background checks aren't already in place. Regardless, laws such as this are compiled in the legislative branch, so Ms. Harris is clearly insinuating she has no issue usurping separation of powers.
If Democrats sincerely want to lessen the incidents of guns winding up in the hands of the wrong people, they really ought to heed the advice of MN Gun Owners Caucus Chair Bryan Strawser, who recently crafted a comprehensive post on the subject.
- Amy Klobuchar, who is barely registering in any prominent polls among Dem POTUS candidates, held her own town hall meeting on Monday. Let's just say it wasn't a good sign that she stirred up memories of Jeb Bush's most pitiful moment of the 2016 GOP race.
During a CNN town hall in New Hampshire for students, the Democratic 2020 presidential candidate responded to a question about how she planned to appeal to disaffected middle-class voters from the heartland who cast ballots for President Trump in 2016.
"I guess you look at what I've done, and that is that I am someone that runs in a purple state," Klobuchar said of Minnesota. "Every single time I have run, I have won every single congressional district in my state, including Michele Bachmann's."
After a slight pause, Klobuchar added to laughter: "It's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?"
No word if audience members ducked for fear of binders being tossed in their direction.
- And finally, America's favorite septuagenarian commie brings the lunacy as only he can.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said Monday that all felons, including terrorists and rapists, should be able to vote while serving out their prison sentences.
Asked during a CNN town hall in New Hampshire whether he believed people like the Boston marathon bomber should be disenfranchised, Sanders said no, and suggested that all restrictions on voting rights erode American democracy.
“If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished,” he said. “They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime. But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.”
“Because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘well that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote,’ or ‘that person did that, not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope,” he continued. “So, I believe that people commit crimes, they pay the price. They get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right to vote. But I believe even if they’re in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
Look, I'm all for felons having their rights restored, provided they've met all the criteria of their rehabilitation since their release from prison. But this idea that these people should have the right to vote while currently imprisoned is ludicrous. These people aren't members of free society for a reason, so they should have no say in how it should be governed. Again, I absolutely believe those who have "paid their debt to society" should have every opportunity to participate in democracy once again. But absolutely not until they've fulfilled every last obligation of their sentences.