Kamala Harris vents her frustration over failure to pass stricter gun laws
United States Vice President Kamala Harris has actually vented her aggravation at her nation’s rejection to pass more stringent weapon control laws, informing Congress it is “time to act”.
Ms Harris provided a prolonged interview to CBS This Morning today, which mainly concentrated on the fallout from Monday’s mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
The declared criminal, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, has actually been charged with 10 counts of very first degree murder. One of the victims was a law enforcement officer.
Yesterday, President Joe Biden prompted the United States Senate to authorize a set of costs, currently gone by the House of Representatives, which would close loopholes in America’s background check system. He likewise required Congress to pass a restriction on attack weapons.
“The Senate should immediately pass – let me say it again, the United States Senate, I hope some are listening, should immediately pass the two House-passed bills that close loopholes in the background check system.
“These are bills that received both Republican and Democratic votes in the House. It should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue. It will save lives, and we have to act.”
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As things stand, the 2 costs do not appear to have adequate assistance in the Senate.
The chamber is split 50-50 in between Democrats and Republicans, and Ms Harris has the power to break any ties.
However, in order to conquer the filibuster– a parliamentary guideline challengers can utilize to avoid the legislation from progressing– the Democrats will in fact require a minimum of 60 votes.
There is no indicator that enough Republican senators want to vote with the Democrats, and certainly a minimum of one Democrat– West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin– has actually shown he opposes the costs.
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That was the context for the very first concern Ms Harris fielded today.
“The President’s intention and his frustration are very clear. But the reality is you guys just don’t have the votes. So what’s your move?” host Gayle King asked her.
“Well, on the issue of gun violence, let’s just be very clear. We are seeing tragedy after tragedy after tragedy,” Ms Harris stated.
“We are now learning the names of the 10 people in Colorado, including that police officer who ran into fire. A father of seven children. We are looking in Atlanta at all of those folks – all of them, going about their lives.
“Gayle, here’s why I mention it. Because I’m going to tell you something, I’ve been working on this for a long time. I actually thought that Sandy Hook would have been the thing that moved Congress. How even 20 six and seven-year-old babies were slaughtered, and they did not act.”
The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 led to 26 deaths. Twenty of the victims were kids in between the ages of 6 and 7.
Then- president Barack Obama notoriously sobbed throughout his speech about the massacre. His subsequent push for harder weapon laws went no place in Congress.
“It is time for Congress to act, and stop with the false choices,” Ms Harris continued.
“This is not about getting rid of the Second Amendment. It’s simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws. There is no reason why we have assault weapons on the streets of a civil society. They are weapons of war, they are designed to kill a lot of people quickly.
“There are two bills which the President is prepared to sign, and so we need the Senate to act. And this is going to be about your viewers, and all of us, pleading to the reason, the hearts and minds of the people in the Senate to say enough of the partisanship, enough of the ideological perspective on this. Let’s just be practical.”
Speaking of being useful, King’s co-host Anthony Mason once again raised the reality that Mr Biden did not have the numbers he required in Congress.
“As it stands right now, you do not have the votes. Failing that, is the President prepared to take executive action?” Mason asked.
“We should first expect the United States Congress to act. I am not willing to give up on what we must do to appeal to the hearts and minds, and the reason, of the members of the United States Senate,” stated Ms Harris.
“I served in that body, and I believe that it is possible, it has to be possible, that people agree that these slaughters have to stop.
“Stop pushing the false choice that this means everybody’s trying to come after your guns. That is not what we’re talking about.”
The Vice President stated Mr Biden wanted to take executive action if essential, however legislation would be a much more irreversible option.
“If the Congress acts, then it becomes law. And that is what we have lacked, that is what has been missing,” she stated.
“We need universal background checks. You know, various states have done it, but there is no universal approach to this. And so what ends up happening, people can move from one state to another depending on what the law is.
“We need to have a federal standard, and that is going to be accomplished – by the way we have structured our democracy – when the United States Congress acts. The House has acted, now it’s in the hands of the Senate, and the President is prepared to sign it.”
King raised remarks from Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who the other day stated the push for tighter weapon control in the wake of the Boulder shooting was“ridiculous theatre” He stated altering weapon laws would have not done anything to avoid the catastrophe.
“Does he have a point?” she asked.
“Every time there is a slaughter, a mass shooting, someone who does not want to be accountable for what we need to do says, ‘Well, that wouldn’t have prevented this thing,’” Ms Harris stated.
“Well arguably, if you took that approach to any law, you would argue that we shouldn’t pass any laws that are designed to protect the health and wellbeing of the American people.
“Yet again, we are in a situation where there are seven children who have lost their father. There are families in two big states of our countries who are mourning the loss, forever, will be without their family members, their friends, who were innocent, who were going about their lives, and were gunned down.”
Mason had another address asking how Ms Harris and Mr Biden planned to protect the votes required to in fact pass more stringent legislation.
“Well, elections matter. Elections matter. And you know, there are a bunch of folks – sign up and join them and let’s say that we’re going to hold our elected people accountable if they’re not going to be with us,” she stated.
“If we really want something that’s going to be lasting, we have to pass legislation.”