NRA Attacks Kamala Harris for Gun Reform Policy

The National Rifle Association (NRA) singled out Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on August 10 and attacked her gun-law reform proposal.

The NRA called the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s proposal on gun-law reform “ridiculous” on Twitter. Along with the tweet, the association shared an article by the NRA titled “Kamala Harris and Her Perplexing Anti-Gun Ideas.”

“Big surprise: Kamala Harris is anti-gun. What she doesn’t seem to realize is that most of her gun control policies either wouldn’t work, or are already law, or basically make no sense. Here’s a look at what she’s proposing, and why her plans are ridiculous,” the tweet read.

In the article, the association criticized her gun control proposal, which the senator released in April. The NRA called her reform plan “perplexing” and said she is trying to appease “anti-gun extremists” when addressing “near-universal background checks.”

“Kamala Harris tends to poll in fourth place among the two-dozen Democrat candidates seeking the party’s nomination as the chosen challenger to President Trump in 2020, and remains well behind front-runner Joe Biden,” the NRA wrote. “Nonetheless, her promotion of anti-gun policies, as perplexing as some of them may be, should cause concern for all law-abiding gun owners as long as she remains a somewhat viable candidate.”

Harris’s campaign sent a fundraising email urging supporters to help her campaign.

"For the gun lobby, there is no more important mission than defeating any politician that has the courage to stand up to them and present real solutions to the gun violence epidemic," the email read, according to CNN. "We can't let these attacks on Kamala and our campaign go unanswered, which is why your contribution of any amount is so important today."

In April, Harris unveiled her gun reform proposal during a CNN town hall at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. In her proposal, Harris promises to pass gun control measures during her first 100 days in office if elected president.

“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.”

The proposal would also “mandate near-universal background checks” for retailers that sell five or more guns a year and revoke their gun manufacturers and dealers license should they break the law. In addition to the near-universal background checks, Harris said she would reverse the Trump administration’s definition of “fugitive from justice,” a rule change from the administration that granted thousands of people who had outstanding warrants to purchase guns.

Harris also proposed closing the “boyfriend loophole,” which would prevent people convicted of domestic violence from purchasing firearms.

“We’re not waiting for a good idea — we have good ideas. We’re not waiting for another tragedy — we have seen the worst human tragedies we can imagine. What’s missing is Republicans in Washington having the courage to stand up to the NRA,” Harris stated.

The attack from the NRA comes just a few days after Harris and other Democratic presidential candidates participated in the gun reform presidential forum in Des Moines, Iowa, organized by the activist group Everytown for Gun Safety. Harris, along with 16 other candidates that included Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and many others gathered to discuss their plans on ending gun violence in the US.

During the forum, Harris repeated that she would give Congress 100 days to place a gun control bill on her desk, but said they must have “the courage to act.”

“It’s not like we are waiting for a good idea, all of the good ideas have been had... we do not lack for ideas,” she said during the forum.

The forum comes just a week after the country was rocked by two back-to-back mass shootings. On August 3, a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and killed 22 people and injured two dozen others. The suspected shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius from Allen, Texas, is a white supremacist who reportedly targeted the store in order to attack Latinx people. The following day, 24-year-old Connor Betts killed nine people and injured 27 others at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. The shooter was shot and killed by police.

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.