The 20+ folks angling for the Democrats’ presidential nomination are desperate to distinguish themselves from the pack. One red meat issue among the progressives is gun control and many of the candidates have come out with policies or “ideas” about what to do with that pesky Second Amendment.
The leader of the Democrat’s pack, handsy Uncle Joe Biden hasn’t come out in the media as forcefully as many of his opponents (yet) on the 2A but he does have some plans for your right to keep and bear arms should he take office. Unlike his competitors, Biden has a long history of assaulting the Second Amendment. PBS reports about Biden:
Biden has long supported greater gun control measures, including an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and universal background checks. After the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012, Obama appointed Biden to lead the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force (the initiative failed to pass a universal background checks bill in Congress). As a senator, Biden authored the assault weapons ban legislation that passed in 1994, seven years after he first introduced it. The law lapsed in 2004 and has not been reinstated. Biden also voted in 1993 for the Brady Bill, which established waiting periods for handgun purchases and created the current background check system. Despite his long record supporting gun control measures, Biden voted in 1983 for the Firearm Owners Protection Act, a bill that allowed firearms dealers to sell guns through the mail, online and at gun shows.
Senator Bernie Sanders, hailing from the gun-friendly state of Vermont, is on shaky anti-2A ground. Sanders supported the law that protects firearm and ammunition manufacturers from being held liable for use of their products in a crimes. NBC News warns:
Phillips’ story reveals a potential political liability for Sanders, who has at times backed the NRA’s agenda over his decadeslong congressional career. In addition to his support for legislation limiting lawsuits on gun-makers, Sanders also voted against a 1993 bill that would have established national background checks.
Bernie did quite well in the 2016 primary despite his weaker anti-2A position but maybe things have changed.
Senator Corey Booker (D-N.J.) flexed his anti-2A muscles and recently unveiled a plan that would require registration of all firearms. Booker proclaimed his plan as the “most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a presidential candidate.”
According to Booker’s plan, current and first-time firearms buyers would seek a license at a designated office, similar to obtaining a passport. The applications would then be verified by the FBI. Current gun owners would have a transition period to obtain a federal license.
Although Booker claims his plan to be the “most sweeping” policy put forward, that honor probably belongs to another presidential candidate: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)
Swalwell threatened to nuke gun owners if they were unwilling to give up their firearms. In a nauseating puff piece interview with Swalwell, Esquire magazine asked about the candidate’s gun control-centric platform.
I will be the first candidate to say that reducing gun violence has to be a top three issue. Last year I wrote a bill calling for a buy back and ban on assault weapons—not just to ban future manufacturing, but to just take the 15 million that are out there and buy them back. And do what Australia did, do what New Zealand did. They’ve shown us—Australia in the 90s, New Zealand just this week—that courage in doing the right thing can protect people. And I’m inspired by this next generation, who lifted themselves up out of this Parkland tragedy and went to the town squares and the town halls and marched on the ballot box and took out a number of NRA endorsed candidates [in the 2018 midterms].
Swalwell doesn’t seem well-versed in the effect of the Australian gun ban.
Moving along to the lady candidates, we have Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) who will take matters into her own presidential hands and throw down some executive orders.
“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,” said the California senator.
Harris said “conversations take place every night between students and their parents” about why school shootings keep happening.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said during a CNN town hall that it “is a crime that we don’t have universal background checks. That is something that I pledge to you as your president … I will take on in a big way,” Klobuchar said. She’s a little tame at this point in campaign time, but there is plenty of time left to cultivate her anti-gun policies.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is likewise positioned against the Second Amendment. “We need universal background checks. We need to take weapons of war off our city streets,” Warren said during a CNN town hall. “We need as a country to step up, to be more responsible, to be willing to push back against the NRA and to put some sensible gun safety laws in place.”
So there you have it, some highlights from the Democrat’s competitors plan for your guns. Vote accordingly.
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