A Red Flag For Kamala Harris – OpEd


According to the Biden White House, Vice President Kamala Harris will “assist states, local governments, law enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, clinicians, victim service providers, and behavioral health and other social service providers in optimizing the usage of red flag laws—laws that allow a family member or law enforcement to seek a court order to temporarily take away access to guns if they feel a gun owner may harm themselves or others.”

Harris touted red flag laws on a recent visit to Parkland, Florida, site of a deadly school shooting in 2018. Parents concerned for the safety of their children might recall the vice president’s response to a similar attack one year ago at the Covenant School in Nashville.

On March 27, 2023, Audrey Hale, 28, gunned down nine-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs. The shooter, a former Covenant student, also murdered custodian Mike Hill, 61, headmaster Katherine Koonce, 60, and teacher Cynthia Peak, 61. According to autopsy reports, all died from multiple gunshot wounds, some at point-blank range, and Hale added “blunt force trauma” to William Kinney and Katherine Koonce.

Joe Biden did not identify or condemn Audrey Hale, failed to name a single murder victim, and did not attend any of the funerals. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said “our hearts go out to the trans community as they are under attack right now.”

Kamala Harris tweeted, “six people, including three children, were killed last week in a school shooting in Nashville.” The vice president, stepmother of husband Doug Emhoff’s two children, did not condemn Audrey Hale and failed to name any of her victims. Harris also failed to attend any of the funerals and did not cite the Nashville mass murder as an example of “gun violence.” For the Vice President, this was a repeat performance.

On December 2, 2015, at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik gunned down Robert Adams, Isaac Amianos, Bennetta Betbadal, Harry Bowman, Sierra Clayborn, Juan Espinoza, Aurora Godoy, Shannon Johnson, Larry Daniel Kaufman, Damien Meins, Tin Ngyen, Nicholas Thalasinos, Yvette Velasco, and Michael Wetzel. Farook and Malik wounded more than 20 others before local police took down the terrorists. California’s attorney general at the time was former San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris.

“As Americans, we are unified in our commitment to protect our country from terrorist attacks, and we must seek justice for those who lost their lives in the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino,” said Harris in a December 17, 2015 statement. The attorney general failed to identify or condemn terrorists Farook and Malik, and named not a single victim.

The dead included African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, but no word from the attorney general whether Farook and Malik could have been motivated by racism.

Harris said it was “immoral and contrary to our values to stoke fear and cast aspersions against an entire faith and the millions of law-abiding American Muslims.” One year later, the attorney general lamented “the devastating and tragic terrorist attack in San Bernardino,” but again failed to condemn the terrorists, name a single victim, or brand the mass murder as “gun violence.”

In 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris advocated a “buyback program” for “assault weapons”such as the AR-15 and other semiautomatic firearms, which are legal to own. The owners did not buy those firearms from the government, which therefore cannot buy them back. That betrays a misunderstanding of property rights and the Second Amendment, which stipulates that the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.” The red-flag laws would do that under certain conditions.

As the people might recall, the “Biden-Harris” administration has deemed peacefully protesting parentspro-life activists and such as dangerous extremists. Americans who value their constitutional rights can be forgiven for raising a red flag over Harris’ latest crusade.

This article was also published in The American Spectator 

K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at The Daily Caller.

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