VP Kamala Harris calls for ban on assault weapons

Vice President Kamala Harris has called for a ban on assault weapons in the wake of the horrific mass shootings at a Texas elementary school and a Buffalo supermarket, saying they have “no place in civil society.

“On the issue of gun violence, I want to say, as I’ve said countless times, we’re not sitting around waiting to see what the solution is. You know, we’re not looking for a vaccine,” Harris told reporters Saturday in Buffalo, where she was attending a funeral for one of the 10 people killed in the May 14 massacre there.

“We know what works about it. It includes, let’s have an assault weapons ban,” she said.

“Do you know what an offensive weapon is? Do you know how an offensive weapon was constructed?” Harris said. “It was designed for a specific purpose – to kill a lot of people quickly. An offensive weapon is a weapon of war that has no place, no place in civil society.”

AR-15 style assault weapons were used by both Payton Gendron when he opened fire at a Tops Friendly Market, killing 10 black shoppers, and by Salvador Ramos in Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas, at the 19 students and two teachers were killed.

Harris spoke at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, who at 86 was Gendron’s oldest victim.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at Ruth Whitfield's funeral
Harris also spoke at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, 86, the oldest victim of the Buffalo mass shooting.
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Recalling the number of recent mass shootings that have rocked the nation, the vice president said: “Enough is enough.

“There’s a consistent line to what happened here in Buffalo, in Texas, in Atlanta, in Orlando, what happened in the synagogues, and so this is a moment when all good people, all God-loving people, have to stand up and say, ‘We’re not going to take this,'” Harris said at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, referring to a series of mass shootings in the United States.

Congress passed Assault Weapons Ban legislation in 1994 during the Clinton administration, but former President George W. Bush allowed the law to expire in 2004.

Colt M4 carbine and AR-15 rifles
Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault weapons after two back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
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