Sen. Kamala Harris politicized the shooting involving multiple police officers in Philadelphia, seeming to suggest her proposed policies would have prevented the incident.
The California Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate predictably turned the shooting – which reportedly involved a standoff between alleged drug dealers and police – into a platform to push her gun control policies while speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Wednesday.
Harris made her remarks even as the situation in Philadelphia was unfolding, appearing to propose that her policies would have kept an alleged drug dealer from acquiring firearms.
“You’re former Attorney General of California,” Blitzer said. “What is your reaction to these initial reports, and I stress the word ‘initial’ reports?”
“When will it stop, right?” Harris replied before launching into her campaign talking points.
“Part of my focus on what we need to do around smart gun safety laws is recognize that we have to have more enforcement around gun dealers,” she said.
“Wolf, 90 percent of the guns that are associated with crime are sold by just 5 percent of the gun dealers in the United States. And so among the many plans that I have both in the form of executive action and also in the form of legislation, one of them is to put more resources into the ATF to take the licenses of gun dealers who violate the law. And that includes a number of things, including when they are responsible for doing background checks, not doing them.”
The former California attorney general’s comments coincided with breaking reports of the standoff in Philadelphia in which six officers were shot. Officers were reportedly serving a warrant at the home of the suspect who has a history of gun-related convictions when the gun battle broke out, injuring six officers.
Blitzer questioned whether what Harris was proposing went “far enough.”
“Well, there are a variety of things. First of all, let’s be clear, I have hugged too many mothers of homicide victims over the years. I have looked at more autopsy photographs than I care to tell you, of people whose lives have been ended because of gun violence,” she said.
“We need Congress to act. We do not lack for good ideas. We do not lack for tragedies. The failure of Congress, however, the United States Congress to act on passing smart gun safety laws is the issue,” the 2020 contender continued.
“So when elected, I’ll give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together on this and put a bill on my desk for signature,” she added. “And if they do not, I am prepared to take executive action to, one, put in place a comprehensive background check requirement, two, put the resources into the ATF to take the licenses from gun dealers who violate the law, and three, to ban the importation of assault weapons in our country.”
The lawmaker was almost immediately denounced for politicizing the Philadelphia shootout, before all the facts were even known.
Another gun control law definitely would’ve stopped the <checks notes> drug dealer who tried to murder police officers from breaking the law. https://t.co/ZFaQ5yJd50
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 14, 2019
The firefight erupted after a narcotics officer attempted serve a warrant to a house.
For Kamala to assume that a drug dealer would abide by gun laws and would therefore not shoot at cops is beyond absurd.
This is such a disgusting comment to make while police are being shot at https://t.co/0YevrC5xwe
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 14, 2019
It would have stopped drug gangs from illegally possessing weapons?
That is some powerful fantasy policy https://t.co/5tO0O1Sh71
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) August 15, 2019
Later in the CNN show, Democratic Florida Rep. Val Demings appeared to agree with Harris, telling Blitzer that “we can assume” the shooter was using the “high-capacity magazines” that she wants banned.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 14, 2019
Twitter users slammed Harris for her ill-timed self-promotion and campaigning.
CNN Begins Exploiting Philly Mass Shooting for New Gun Laws — During Shooting https://t.co/7Q0PdIhPlq
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 14, 2019
All CNN is talking about is a new gun control law even though the shooter just broke like 187 laws.
— Righteous⚡Crusader (@Craftmastah) August 14, 2019
After only one (1) hour Kamala Harris started talking gun control to Wolf Blizer BEFORE the Philadelphia Police had the shooter in Philadelphia out yet or BEFORE all the cops were OUT of their respective hospital yet !
I know that Harris wants to be the President but hey wait .
@KamalaHarris @FoxNews 1) Before the facts come out you took the opportunity to pre-judge the shooter in Philadelphia. Just like Obama’s “The Cambridge police acted stupidly” irresponsible comment. You have no clue about the gun or individual. Definitely not Presidential.
— RobertTrader (@WethepeopleT) August 15, 2019
@KamalaHarris BEFORE IT’S EVEN RESOLVED YOUR POLITICIZING THE PHILADELPHIA SHOOTER. NEWS FLASH THE GUY DIDN’T LEGALLY BUY THE AR-15! YOU ARE SO PREDICTABLE
— david lasner (@dalasner) August 15, 2019
I’m assuming if he is a drug dealer, his weapon is illegal and is not an NRA member..just guessing..we already have laws against dealing drugs,
Illegal gun purchases and possession by a felon.
Also illegal to shoot at police, no laws stop criminals as a rule
— Mark Moore ☆☆☆??☆☆☆MAGA KAG 2020 (@MarkMoore4MAGA) August 14, 2019
‘I don’t know what is going on here, but I KNOW my ideas would work.’ – @KamalaHarris
— Stone (@Blade7Stone) August 14, 2019
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