Kamala Harris explains that she believes that the president has the power to ban guns using Executive Orders. She also blames President Trump for creating the atmosphere that has lead to mass public shootings.
In recent days former Vice President Biden has said about executive orders, “Some really talented people are seeking the nomination. They said ‘I’m going to issue an executive order.'” Biden saying, “There’s no constitutional authority to issue that executive order when they say ‘I’m going to eliminate assault weapons,'” saying, “you can’t do it by executive order any more than Trump can do things when he says he can do it by executive order.”
Does the vice president have a point there?
BIDEN: Some things you can. Many things you can’t.
MUIR: Let’s let the senator answer.
HARRIS: Well, I mean, I would just say, hey, Joe, instead of saying, no, we can’t, let’s say yes, we can.
BIDEN: Let’s be constitutional. We’ve got a Constitution.
HARRIS: And yes, we can, because I’ll tell you something. The way that I think about this is, I’ve seen more autopsy photographs than I care to tell you. I have attended more police officer funerals than I care to tell you. I have hugged more mothers of homicide victims than I care to tell you.
And the idea that we would wait for this Congress, which has just done nothing, to act, is just — it is overlooking the fact that every day in America, our babies are going to school to have drills, elementary, middle and high school students, where they are learning about how they have to hide in a closet or crouch in a corner if there is a mass shooter roaming the hallways of their school.
I was talking about this at one of my town halls, and — and this child who was eight years old, probably, came up to me — it was like it was a secret between the two of us, and he tugged on my jacket and he said, “I had to have one of those drills.”
It is traumatizing our children. El Paso — and, Beto, God love you for standing so courageously in the midst of that tragedy. You know, people asked me…
… in El Paso — they said, you know, because I have a long-standing record on this issue. They said, “Well, do you think Trump is responsible for what happened?”
And I said, “Well, look, I mean, obviously, he didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition.”ABC News, “Read the full transcript of ABC News’ 3rd Democratic debate: The debate aired Thursday night on ABC News,” ABC News, September 13, 2019.