American politics has long been a game of reactions, restraint, and redundancy, and at no time is this truer than in the wake of some horrid tragedy.
We want our politicians to say the right things at the right time, but we would rather they say nothing at all than be seen riding the coattails of calamity for the sake of their own career. Or, worse yet, taking a dive off the deep end of the political spectrum in a knee-jerk sort of way.
Now, in the wake of the two mass shootings, Vice President Kamala Harris is raising eyebrows with the timing of her latest suggestion regarding the Second Amendment.
Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on “assault weapons” on Saturday after she spoke at the funeral of a woman killed in the Buffalo, New York grocery store mass shooting earlier this month.
She called the firearm a “weapon of war” that has “no place in civil society.”
Harris did not mince her words.
“We are not sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like. You know, we’re not looking for a vaccine. We know what works on this,” she told reporters outside of Air Force Two at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, referring to the series of mass shootings that have plagued the U.S. “Let’s have an assault weapons ban.”
The suggestion will almost certainly receive harsh criticism from the GOP, who’ve long made it clear that tampering with the Second Amendment is a non-starter.