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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris took aim at our "supposed" leaders in Washington for their failed attempts at legislating gun control during a CNN Town Hall on Monday.

If she were to become elected in 2020, the California senator promised to sign executive orders on gun control and will give Congress "100 days to get their act together."

The topic came up when fielding questions from her constituents after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, which took place on April 20, 1999.


When asked how as president of the U.S., she would keep schools safe, and how she would keep guns out of the hands from those who shouldn't have them, she gave an impassioned response.

She detailed the drills that are currently taking place in schools in order for students to protect themselves from a mass shooter roaming the halls, and said, "In our America, that should never have to happen."

"Conversations take place every night between students and their parents," she said, about kids asking their parents why they must participate in these drills.

"There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders, who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which says you're either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone's guns away."


Harris, who has said she owns a gun for protection, often generates the most applause on the campaign trail for her stance on gun reform.

She added:

"Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action."

Her executive action would include required background checks on "anyone who sells more than five guns a year," and she would have the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) remove a gun dealer's license if they are in violation of that mandate.

She commented that the ATF has been doing "a lot of the A and the T but not much of the F, and we need to fix that."


Massachussett's senator and running mate Elizabeth Warren also called for universal background checks and to "take weapons of war off our city streets," when asked what she would do to protect police officers from being killed in the line of duty.

Both Democratic candidates are closing the gap in the race.


Harris scored points for her response with solutions to back up her proposal.






Progressive Democrats continue to back Harris's position on guns.

In 2014 as attorney general of California, Harris deemed the state's 10-day waiting period for gun purchases as unconstitutional. Two years later, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with her stance.

She also called to renew the assault weapons ban in 2016 after seeing babies and police officers killed.

"I have friends that love to hunt — but if you need an assault weapon to go hunting, you need to go back to hunting school. It's just not reasonable."
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