The Elizabeth Warren 2020 campaign can be simplified as her going from town to town selling government intervention as being the magical elixir for every problem in the world. Like any “cure-all”, her plans should be met with skepticism. Warren has promised that as president, she would lower gun violence by 80% with taxes, investigations, and new vague laws.
Warren admitted that she “might not know how to get all the way there yet. But we’ll start by implementing solutions that we believe will work.”
Elizabeth Warren threatened jail time for CEOs of gun manufacturers if their company “is found guilty of a crime or their negligence causes severe harm to American families.” She claimed that she would end the sale of “high capacity magazines”, which vary in definition, but are commonly listed as anything over ten rounds. Warren did not give any examples, but she proposed to also end the sale of “deadly gun accessories.” Elizabeth Warren believes that citizens should trust how the government interprets and uses these vague terms to achieve her goals.
Under Warren’s new laws, the age to purchase a gun would be raised to 21. This would mean that if the government wants to train an 18-year-old to fight and kill in other countries on their behalf, it will be legal for the government to arm the 18-year-old with gun, but if the same 18-year-old wants to protect themselves in their apartment as they attend college and build their own life, it would be illegal for him or her to own a gun.
As usual, Warren’s plan involves a heavy tax on those hoping to purchase guns and ammunition and claims that the money would be used for anti-gun violence programs and law enforcement. A heavy tax would only prevent poor people from exercising their 2nd amendment right. Many poor people live in cities with high crime rates, where a gun is an important method of self-defense, and this plan would only leave them less safe.
Warren posted part of her plan Instagram:
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Gun violence is a public health crisis. It’s easy to despair when our government refuses to act. But we are not incapable of solving big problems. Today, I’m sharing my plan to protect our communities from gun violence. Tragedies like the shootings we witnessed in El Paso and Dayton capture our attention and dominate the conversation about gun reform. But they're just the tip of the iceberg of gun violence in America. Everyday, we lose one hundred Americans to gun violence, with hundreds more physically injured and countless more mentally and emotionally traumatized. And Black and Latinx Americans have borne the brunt of the gun violence tragedy in our country. As president, I will immediately take executive action to rein in an out-of-control gun industry—and to hold both gun dealers and manufacturers accountable for the violence promoted by their products. I will break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress by passing sweeping anti-corruption legislation—and eliminating the filibuster—so that our nation can no longer be held hostage by a small group of well-financed extremists. And I will send Congress comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation and sign it into law within my first 100 days. If we turn our heartbreak and our anger into action, I know we can take the power from the NRA and the lawmakers in their pockets and return it to the people. Read my full plan at the link in the bio.
President Trump not only fixed problems with background checks and banned bump stocks since taking office, he recently began to work with legislators on more changes.
Fox News reported on his recent tweet on the issue:
Typically gun control is an intensely partisan issue, but in the days since the shootings, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have expressed their openness to passing enhanced background checks into law.
“Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!”
Elizabeth Warren believes that the blame for any issue lies with the wealthy and that the solutions are always executed through government intervention. She unwittingly suggests she would use executive power that she would not want her opposition to wield, and therefore, should hesitate before threatening to extend the government too far into our homes – because that always seems to backfire.