Kamala Harris Discusses Second Amendment, SCOTUS, Abortion in Democrats’ Last-Ditch Attempt to Energize Base

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As the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning the power back to states, the Biden administration is looking to take advantage of the ruling and rile up the Democrats to turn out in large numbers on November 8.


Vice President Kamala Harris encouraged voters to cast their ballots in the 2022 midterm election for pro-choice candidates to form a “pro-choice Congress,” in a new interview that aired Sunday.

On CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Harris said the Supreme Court ruling gave states the power to restrict or ban abortion.

“So what does this mean? … It means that we’re looking at elections coming up in 120-something days, they’re going to be about who serves in Congress and we need a pro-choice Congress.”

Harris honed in the point that local elections are equally as important as federal elections.

“You don’t have to advocate or believe that this is right for you or your family, but don’t let the government make the decision for her family, whoever she may be … It means state offices, governors, secretaries of state, attorneys general. It means local races, who’s going to be your DA, who’s going to be your sheriff, enforcing laws that are being passed to criminalize medical health providers, and maybe even the women who seek the service.”


Harris is right about that. Local elections in some cities and states mean more than federal elections. However, Harris endorsed George Gascon, one of, if not the most, incompetent district attorneys in the country. He failed to do his job in San Francisco, and he has let down victims and their families in Los Angeles.

Harris notes that she and her fellow Democrats thought the abortion issue was settled, and that is why the Supreme Court decision has startled and jolted the nation.

“We certainly believe that certain issues are just settled. Certain issues are just settled … And that’s why I do believe that we are living, sadly, in real unsettled times.”

She added that the Supreme Court ruling sparked a “deep sense of outrage” among Americans.

“Sit back and think about that for a moment. The highest court in our land just took a constitutional right that was recognized for women to make decisions about their own bodies … And so now we are looking at a situation where the government can tell a person in our country what they can and cannot do with their own body. You don’t have to agree that you want to or would advocate that your loved one would have an abortion to agree that the government should not be making that decision for any individual woman.”

Harris went on to criticize Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh for “misleading” the Senators on the judiciary committee.


“I start from the point of experience of having served in the Senate. I never believed them … I didn’t believe them. So I voted against.”

The Democratic base seems energized to vote for pro-choice candidates in November; however, many Americans also feel the weight of inflation and gas prices. Everyday kitchen table issues are what the average voter is concerned about, as we previously reported.

Harris also addressed the Second Amendment and gun violence:

“In terms of the issue of gun violence, well, I mean, let’s just talk about that in terms of what it means here in the United States — I was a prosecutor. I have looked at autopsy photographs, I have prosecuted homicide cases and when you meet with first responders, when you meet with families of these victims, you cannot avoid the reality of what the impact of this gun violence is on a community, on families, on people who- who love their community, who love their family member, and assault weapons.

So let’s just go right to that assault weapons. Assault weapons were specifically and intentionally designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly. It is a weapon of war. If you’ve ever looked at, if I may be so blunt, an autopsy photograph to see what it does to the human body and the fact that we can’t get Congress to renew — it’s not like we’re pulling something out of our hat, we’ve done it before as a nation — to renew the assault weapons ban, is outrageous.

And you can support the Second Amendment, I support the Second Amendment, but we should agree we should not have weapons of war on the streets of America. In that case, well known, sadly, a toddler lost both his parents. When I got to the scene, I was greeted by the mayor and- and the chief and the first responders who told me that story. I- and I can’t even imagine what this is going to mean for the life of that child.”


Harris has stated several times that she is a gun owner and supports the Second Amendment, but she does not think weapons of war should be on the streets.

She also visited Highland Park, Illinois, following the shooting that took place at a Fourth of July parade:

“I did. And- you know, I was there within about 24 hours of that tragic act of extreme violence, and I made a point of spending time with the first responders and talked with them about what they’ve witnessed, the absolute tragedy of it all.”

The Democrats will look to build momentum ahead of the midterm elections, but if inflation and gas prices aren’t contained, there will likely be a Red Wave come November.


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