Showdown on the Second Amendment: Harris Calls for Ban on “Assault Weapons”

We recently discussed how President Joe Biden has not only repeated false statements about the history of the Second Amendment, but has failed to acknowledge the limits imposed by the Second Amendment in calling for a crackdown on “assault weapons.” He recently has not, however, called specifically for a ban, which would run into serious constitutional challenges. Now Vice President Kamala Harris has taken that step forward in demanding a ban on “assault weapons.” (Notably, this week, a Republican house member also came out in favor of a ban on “assault weapons.”)

Politicians often use the term “assault weapon” to refer to the AR-15 and similar models of firearms.  These civilian models are not automatic weapons (which are illegal for sale for most citizens). As discussed earlier, the AR-15 is the most popular gun in America and the number is continuing to rise rapidly, with one AR-15 purchased in every five new firearms sales. These AR-15s clearly are not being purchased for armored deer. Many are purchased for personal and home protection; it also is popular for target shooting and hunting. Many gun owners like the AR-15 because it is modular; depending on the model, you can swap out barrels, bolts and high-capacity magazines, or add a variety of accessories. While it does more damage than a typical handgun, it is not the most powerful gun sold in terms of caliber; many guns have equal or greater calibre.

Nevertheless, Vice President Harris declared this  a”weapon of war” that has “no place in civil society.” What followed would appear to push beyond where President Biden left the issue as a criticism as opposed to a call for an outright ban: “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. Let’s have an assault weapons ban.”

In boarding Air Force 2 after attending one of the funerals in Texas, Harris told the press “You know what an assault weapon is? You know how an assault weapon was designed? It was designed for a specific purpose – to kill a lot of human beings quickly. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in a civil society.”

I have previously written about the failure of politicians to acknowledge the limits posed by the Second Amendment and controlling case law. While there are good-faith objections to how the Second Amendment has been interpreted, the current case law makes such bans very difficult to defend. In 2008, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, recognizing the Second Amendment as encompassing an individual right to bear arms.

The effort to ban AR-15s often fails to clearly distinguish the weapons from other semi-automatic weapons in terms of calibre or rate of fire. There are also obvious practical problems. With an estimated 393 million guns in the United States and an estimated 72 million gun owners; three out of ten Americans say they have guns. Indeed, gun ownership rose during the pandemic. When former Texas congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke declared, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15,” he was widely celebrated on the left. However, even seizing that one type of gun would require confiscation of as many as 15 million weapons.

Notably, O’Rourke previously walked back his declaration that he was coming for everyone’s AR-15s when he declared his candidacy for the Texas governorship. He recently switched back to his earlier position after the massacre and his controversial appearance at a press conference with local officials.

Efforts to ban this model already have failed in the courts on constitutional grounds, though litigation is continuing on that issue. Most recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a California ban on adults under 21 from purchasing semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15.

The Supreme Court has a pending Second Amendment case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, that is likely to further strengthen gun rights this term.

Politicians have often ignored such precedent in pushing legislation that is likely to fail in the courts. The result is that liberal cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., have created precedent against gun control efforts.

With almost 400 million guns in the country, politicians do not want to admit that no legislative measure is likely to stop such massacres by loners like the Texas gunman. He likely could have killed the same number of victims with a semi-automatic handgun. Those are questions that will be asked by courts in any challenge to a ban pursued by the Biden Administration. However, there are things that we can do like address the lack of funding for mental illness treatments in this country. That will require politicians who are willing to work on the basis of the realities rather than the rhetoric surrounding this national crisis.

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  1. One other small detail that is being overlooked…This is something I didn’t know about until recently. I guess this kind of information just isn’t being highlighted . I knew that the pharma drug connection existed, but I didn’t know that John Noveske was murdered most likely because he posted a connection between PRESCRIPTION DRUGS and shooters. Back in 2013 he posted on his Facebook page a list of 45 shootings and the drugs the shooters were all on.

    February 13, 2013

    List of 45 different Murders including some mass murders and Pharma Drugs they were on

    February 13, 2013. One month ago, and only three weeks after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, two well-known 2nd Amendment activists were found mysteriously murdered on two different rural roads on two different sides of the country. One of them, firearms manufacturer John Noveske, had posted one final warning on his Facebook page. It was a list of all the recent mass shootings, the kids responsible and the Big Pharma drugs they were taking. Within days, he was dead. Here is his list.

    Below is John Noveske’s final Facebook post before his body was found on a rural Oregon road last month.

    John Noveske’s company is one of the most celebrated rifle manufacturers in America. His firearms are widely considered to be some of the finest pieces of American-made hardware in the industry. In the days and weeks following the horrible tragedy in Newtown, CT and the frenzied call for gun control across the nation, many gun owners began to feel increasingly threatened.

    But Noveske, one of the country’s foremost gun experts, had quickly become an expert in something else – Big Pharma drugs and their connection to mass shootings. While America’s corporate-owned news outlets invested hundreds of millions of dollars in broadcast air time to ceaselessly blame firearms for the skyrocketing number of mass killings, Noveske and millions of others noticed something else, something the media outlets funded by Big Pharma refuse to disclose for fear of upsetting their largest advertisers – all the people who carried out the bloody massacres were under the influence of pharmaceutical drugs.

    Noveske took the results of his research to Facebook. There, he posted a detailed list of 45 of the most recent mass murders carried out by teenagers, young adults and even some small children. He also documented the exact pharmaceutical drugs each killer was taking at the time. As fate would have it, that would be the last Facebook post John Noveske would ever make. One week later on January 4, 2013, his lifeless body was found on the side of a rural Oregon road.

    Here is the list published by John Noveske of mass murderers and the pharmaceutical drugs they were prescribed at the time of the killings. Many gun owners and critics of the pharmaceutical industry believe it wasn’t a dark, winding road that cost Noveske his life. They believe it was the publishing of this list.

    The last post John Noveske ever made on his Facebook page before he was killed.

    -Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

    -Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

    -Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

    -Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

    -Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

    -Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

    -Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

    -Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

    -A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand-off at his school.

    -Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded.

    -A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

    -Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

    -TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

    -Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

    -James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

    -Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania.

    -Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California.

    -Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

    -Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

    -Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

    -Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

    -Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide. But two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

    -Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

    -Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

    -Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

    -Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”).

    -Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002
    (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself).

    -Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

    -Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

    -Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

    -Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

    -A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

    -Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

    -Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

    -Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

    -Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

    -Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

    -Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

    “The news shouldn’t be left wing or right wing, conservative or liberal. It should be the news. It should be independent” – Mark Wachtler, Whiteout Press founder

    Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds:

    -What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az?

    -What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado?

    -What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas, Or?

    -What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct?

    *Roberts is the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.

    **End post**

    This was John Noveske’s final Facebook post. Again, within a week, his lifeless body was found on a rural road. Keep in mind, the above information was compiled by one amateur researcher. The true cost of unnecessary pharmaceutical drugs on American society, and the list of additional unexplained killings, is unquestionably much, much longer.

  2. Any time you hear the bulls**t that the media and government talking heads have to say about mass shootings, and want YOU to turn in your semi automatic rifles, remember this…SEVENTEEN little children and a total of SEVENTY NINE people died in WACO Texas at the hands of the psychopathic control freaks that run this country. And THEY were armed with FULL AUTO weapons as they assaulted a church full of people on some horseshit pretext. If that isn’t a good enough reason to have an AR 15, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS!

  3. To great headlines, Democrats trot out old reliable, Kamala “Barack thinks she’s hot” Harris, to garner outrage and exploit the Uvalde tragedy for their political ends. Yet the shocking drumbeat of murders among blacks is largely ignored by the Democrats and their media allies.

    Did you know that, over just the last twelve months, 604 black people were the victims of homicide in the progressive paradise that was once the great city of Chicago? Here are the names and ages of Chicago’s black homicide victims so far in the month of May:

    Jeremy Benson, age 33. Derrick Washington, age 29. Carl King, age 38. Brandon Foley, age 32. Bruce O’Neil, age 27. Rashaun Johnson, age 21. Cortez Barber, age 17. Antonio Wade, age 30. Anthony Allen, age 31. Cliff Lee Williams, age 20. Kiyasha Truitt, age 21. Cedric Myles, age 36. Brian Henderson, age 40. Emmanuel Scott, age 19. Allen Woodard, age 34. Seandell Holliday, age 16. Jalen Mims, age 17. Antonique Alexander, age 16. Turon Taylor, age 33. Jere Buford, age 33. Jessica Hudson, age 21. Devel Jones, age 34. Antwan Gee, age 35. Marquita Davis, age 27. Charles Mondane, age 20. Jayarion Huddleston, age 20. Brandon Slater, age 26. Larry Purnell, age 64. Melody Joiner, age 42. Marryanne McCoy, age 33. Jamarion Loston, age 22. Jarell Watkins, age 34. Corey Xavier Finley, age 32. Chaundry Gentry, age 25. Brittany Nicole Kinlow, age 23. Jaylen Perkins, age 19. Kejaun Carter, age 18.

    This is the untold story progressive racism. All lives matter.

    1. Their murders don’t count because the murderers don’t threaten the status quo poly tick shun. But when you keep poking the killer bee nest, eventually they are going to come out and sting your ass big time, so that is why they want our stingers.

  4. You are such a piece of work, Turley. You accuse Biden and Harris of making “false statements” about the Second Amendment, based on nothing but your opinion purchased by Fox: “President Joe Biden on Wednesday repeated a claim about the Second Amendment that some of us have repeatedly challenged as untrue.” (quote from the link to a prior piece). “Some of us have repeatedly challenged as untrue”(when referring to the Second Amendment) doesn’t MAKE it untrue, and you DO know better Turley, as the following comment proves: “[w]hile there are good-faith objections to how the Second Amendment has been interpreted…” . So, later you admit that those who disagree are acting in “good faith”.

    Here’s the deal: you KNOW the faithful disciples don’t notice the little qualifiers outlined above. What they DO notice is that you, using your credentials, called Joe Biden and Kamala Harries liars. That’s part of your Fox assignment: use your credibility and credentials to attack Biden, Harris and Democrats based on a difference of opinion you categorize as lies. You’re just another Fox pundit, Turley.

    1. You are such a piece of work, Turley. You accuse Biden and Harris of making “false statements” about the Second Amendment, based on nothing but your opinion purchased by Fox: “President Joe Biden on Wednesday repeated a claim about the Second Amendment that some of us have repeatedly challenged as untrue.”

      That impecable legal background might have something to do with it, too, but hey rant away. I like a good freak show.

        1. So basically you are saying that inanimate objects have some magical power toward violence if they are built in the right configuration? So…..if I own an F-16 fighter jet, I am MORE likely to use it in a terrorist act than if I own a Piper Cub? I mean what you ARE saying that there MUST be some influence a powerful weapon has over a person’s mental stability and propensity for violence. I want to see the data on that. But you might have a point after all – Britain got rid of guns and GUN crime went down. Now they are talking knife bans.

          US data show that when children are raised in fatherless homes they are 279% MORE likely to engage in gun violence and drugs. Our Texas shooter came from a broken home, drug addict mother, was an animal abuser (common childhood indicator of psychopathy),
          prior mental health encounters, rap sheet. Fits the pattern. Blacks represent just 13% of the population but 56% of murder victims. Blacks also have a 70% single mother birth rate. Also fits the pattern. Why don’t we start THERE?

          Always treating the symptoms, not the disease – you can count on progressives for that every time.

    2. Natacha,

      What are you doing here today? I would think a drag queen story time person like you would be busy hauling 1st & 2nd graders to fag cruse bars all day.

      & you people will play hell getting the 1st/2nd or any of those original 10 “Rights”.

    3. OK, Natacha, let’s see your actual research, legal and factual, on the subject. Please provide sources and legal precedents to support your positions.

    4. Joe and Kamala ARE liars.

      We all know they want to do what Dicktator Castreaux just did in Canada.

    5. There is no “good faith” coming from Dems or the Left. None. They fully intend to do what DICKtator Castro Jr. just did in Canada, if they could get away with it.

      Castro Jr. also “indefinitely extended” the travel ban for unvaccinated Canadians. Why Castreaux, there is *no* emergency? Just following orders from Klaus Schwab?

      Pray for all the Canadians who did not get out of the country before their dicktator’s crackdown. What a disgrace Castro Jr. is.

      1. 5/30/22 Trudeau: “It will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada.”

        “As of January 15, 2022, all foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada unless otherwise exempt, according to the government.
        Notable exemptions are included for unvaccinated new permanent residents, refugees, temporary foreign workers in agriculture or food-processing occupations, asylum claimants, and some minors under the age of 18.”

        *None of what Castro Jr. is doing is based on “science” and it even goes against WHO recommedations.
        *All of the above is precisely why we have the 2A here in U.S. and you will never take it away.

        1. Unvaxxed Canadians cannot board a plane or train anywhere within the country. The travel ban remains “indefinitely in place” despite there not being any “emergency.”

          Unvaxxed Canadians may travel private air, train, or car. No public transport. Covid vaxx mandatory. Few exceptions. (You know, like illegal aliens and such)

          And now, Castro Jr. has come for the guns.

          Pray for Canada.

    6. So the author calling liars liars is somehow WRONG?? OK, so exactly WHAT WAS THE REASON for the 2nd Amendment? Tell us, you probably know better then the rest of us.

    1. If that 10yr old girl had had a loaded AR15 instead of an so called “Smart Phone” dialing 911 for help she might still be alive alike the women that took out the other Nut Job a couple of days ago & saved all those other unArmed people.

  5. The language that people speak in whatever region is irrelevant. Why do people keep bringing this up as if it’s such a great point when it really isn’t? Can England reclaim America because America is an English-speaking region? Can Spain and Portugual reclaim South America because Spanish and Portuguese are spoken there? It’s absurd, and I feel embarrassed for people who bring up such an absurd point as if it has real validity.

  6. If Russia wants to act like Nazi Germany, then it should be bombed like Nazi Germany.

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