Vice President Kamala Harris has a new role and given the context of that gig, we can only hope she approaches it with the same effectiveness she has displayed as border czar.
President Biden will formally announce the “first-ever” White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention during a Rose Garden event Friday and Harris has been tapped to lead the effort, according to the White House.
(The move is more about attracting the youth vote in 2024 than addressing gun violence, as there are a myriad of laws already on the books for that — the great irony here is that Democratic prosecutors often skirt those laws with their criminal-friendly policies.)
Boasting that he has “taken more executive action than any President in history to keep communities safe,” Biden stressed that more steps are needed when it comes to disarming Americans in the quest to keep them “safe.”
“That’s why I’m announcing additional steps forward, with the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, overseen by Vice President Harris, to build upon these measures and keep Americans safe,” the president said in a statement.
Longtime Biden aide Stefanie Feldman will serve as director of the new office. Rob Wilcox, the senior director for federal government affairs at liberal billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, will report to Feldman as deputy director, along with Greg Jackson, executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund.
“Every person and every child deserves the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and live up to their God-given potential. Every family, in every community, should have the freedom to live and to thrive. We know true freedom is not possible if people are not safe,” the vice president said in a statement. “This epidemic of gun violence requires urgent leadership to end the fear and trauma that Americans experience every day.”
“The new Office of Gun Violence Prevention will play a critical role in implementing President Biden’s and my efforts to reduce violence to the fullest extent under the law,” Harris said, “while also engaging and encouraging Congressional leaders, state and local leaders, and advocates to come together to build upon the meaningful progress that we have made to save lives. Our promise to the American people is this: we will not stop working to end the epidemic of gun violence in every community, because we do not have a moment, nor a life to spare.”
Natalie Fall, Executive Director of March For Our Lives. made it clear that the office — which is funded by the taxpayers, whose Second Amendment rights are under attack — is just one tool in the ultimate quest to take your guns.
“This is a great day for youth activism and a big step forward for gun safety,” Fall said in a statement. “We’ve called for this office for so many years because we know it will be a critical tool in our toolbox to end gun violence. The federal government has significant resources, in talent and treasure, to tackle the root causes of gun violence. For the first time, we have significant funding at the federal level to tackle gun violence and dozens of evidence-based programs that have been deployed over the years. We need someone to coordinate all of that and advise the President on how to cut through the red tape and take urgent action on gun violence.”
Shannon Watts, founder emerita of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, called the office a very big deal.”
“If this announcement is, in fact, the creation of a single point of leadership on gun violence in the administration, it’s a very big deal for the movement,” Watts said in a statement.
“For years, we’ve advocated for a centralized team responsible for coordinating federal and state resources and mobilizing movement partners,” she added. “A governmental focal point dedicated to creating a framework for overseeing national policy, research and resources would be more than symbolic — it would be a significant turning point for the movement.”
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