Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been churning out plan after plan in her bid to be the Democrat’s nominee for president in 2020. Most of her plans are wildly ill-considered and untenable, but her latest roll-out on “gun violence prevention” is positively bone-chilling.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence by enacting a suite of new restrictions on buyers, cracking down on sellers and breaking “the (National Rifle Association’s) stranglehold on Congress” with anti-corruption legislation.
The proposal arrives as more than 15 Democratic primary candidates prepare to take turns speaking at a gun safety forum in Des Moines, Iowa, and a week after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
“The next President has a moral obligation to use whatever executive authority she has to address the gun crisis,” Warren writes in a Medium post. “But it is obvious that executive action is not enough. Durable reform requires legislation — but right now legislation is impossible. Why? A virulent mix of corruption and abuse of power.”
The details of the proposal are horrifying, but I want first to address CNN’s report about Warren’s demands of Walmart.
On Friday, Warren called on retail giant Walmart to remove firearms from its shelves.
“Companies that sell guns have a responsibility to the safety of their communities. @Walmart is one of the largest gun retailers in the world,” she tweeted. “The weapons they sell are killing their own customers and employees. No profit is worth those lives. Do the right thing—stop selling guns.”
Walmart has said it plans to remove displays for violent video games from its stores, but has no plans to further reduce its gun selection. The company does not sell assault-style rifles, a change made after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, or any weapons to people under 21 years old.
“I think it would be more effective if instead of taking down pictures of guns, they actually stopped selling guns,” Warren told reporters after an event in Iowa on Friday.
As even CNN notes, Walmart does not sell “assault-style rifles” (since 2015) or handguns (since 1993). Walmart also raised the age of the people to whom it will sell firearms to 21, despite there being no law requiring them to do so. Nor have I been able to locate any evidence that a Walmart-purchased rifle has been linked in any way to any mass shooting.
So why the push to get Walmart to stop selling guns? It’s certainly not related to stopping mass shootings. The extremist left can’t get guns banned entirely, so they want to ensure they can’t be sold to law-abiding Americans.
So far, Walmart isn’t biting.
Gun control advocacy groups hope Walmart, one of the nation’s top sellers of firearms, will reconsider its role in weapons sales in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed at least 22 people at one of its stores in El Paso, Texas.
. . . . But Walmart has no such plans, company spokesman Randy Hargrove told CBS MoneyWatch. “There is no change in any company policy,” Hargrove said. “No retailer is immune to violence,” he added of Saturday’s bloodshed, which came days after an employee shot and killed two other workers at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi.
. . . . Walmart last month said it would no longer sell guns in New Mexico after a state law took effect requiring background checks for nearly all private gun sales except antiques and between relatives. The law lets federally licensed gun sellers, including Walmart, provide background checks.
The retailer stopped selling handguns in 1993 and assault-style weapons in 2015. Three years later, after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, it hiked the minimum age for gun and ammo purchases to people 21 and older.
Walmart said in a statement at the time that its “heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.” The company, the world’s biggest retailer by revenue, doesn’t disclose its gun sales.
Radical leftists like Warren want only criminals (and the government) to have guns. Newsflash: they probably don’t get their firearms from Walmart.
As a wise friend pointed out, this attack on Walmart is not only unfounded but extremely revealing in terms of the radical left’s true plans.