Though it hasn’t quite been at the forefront of discussion like in previous election cycles, the issue of the Second Amendment and gun control is still a hot topic being debated between the right and left.
The issue of gun control — namely a Democrat-desired and misnomered “assault weapons” ban on semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 — eventually came to the fore when Georgia’s Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joined the ladies of ABC’s “The View” for an interview on Tuesday.
Conservative-leaning co-host Meghan McCain challenged Abrams on her anti-gun positions, and noted, “You have been endorsed by Everytown (for Gun Safety), which is an anti-gun organization, (former New York City Mayor) Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group as well. You say you’re ‘proud’ to have an ‘F’ rating from the (National Rifle Association).”
“Michael Bloomberg and others like him, in the wake of what happened in Pittsburgh, support taking away the AR-15 — which is the most popular rifle in America — away from people. Do you, like Everytown, support banning the AR-15?” McCain asked.
“So let’s be clear: I’m not anti-gun,” Abrams replied, as she shared how she had learned to shoot trap and targets as a child in Mississippi, prior to suggesting she simply wanted to ensure that only “responsible” people were allowed to own firearms.
“That’s why I believe in a background check, I believe in a three-day waiting period, I believe that those who commit domestic violence and stalking should not have access to weapons,” said Abrams.
News flash: There already are background checks, numerous states have already implemented waiting periods for firearm purchases, and individuals convicted of domestic violence and stalking are already prohibited by law from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
Abrams continued, “I do not believe that weapons of mass destruction like the AR-15 belong in civilian hands.” As the partisan audience cheered loudly, McCain asked, “Do you think they should be banned?” to which Abrams replied, “I do, I think they should be prohibited from civilian use.”
“I’ve shot an AR-15, and I think you probably have too, and while it’s an amazing amount of power, it also is an amazing amount of destruction, and there is very little that can be done to protect vulnerable communities when the AR-15 is present,” Abrams said.
McCain said, “I do appreciate your honesty, and I assume that by banning it, you’d be rounding them up … Will you be rounding them up from civilians in Georgia that own it?”
That is when the forthright honesty of Abrams ended and she began the typical politician’s dance around the question, referencing the previous “assault weapons ban” in the U.S. and how it should be implemented once again, with a “conversation on how that is accomplished,” before pushing back against the obvious insinuation that she doesn’t support the gun rights enshrined in the Second Amendment.
“It is possible to believe in responsible gun ownership and to believe that there should be regulations on that,” said Abrams, prior to fearmongering about how people can’t go anywhere anymore without fearing for their lives from a potential mass shooter with an AR-15.
McCain replied once again, “I appreciate your honesty that you want to ban them.” You can watch the segment right here:
Abrams’ answers to McCain’s questions were a bit alarming, not so much because she straight-up admitted that she wants to ban AR-15s — she is in good company with many fellow Democrats on that measure — but in how she astutely avoided answering whether she would support the confiscation of said rifles.
Typically, politicians only avoid answering questions directly when they’d prefer the average American voter remain ignorant of their true position on an issue, meaning Abrams most likely would support confiscating AR-15s, but knows admitting as much would hurt her chances with Georgia voters.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the Georgia Governor race, pro-gun Republican Brian Kemp holds a slim 1.4 point lead over Abrams in a state that has been designated as a “toss up,” meaning it is imperative that every pro-Second Amendment voter in Georgia make it to the polls to ensure Abrams never gets the chance to try to ban and confiscate popular semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Abrams and Kemp were facing off in the Georgia Senate race, when in fact they are running for Georgia governor. We apologize to our readers for this mistake.
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