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Kamala Harris takes on new role to regulate guns
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US Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday took on a new role in preventing gun violence, likely to give her even more visibility before the 2024 election.
The 58-year-old Democrat will supervise the new “Office for the Prevention of Gun Violence” wanted by Joe Biden, an organization with a coordinating role but without binding powers.
“It does not There is no freedom when you don't feel safe,” Kamala Harris said in a statement.
“We can't waste another minute, we can't waste another more lives” as the United States is “torn apart” by gun violence, she added during a speech at the White House.
“After each killing, we hear a simple message, the same throughout the country (..) Do something, please do something,” stressed the American president.
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Joe Biden does not have the power to limit the number of firearms in circulation, for example by banning assault rifles as he would like to do, because it is a prerogative of Congress.
But the Republicans, fiercely opposed to any regulation, in fact have a power of veto.
Joe Biden is therefore trying to get around the problem through administrative and regulatory initiatives, of limited scope.
His decision to entrust the supervision of this new body to Kamala Harris nevertheless remains significant, at a little more than one year before the presidential election, in which the 80-year-old Democrat and the vice-president are already candidates, on the same “ticket”.
The vice-president has so far been in charge of political issues complicated matters such as immigration. With the issue of firearms, this former California prosecutor sees her role expand in the campaign for the 2024 presidential election.
First woman to become vice-president, and also first representative in this position of both African-Americans and Asian-Americans, she recently embarked on a “defending our freedoms” tour in several American universities.
She has the more often been received with enthusiasm, contrasting with the low popularity with which polls credit it.