President Joe Biden’s pick of Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the newly-announced federal Office of Gun Violence Prevention brings with it the revelation that two veteran anti-gunners will be involved, along with a longtime Biden aide “with expertise on firearms issues.”
Published reports say White House Staff Secretary Stefanie Feldman will be involved, along with Greg Jackson, executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund, and Rob Wilcox, senior director for federal government affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety, according to a story in the Washington Post.
That news brought a bristling reaction from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“I am appalled that Joe Biden is putting the gun prohibition lobby on the White House payroll,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said. “I know that many pro-gun rights members of Congress are working on legislation to prohibit funding for this obnoxious scheme.”
According to the Associated Press, “Harris, a former prosecutor and state attorney general, has years of experience on the issue and was the natural fit to lead the effort, White House officials said.”
While she was California attorney general, Harris was sued by the Second Amendment Foundation.
There was no small amount of sarcasm about the Harris appointment during the weekend Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix. The prevailing opinion—considering her less-than-stellar performance as Biden’s “border czar”—was that the new assignment will also produce lackluster results.
According to a report at the Daily Mail, Harris “is viewed as the worst vice president in decades, according to an exclusive poll for DailyMail.com, as pressure grows on Joe Biden to pick a new running mate for the 2024 election.”
Writing at the New York Post, Rich Lowry observed that Harris is “the worst (vice presidential) pick in half a century and easily one of the worst in the last 80 years.” He refers to a new NBC News poll pitting Joe Biden against Donald Trump, noting how both are “abidingly unpopular,” and how Harris “is right there with them.”
“At 31%,” says Lowry, “her positive rating is lower than both of theirs, and her negative rating, 51%, is higher than Biden’s.”
The story Daily Mail quoted one pollster who asserted that many voters see Harris as incompetent, so it may be questionable about whether the Gun Violence Prevention effort will actually accomplish anything.