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 September 23, 2023

White House announces Gun Violence Prevention office will be led by Kamala Harris

President Joe Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris is moving on from her position as border czar and will serve as the newly created Officer of Gun Violence Prevention.

The office, created via executive order, seeks to reduce gun crimes across the nation, according to the Friday statement.

Biden's words

"‘Do something to prevent tragedy that leaves behind survivors who will always carry the physical and emotional scars,’" he said. "Well, my administration has been working relentlessly to do something."

"At the end of the day, whether they're Democrats or Republicans, they all want our families to be safe," he later added.

Harris speaks

"Because you marched, organized, and voted, we passed the most significant gun safety legislation in 30 years," Harris shared in a video on social media.

"But let's be clear — we have more work to do. Today, I am proud to share that I will oversee the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention," she noted.

Politically motivated?

"The timing of the White House announcement comes as Biden’s presidential reelection campaign heats up, presenting the president and Harris with a fresh opportunity to generate enthusiasm among youth voters," Politico reported.

"Beyond the latest action on guns, Biden also delivered wins for both climate and immigration advocates this week," it claimed.

Others have expressed concern over choosing Harris to lead the effort after her lack of progress as Biden's border czar.

Since Biden entered office, record numbers of migrant crossings have been recorded as the border crisis has only grown in recent weeks. Over 10,000 daily crossings have been recorded many days over the past week, including a state of emergency at Eagle Pass, Texas, which has been overwhelmed with migrants.

Biden and Harris may see the move as necessary to claim a win on reducing gun violence ahead of the 2024 election but many may view it as another weak effort from Democrats that could hurt the Biden reelection campaign next year.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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