Eric Swalwell, a Democratic candidate for President, hates guns. The only thing he hates more than guns are people that refuse to hand guns over. In fact, his hatred for gun owners runs so deep that he’s willing to go to war over them, setting him apart from fellow advocates of an assault weapons ban. Not only is he willing to kill you over guns, but he is willing to level entire towns over “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.” Yet, he thinks that the right to life is supreme, with every other right falling below it (unless you’re a fetus). As Democratic candidates struggle to find their breakout moment on a crowded debate stage, it shouldn’t be too hard for Swalwell to garner attention with his message of war, death, and pistols of mass destruction.
The Man, The Myth, The Murderer: Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell is currently a member of the House of Representatives, representing California’s 15th district. Elected in 2012, Swalwell has never kept his opinions hidden from the public.
On his Twitter, Swalwell is just like every other politician and shares his opinion with the world. Unlike other politicians, however, he tends to not hold back, which can be a respectable trait. However, when the American people express their feelings of distrust towards the government and gun confiscation, Swalwell has only one thing to say: “The government has nukes.”
And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 16, 2018
It’s a relief to know that our government would kill us in the name of stopping gun violence. As previously mentioned, Swalwell wants to outlaw “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.” This term is more common abroad, and in American politics, those guns are “assault weapons.”
What’s an Assault Weapon?
There is no concrete federal definition of assault weapons. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 did provide a federal definition for “semiautomatic assault weapons.”
The ban applied to semi-automatic rifles if they had detachable magazines and two or more of the following: folding stocks, pistol grips, bayonets, flash suppressors, and grenade launchers.
The ban applied to semi-automatic pistols if they had detachable magazines and two or more of the following: magazines outside of the grip, a threaded barrel, a barrel shroud, an unloaded weight of 50 oz. or more, and a fully-automatic modification.
Lastly, the ban applied to semi-automatic shotguns if they had two or more of the following: folding stocks, pistol grips, and detachable magazines.
While the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, it had a concrete definition that could be reinstated. However, there is a significant distinction between Swalwell and the Ban: the Ban allowed Americans to keep their guns.
Furthermore, Swalwell, while on CNN, stated that Americans have nothing to fear, as you can “keep your pistols, keep your long rifles, keep your shotguns.” Yet, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban had circumstances where the ban was applied to pistols and shotguns.
Swalwell is Hungry for Guns
Eric Swalwell believes that, if the Federal Assault Weapons Ban was reinstated, assault weapons would have to be taken out of the hands of Americans. He suggests a gun buy-back program but states that prosecution will have to occur if Americans refuse. If Americans choose to resist, as @Rambobiggs suggested in the previous tweet, then Swalwell would turn to a violent confrontation with the average gun-owning American as his response suggests.
It is slightly contradictory of Eric Swalwell to state that the right to life is supreme and then to turn around and suggest that nukes would be used against American citizens if they chose to disobey their government. But when there are more than twenty candidates vying to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, suggesting a war against your constituents is a surefire way to get your name to stand out among the rest.
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