Despite record-high sales of firearms to members of both sides of the partisan aisle, a certain US Congressman from California is urging for one of the most draconian gun bans yet.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, who is known for his staunch dislike of firearms, Swalwell penned an op-ed in Newsweek, claiming that the country would simply be safer without guns in the hands of citizens.
“It’s been more than two years since I first called for a ban and national mandatory buyback of all military-style assault weapons, and the body count has only continued to rise since then,” he wrote.“Americans will be safer if our communities are once and for all free from weapons of war.”
Referencing other nations as a guideline, Swalwell listed off a series of incidents where foreign nations capitulated to the cries of gun control advocates, and listed a series of incidents from the past two years.
At one point Swalwell effectively denounced Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was forced to open fire when he was pursued and attacked by several rioters during the August unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Swalwell, of course, painted Rittenhouse in a darker and more accusatory light, a mistake recently made by the Biden campaign- one that put them in the sights of Rittenhouse’s high-powered lawyers.
“In August, a teenager illegally carrying an AR-15-style rifle went 20 miles, crossing a state line to play vigilante; Kyle Rittenhouse found the trouble he was looking for, killing two people and injuring another,” he wrote.
Using the political term “Assault Weapon,” which is deliberately vague and can apply to virtually any firearm, Swalwell appealed for a strict and rather authoritarian approach to taking weapons away from American citizens.
“So in May 2019, I introduced the Freedom from Assault Weapons Act,” he wrote. “My bill builds upon assault weapon bans that have been introduced previously in Congress, defining assault weapons in the same way. But it would not ‘grandfather in’ weapons already in circulation; instead, after a period in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would develop a price, ATF would buy back the banned guns from people or businesses. All guns bought back would be destroyed.”
According to Swalwell, “Owners would have two years in which to sell their weapons in the buyback program; after that, the possession, sale and transfer of these banned assault weapons would become illegal and subject to criminal prosecution.”
Swalwell also demanded a firearms registry and other measures, all of which have proven to range from “unpopular” to “unthinkable” in the majority of American states.
“Spare us the pearl-clutching about constitutional freedoms. We’re a joke if we don’t consider the right to survive supreme over any other, and we can defend our own lives and homes perfectly well without weapons designed for mass killing,” he wrote.
The congressman is rather infamous for implying to a netizen that any resistance would be “a short war,” pointing out that the “government has nukes.”
Swalwell later claimed he was joking, but only after considerable public backlash.
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