We’ll give Rep. Eric Swalwell credit for one thing and one thing only: He’s willing to go on Fox News and other forms of conservative media, proving that he’s got a little more swagger than most of his fellow Democrats, who avoid conservative outlets like they might carry an infectious disease.
But that’s about as far as our respect for Swalwell goes – certainly, he’s done little to distinguish himself in Congress. And frankly, even his forays into Fox News territory may speak more to his insatiable thirst for the limelight than to any real desire to spread his liberal message to a new audience. This guy craves publicity like none other.
Swalwell has been second only to his colleague Adam Schiff when it comes to disseminating fake news about the Trump/Russia Collusion Conspiracy, but that’s not what he’s basing his presidential campaign on. No, he’s instead going to another well-tapped Democrat vein: Gun control. The man who once mused that the federal government could nuke gun owners who did not comply with confiscation orders is ready to take his platform national.
On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned Swalwell about his proposals.
“So, gun control is the central plank in your campaign,” Tapper said. “You wrote last year — quote – ‘We should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons. We should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law. And we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.’ Criminal prosecution for keeping assault weapons. What’s the punishment for people who don’t hand in their guns? Do they go to jail?”
“Well, Jake, they would,” the California Democrat admitted. “But I also offer an alternative, which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range. And the reason I have proposed this is because these weapons are so devastating. I have seen this as a prosecutor in the cases that I’ve prosecuted. We have seen these in the school shootings, from Sandy Hook to Parkland. And I was just at Parkland earlier this week doing a town hall there.
“But it’s not just the violence that they have caused,” Swalwell continued. “It’s the fear, the immeasurable fear, that our children live in, because they are still on our streets. I want to get rid of that fear. I want to do what Australia did and New Zealand just recently did. I think this issue just needs some bold leadership to do it.”
Yeah, well, it’s not up to Swalwell and his “bold leadership” to imprison people for exercising their Second Amendment rights – rights that shall not be infringed. Not by mass confiscation and not by some lame half-measure like being forced to store your AR-15 at the local gun range. At the very least, presidential candidates should have to show fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. Swalwell fails even this basic test.