Rep. Eric Swalwell probably doesn’t need to worry about earning blowback from his San Francisco Bay Area constituents for taking a hard line on gun control, but he just did the Democrats some real public relations damage with his op-ed in USA Today. Convinced that the teens from Parkland hold the nation’s consciousness in their hands, Swalwell went further than most of his fellow Democrats in calling for not only a ban on assault weapons but a national mandatory buyback enforced with the threat of arrest and prosecution.
“Reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 would prohibit manufacture and sales, but it would not affect weapons already possessed,” Swalwell wrote on Thursday. “This would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.
“Instead, 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,” he continued.
In other words, Hey guys: Republicans were telling the truth all along! We really ARE coming after your guns!
Swalwell went on to say that the Parkland activists had essentially taught him that his defense of the Second Amendment was misplaced.
“The Parkland teens have taught us there is no right more important than every student’s right to come home after class,” he said. “The right to live is supreme over any other.”
Ah, well let us know when you come up with legislation to burn that “right” into the Constitution in such a way that it is guaranteed for every student in America. Because unless you ban car accidents, stabbings, asthma attacks, peanut allergies, and the million and one other things that can result in a student’s death, then you’re just spinning pure propaganda for the simple minded. If we could effectively stop death in this country, guess what – no one would care anymore about the Second Amendment.
Normally when Democrats start talking about wild anti-gun proposals, we just laugh. But when it comes to this nebulous world of “assault weapons,” the American people are strangely receptive to the left’s lying nonsense. This is partly because most people learn everything they know about guns from sources like NBC and partly because a lot of non-gun owners just don’t care deeply enough about the Second Amendment to resist the propaganda. We need to fight back with education, common sense, and truth. We need to make non-gun owners understand why the Second Amendment is important and why banning “assault weapons” is nonsensical, unfair, and stupid.
But from a practical standpoint, we can start by explaining exactly what it would look like if a proposal like this ever went into effect. Prosecute any who choose to defy?
Eric, this isn’t going to go the way you think.