CALIFORNIA — Democrats wasted no time giving us a preview of what’s to come now that they are going to be running Congress next year. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) wants to take away what he called “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” from legal gun owners.
Rep. Swalwell would like to use big government to accomplish his goal and wrote an op-ed for USA Today to explain. He cited everything from Australia, the killing of Gary Jackson with an AK-47 in Oakland California, to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting for wanting the ban. Rep. Swalwell wrote, Via USA Today,
“After a man used military-style weapons to kill 35 people in April 1996, that nation adopted strict new measures and bought back 643,726 newly illegal rifles and shotguns at market value. The cost — an estimated $230 million in U.S. dollars at the time — was funded by a temporary 0.2% tax levy on national health insurance.
“America won’t get off that cheaply. Gun ownership runs so deep that we don’t even know how many military-style semiautomatic rifles are in U.S. civilian hands.
“Based on manufacturing figures and other indirect data, there could be 15 million assault weapons out there. If we offer $200 to buy back each weapon — as many local governments have — then it would cost about $3 billion; at $1,000 each, the cost would be about $15 billion.
“It’s no small sum. But let’s put it in context.
“The federal government is spending an estimated $4 trillion this year; $15 billion would be 0.375% of that, not that we must spend it all in one year.”
Rep. Swalwell also wrote,
“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. 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. The ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.”
So, there you have it, folks, if you don’t ‘abide,’ he wants to throw your ass in jail! Typical gun grabber! National Rifle Association spokeswoman, Dana Loesch picked up on Swalwell’s op-ed and tweeted,
High ranking Democrat Eric Swalwell calls for confiscation of semi-automatic rifles using $15billion of taxpayer dollars to do it and proposes criminally prosecuting those who don’t participate: https://t.co/tBzZXztkIU #2A
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 16, 2018
“High ranking Democrat Eric Swalwell calls for confiscation of semi-automatic rifles using $15billion of taxpayer dollars to do it and proposes criminally prosecuting those who don’t participate:”
Somebody apparently thought that Loesch was lying in her tweet. Remarkably, Rep. Swalwell retweeted Loesch’s tweet and said,
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 16, 2018
“She’s not lying. We should ban assault weapons by buying them back or restricting them to ranges/clubs. #EnoughIsEnough”
Several users responded to both tweets like BigKahunaFl who tweeted,
I STILL don't understand how you politicians thin you can "BUY BACK' something you've never purchased!?!
— BigKahunaFL (@BigKahunaFL) November 16, 2018
“I STILL don’t understand how you politicians thin you can “BUY BACK’ something you’ve never purchased!?!”
User Jeremy B tweeted,
Thanks, I was on the fence about buying a new AR, but you’ve convinced me to buy two! Your stance is only going to drive more sales.
— Jeremy B (@Geospatial_JB) November 16, 2018
“Thanks, I was on the fence about buying a new AR, but you’ve convinced me to buy two! Your stance is only going to drive more sales.”
User Mike wants Rep. Swalwell to be removed from office and tweeted,
Since this is a blatant violation of his oath of office & the constitution, he needs to be immediately removed from his job as a Congressman and can be under Article I, Section 5, clause 2, of the Constitution #2A
— Mike (@BadKarma5555) November 16, 2018
“Since this is a blatant violation of his oath of office & the constitution, he needs to be immediately removed from his job as a Congressman and can be under Article I, Section 5, clause 2, of the Constitution #2A”
What do you think about Rep. Swalwell’s plan? Do you think he is shredding the constitution with his proposal? Leave a comment and let us know.