Dem Eric Swalwell calls for flat-out confiscation of firearms, threatens to nuke American resisters!

If there was any doubt about Democrats’ agenda to take Americans’ guns away, Rep. Eric Swalwell just laid that to rest.

The California Democrat showed his true colors not only in an op-ed calling for semi-automatic rifles to be confiscated and prosecuting gun owners who resist, he also later noted that the “government has nukes” that it could use in a war against Second Amendment supporters who refuse to give up their firearms.

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In an opinion piece for USA Today entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Swalwell proposed using $15 billion in taxpayer money to fund the confiscation of “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” and to go after gun owners who refuse to sell their existing weapons.

Swalwell’s proposal is in stark contrast to the carefully worded narrative Democrats have previously touted, avoiding that slippery slope argument that gun control will mean gun confiscation.

“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,” Swalwell wrote.

“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, adding that this “would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.”

He argued that “gun ownership runs so deep” in America that “we don’t even know how many military-style semiautomatic rifles are in U.S. civilian hands.” But the potential 2020 presidential contender suggested the government should pay up to $1,000 for every weapon in a new ban, with an estimated $15 billion needed to buy back the 15 million weapons that he estimates are out there, adding that the government should “criminally prosecute any who choose to defy [the buyback] by keeping their weapons.”

“It’s no small sum,” the Democrat admitted. “Consider this an investment in averting carnage and heartache and loss.”

Swalwell, who is co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, also cited the teen survivors of the Parkland shooting.

“There’s something new and different about the surviving Parkland high schoolers’ demands. They dismiss the moral equivalence we’ve made for far too long regarding the Second Amendment,” he wrote. “I’ve been guilty of it myself, telling constituents and reporters that ‘we can protect the Second Amendment and protect lives.'”

Former combat veteran Joe Biggs called out Swalwell’s proposal as something that would set off a “war.”

Swalwell responded with an outlandish tweet warning the government could use nuclear weapons against resisters.

The comment sparked immediate and sharp backlash on Twitter.

The lawmaker and Biggs continued the debate on Twitter with Swalwell finally stating that he was being sarcastic.

And Swalwell’s response to the outrage was apparently more sarcasm and attempted humor as he tried to make the critics look like the intolerant ones.

This did not help him win friends and influence people.


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