Democrat Who Wants to Nuke Gun Owners, Considering Run for President in 2020
California Rep. Eric Swalwell called for violent mass gun confiscation
Rep. Eric Swalwell - the California Democrat who called for mass gun confiscation in November and suggested the government should kill Americans using nuclear weapons if they didn't comply - is now considering running for president in 2020.
Late last year, while promoting his far-left gun control agenda, Swalwell warned that he is pushing for the unconstitutional confiscation of semi-automatic weapons, saying, "the government has nukes," before threatening that they could be used against "families and communities" of those who refuse to surrender their firearms.
Swalwell issued the threat in response to a May news article that reported his radical gun confiscation plan after it resurfaced and was widely recirculated on Twitter in mid-November.
The report discussed his calls for a $15 billion government program to confiscate millions of guns from American citizens by force.
Swalwell plans to announce his intention to pursue the Democratic Party nomination next week, according to a Thursday piece in The Atlantic.
Per the report, the liberal congressman intends to partner with a Parkland shooting survivor and will announce his presidential plans in an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Gun control is said to be the center of Swalwell's campaign.
According to Western Journal, Swalwell has advocated for not just banning but seizing so-called “assault weapons,” with interesting ideas about dealing with any possible resistance.
Responding to a tweet from former Infowars correspondent Joe Biggs over the possibility of a conflict if the government decided to gun-grab on a massive scale, Swalwell suggested “it would be a short war my friend.
"The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit.
"I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.”
And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 16, 2018
Yes, I’m sure you can talk something over and “find common ground” with someone threatening to use nukes on you unless you give up your rights.
That common ground usually involves you acceding to their demands and them not using nukes against you.
As an aside, if Rep. Swalwell thinks that damage done by AR-15s is bad, just wait until he discovers what fallout can do.
Swalwell passed the whole thing off as a “JK” moment, but he’s still pretty serious when it comes to taking your guns.
In fact, according to The Atlantic, he plans to make it the central issue of his campaign and will likely begin his campaign with a town hall featuring a Parkland survivor.
“Swalwell will center his campaign on gun control,” The Atlantic noted.
“Helping him do that will be Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who became prominent in the March for Our Lives student movement.
“Swalwell has written about being inspired by the youth movement in his call to ban all assault weapons, and Kasky was his guest at the State of the Union address in February.
"Together, they’re organizing a town hall that Swalwell will host in Coral Springs, Florida, on Tuesday.
"Swalwell announced the town hall on Wednesday afternoon, but made no mention in the public announcement of his political plans.”
Swalwell has yet to officially confirm that he’s running yet, however.
“We are doing a town hall in Parkland,” Swalwell told The Atlantic.
“And I do believe that gun safety has to be a top 2020 issue.”
I'm stunned there were enough sheep to vote so this guy ended up with a "Rep" in front of his name. The U.S. government is now going to nuke.......get this........its own people. https://t.co/S0NuyMZD2r— Pat Miletich (@patmiletich) November 16, 2018
However, Shannon Watts — founder of the Michael Bloomberg-financed gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, who has recently made appearances with Swalwell — certainly sounded like he was already a candidate when asked for comment.
“It’s a true sea change in presidential politics that the candidates are competing to be the strongest on this issue, which means Americans will have a plethora of gun-sense champions to choose from,” Watts said.
“The calculus on guns has changed, and gun safety is no longer a third rail — in fact, making this issue a priority in your policy platform is how you win.
"Representative Swalwell has a long track record of being good on the issue of gun safety, and we welcome him to the race.”
Making this issue the only “priority in your policy platform” probably isn’t how you win, even if we’re just talking the Democrat primaries.
Aside from gun control, the only other issue of note where Swalwell has managed to distinguish himself is Russiagate, where he’s pushed for redundant investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The congressman has twice introduced the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which sought to establish a concurrent Congressional probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election that would run alongside the special counsel’s.
He was also willing to get himself dug in deeper than most Democrats when it came to pronouncing the president guilty absent any investigation that said he was.
In a January appearance on PBS’ “Firing Line,” Swalwell said that the president was an “agent of Russia.”
“He betrayed our country and I don’t say that lightly,” he told host Margaret Hoover.
For reasons you can probably suss out on your own, that won’t feature in his 2020 campaign.
“I’m not running on Russia,” Swalwell said, “if I were to run.”