Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is one of the most virulent gun-grabbers in the House of Representatives, but one wonders if threatening to use the U.S. nuclear arsenal against American citizens is really helping his gun control cause. In remarks on Twitter Friday, Swalwell said that anyone who talks about an armed resistance against the U.S. government should be prepared to be nuked out of existence by the military.
The trouble began after NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch brought attention to an NBC News article about Swalwell and his plans to force Americans to hand their rifles over to the government.
“High ranking Democrat Eric Swalwell calls for confiscation of semi-automatic rifles using $15 billion of taxpayer dollars to do it and proposes criminally prosecuting those who don’t participate,” tweeted Loesch.
Swalwell retweeted Loesch, saying: “She’s not lying. We should ban assault weapons by buying them back or restricting them to ranges/clubs.”
“So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war,” tweeted Joe Biggs. “Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your f***ing mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power.”
Swalwell would have been wise at this point to take the high road and assure concerned gun owners that he wanted nothing of the kind. Instead, he doubled down on his confiscation rhetoric and told Biggs and everyone else reading that the U.S. would essentially wipe out scores of innocent civilians in an effort to rid the country of AR-15s.
“And it would be a short war my friend,” the lawmaker wrote. “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.”
Swalwell isn’t just some minor figure in the Democratic Party. He is openly and prominently planning to run for the nomination and the presidency in 2020. Now just imagine what the media would say if President Trump (or any other Republican) mentioned casually blasting the American people with a nuclear bomb if they resisted some unconstitutional policy or another. It would be front page news for a week, even in this short attention span culture.
“So our government would nuke its own country in order to take guns? Wow,” replied Biggs.
At this point, Swalwell tried to back away from his outlandish remark.
“Don’t be so dramatic,” he wrote. “No one is nuking anyone or threatening that. I’m telling you this is not the 18th Century. The argument that you would go to war with your government if an assault weapons ban was in place is ludicrous and inflames the gun debate. Which is what you want.”
Ah, so the official position is: We’ll implement the ban and you will go right along with it, Second Amendment or no Second Amendment.
Swalwell is not only unfit to be president, he’s unfit to be a congressman.
Unfortunately, we’re certain that many of his Democrat congressman feel exactly the same way he does. But at least they have the common sense not to suggest nuking the population.