Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), the 945th Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election, has chosen to be a one-note candidate to distinguish himself from the ever-growing field:
It’s time we take BIG, BOLD action to #EndGunViolence in America. That’s why I’m the only candidate proposing that we ban and buy back every single assault weapon in this nation. pic.twitter.com/rwhvDVBeDG
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 9, 2019
Swalwell represents one of the most liberal counties in one of the most liberal states in America, so he probably thinks that this is truly a winning strategy.
It’s also the only issue that he’s managed to use to distinguish himself as a member of Congress. Sure, it was because he threatened to nuke gun owners who resisted having their legally owned weapons confiscated, but hey, in his lunatic part of the world that’s A-OK.
His “ban and buy back” fever dream is problematic on any number of levels, the biggest being that anti-gun leftists know nothing about firearms and think any gun that doesn’t look like a deer rifle is an “assault weapon.”
Red State’s Sarah Rumpf needled Swalwell on Twitter about his nonsensical “plan” on Tuesday night, and he responded to her but never did address the “assault weapon” definition problem.
Swalwell is afflicted with a severe case of political myopia, largely because he represents the Bay Area.
There is an almost-never-talked-about secret that Democrats from borderline commie districts like the one Swalwell represents don’t grasp: a lot of Democratic voters in America are gun owners.
The Democrats who represent voters in deeply blue urban areas have a skewed frame of reference when it comes to Second Amendment rights. If Swalwell were to talk to Democrats in rural Michigan or Vermont he would find out that the “OMG SCARY RIFLE!” attitude isn’t quite so pervasive.
On the plus side, at least Swalwell isn’t barking about “free college” like a trained progressive seal, as most of the other Democrats running are. He is, however, firmly positioning himself against the Bill of Rights.
Good luck with that.