Eric Swalwell is one of 26 Democratic candidates running for President of the United States. He hasn’t accomplished much in the polls (0%), but has accidentally stumbled his way into internet meme infamy.
Swalwell once found himself in a twitter exchange with Second Amendment activist Joe Biggs, in which he suggested that the government could easily nuke citizens who fought against extreme gun confiscation policies like his own.
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
Biggs suggested that Americans would not accept Swalwell’s infringement on their rights and that Swalwell was waging a war. To this Swalwell replied, “And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit.” This was quickly adopted and used against him by conservative comedians and the like.
Swalwell is running on a platform centering solely around restrictive gun policies. In fact, the only policy proposal presented on his website is gun control.
His proposal begins with the premise that the inability to legally purchase semi-automatic weapons would lead to their extinction.
According to The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “In 2017, 322,078 firearms were recovered and traced in the United States and its territories, an increase of 32,855 from 2016.” It further stated that, “California had the most firearms recovered and traced, 41,527. In 2016, California was also the largest recovery state.” California also happens to have some of the strictest gun laws and regulations in the country.
With this knowledge of trafficking patterns, coupled with an awareness of insufficient security at the southern border, which allows trafficking to flourish, his naive premise falls apart.
Swalwell also wants to ban possession of semi-automatic weapons for civilians—but not the military or police. Confidence in the police is at the lowest in 26 years. This can be explained by the prevalence of groups like Black Lives Matter, as well as a push for criminal justice reform.
For a party that claims to distrust law enforcement, they sure want to see them have more power over the citizenry. They claim police are racist and target minorities. If they believed this, why would they want to further advantage them?
It’s a scary idea: the government having access to weapons and citizens not. It’s precisely the reason for the Second Amendment.
A tyrannical government can only flourish among an indefensible populace. That’s the consequence of gun control.
Swalwell’s proposal asserts another naive premise—that schools will be safer with tougher processes in place regarding access to Second Amendment rights.
Almost 98% of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in areas where guns are not allowed, also known as, ‘gun-free zones.’ Furthermore, six out of every ten mass public shootings are carried out by shooters with handguns alone. For comparison, only one out of every ten mass public shooting is carried out with a rifle.
Swalwell also wants to ban high capacity magazines. According to The Heritage Foundation, “Few mass public shooters have used ‘high-capacity magazines,’ and there is no evidence that the lethality of their attacks would have been affected by delays of two to four seconds to switch magazines. In fact, some of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history were carried out with ‘low-capacity’ weapons.”
His plan misses the mark, especially in regard to school safety. The proposal seeks to ban schools from arming teachers. Imagine if Aaron Feis, who died running toward the gunfire and trying to shield students, had been able to carry a firearm. A man of his caliber, with such bravery, might have been able to stop the shooter.
Public school districts are finding themselves licensing private security firms because the schools are so insecure.
After reviewing the statistics in places like the UK, who have regulated firearms practically out of existence, there is a clear uptick in other means of violence. In this case, stabbings flourished. According to The Guardian, “The homicide rate also rose by 15% in one year, according to the data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and crimes recorded by the police.”
The U.K. banned handguns in 1997. They also don’t allow “machine guns, pepper spray, semi-automatic, and pump-action rifles, and any firearm that has a barrel less than 30 centimeters in length.” If this wasn’t bad enough, the concept of ‘carrying’ doesn’t exist. A woman can’t use pepper spray, let alone a firearm to protect herself in the UK.
Eric Swalwell is willfully ignorant of the root causes of violence as well as effective solutions. His policy would fare better if he focused on mental health and abandoned his policies against school safety and Second Amendment rights. A mixture of security, which is aided by firearms, and mental health advocacy, especially in early education, is the first step to solving this problem.
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