Did you watch the second installment of the Democrat debates last night? It featured a cavalcade of great ideas on how to reduce, restrict and remove guns and gun rights from American life. A few of the candidates’ “ideas” for how to address the alleged problem of civilian firearm ownership in this country stood out (full transcript here).
First there was, of course, Eric “Nuke Em” Swalwell, who’s built his entire campaign around gun confiscation.
Congressman Swalwell, among this field of candidates you have a unique position on gun reform. You’re proposing that the government should buy back every assault weapon in America and it should be mandator. How do you envision that working especially in states where gun rights are a flashpoint?
Keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns but we can take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people.
By “the most dangerous weapons,” Swalwell means, of course, “assault weapons.” As in, America’s favorite rifles.
By “the most dangerous people,” the Congressman means “Americans.” As in anyone not part of the military or a law enforcement agency.
He went on . . .
I’ve seen the plans of the other candidates here. They would all leave 15 million assault in our communities. They wouldn’t do a single thing to save a single life in Parkland. I will approach this issue as a prosecutor. I will approach it as the only person on this stage who has voted and passed background checks—but also as a parent of a generation who sends our children to school where we look at what they’re wearing so we can remember it in case we have to identify them later. A generation who has seen thousands of black children killed in our streets and a generation who goes to the theater and we actually where the fire exits are. We don’t have to live this way. We must be a country who loves our children more than we love our guns.
So, as Swalwell’s made clear in the past, his plan is for gun owners to submit to a mandatory “buy back.” Or else.
Fellow Californian Kamal Harris is totally on board with Swalwell’s plan, but she’s in no mood to mess with constitutional niceties like passing legislation when it comes to restricting Americans’ enumerated rights.
Thank you. I think your idea is a great one, Congressman Swalwell. And I will say there are a lot of great idea. The problem is Congress has not had the courage to act, which is why, when elected president of the United States, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together, bring all these good ideas together, and put a bill on my desk for signature. And if they do not, I will take executive action and I will put in place—
—The most comprehensive background check policy we’ve had. I will require the ATF to take the licenses of gun dealers who violate the law. And I will banned by executive order the importation of assault weapons, because I’m going to tell you, as a prosecutor, I have seen more autopsy photographs than I care to tell you. I have hugged more mothers who are the mothers of homicide victims, and I have attended more police officer funerals.
It is enough. It is enough. And there have been plenty of good ideas from members of the United States Congress. There’s been no action. As president, I will take action.