Rep. Eric “Nuke-Em” Swalwell (D-CA) has said he’s going to base his nascent campaign for the presidency on gun control. Good luck with that, Congressman.
2020 hopeful @RepSwalwell: “I’m 38 years old but I’ve been on the Intelligence Committee.”
“Keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, keep your pistols. We just want the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of those dangerous people.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 9, 2019
He cherry-picks the leading cause of death for black children (we haven’t been able to find a source for that claim), but as the CDC details, death by firearm isn’t even in the top ten causes in the US (unless you claim all suicides are gun-related). And somehow we feel sure he will.
Swalwell says that he “just want the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of those dangerous people.” Naturally, he wants to accomplish that through a mandatory “buyback” (read: confiscation) of semi-automatic rifles, i.e. ARs and other long guns he arbitrarily deems “assault weapons.”
Yet again, Swalwell gets his facts all wrong. ARs aren’t “the most dangerous weapons” at all. The FBI’s homicide data shows that rifles make up a minuscule 3% of deaths by firearms. Handguns are the cause of far more (about 70%), yet he’s targeted his demagogic campaign talking point on scary black rifles because he thinks that will resonate with Democrat primary voters. And let’s face it, it probably will.
But we won’t bother him with silly things like facts while he’s on his media roadshow introducing himself as the 139th candidate for he Democrat nomination.
WASHINGTON (AP) — California Rep. Eric Swalwell is officially in the running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Swalwell made the announcement during a taping Monday of CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
The congressman says, “I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home.”
He says, “None of that is going to change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on the issues we take on, be bold in the solutions we offer and do good in the way that we govern.”
He says: “I’m ready to solve these problems. I’m running for president of the United States.”
The 38-year-old Iowa native was elected in 2012 to represent California’s 15th Congressional District.
Oh, and don’t forget this: