Democrat Presidential Candidates Eric Swalwell and Corey Booker Release their Radical Gun Control Presidential Plans
On Monday, Democratic Presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell unveiled his new gun violence prevention plan, sparking concern among Second Amendment supporters who are rightfully worried about just how radical Swalwell’s plan really is.
Eric Swalwell promised from the beginning that his 2020 campaign would center around gun violence prevention, and it was also Swalwell who infamously suggested on Twitter that the United States could simply nuke American citizens who resisted gun confiscation.
Swalwell later tried to pass this remark off as a poor joke, but his plans to dramatically increase gun control legislation are deadly serious.
Swalwell reveals his presidential policy would start by outlawing so-called “assault rifles.” What he or anyone else means by this term is up for debate, but most semi-automatic firearms would likely fall under such a ban.
Rather than allowing those who have already purchased an “assault rifle” to keep their firearms, though – as was the case with the previous “assault rifle” ban – Swalwell plans to engage in full-on confiscation, forcing gun owners to either give up their semi-automatic weapons or face prosecution. Under Swalwell’s plan, the only way to legally own an “assault rifle” is to keep it locked up at a hunting lodge or a shooting range.
In addition to banning and confiscating millions of firearms, Eric Swalwell also wants to repeal the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Guns Act. This act defends gun manufacturers from being sued when the firearms they sell are used in a crime.
If the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Guns Act is repealed it would be crippling for gun manufacturers in the United States who would suddenly find themselves dealing with one lawsuit after the other. In other words, repealing the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Guns Act would be yet another backdoor way to make it much more difficult for an individual to acquire firearms in the United States.
Swalwell still doesn’t stop there, though; he also wants to create a national firearms registry. On its own, such a registry may not seem like a major threat to Second Amendment rights. When coupled with discussions of gun confiscation, though, the idea of a database that lets the federal government know exactly who owns firearms and what firearms they own becomes a very concerning proposition.
What’s even more concerning still is the fact that Eric Swalwell is not the only 2020 Presidential candidate calling for radical gun control legislation. Sen. Cory Booker, in fact, has proposed a plan that is even more radical than Swalwell’s. Under Booker’s gun control plan, a person in the United States will have to pass a background check, pass an in-person interview, pass a gun safety course, and be fingerprinted before they are able to purchase a firearm.
In spite of how radical these gun control plans are, Swalwell wrongly claims that nothing in his plan goes against what the NRA supports, saying, “There’s nothing that we propose here today that is at odds with what [the NRA] claims they stand for.”
In reality, the NRA strongly opposes every single thing that Swalwell is calling for – and rightfully so. Swalwell’s plan to eliminate gun violence is both ineffective as well as a direct attack on Second Amendment rights. Nothing that Swalwell has proposed will eliminate or even reduce gun violence in the United States.
What it will do, though, is turn lawful gun owners into criminals and create a very precarious situation. Of all the things that can cause civil unrest and violence in the United States, door-to-door gun confiscation is at the very top of the list.
For a man that suggested nuking American gun owners, though, the consequences of gun control and gun confiscation are apparently unimportant. Gun control has been the main focus of Swalwell’s campaign, and it will likely be the main focus of his Presidency as well if he is elected.
However, the power of democracy remains one of the most effective safeguards against infringements on Second Amendment rights, and combating Swalwell and Booker and other gun control proponents at the ballot box is the only guaranteed way to ensure that his radical gun control plan never sees the light of day.