Well, it finally happened. An influential Democratic leader has publicly admitted what so many on the right already knew: He wants to use the state to confiscate weapons from law-abiding Americans. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who recently announced his bid for the presidency, stated that his platform would include a nationwide ban on guns.
“It’s time we take BIG, BOLD action to #EndGunViolence in America,” he tweeted. “That’s why I’m the only candidate proposing that we ban and buy back every single assault weapon in this nation.”
At least he’s honest. After all, one of the most common refrains people hear from the gun control lobbies is that they don’t want to take Americans’ guns. Progressives all over the country are cheering this proposition and have begun brainstorming ways to make it more palatable to the public.
Let’s Get Rid of Guns!
Swalwell isn’t the only American who supports banning most types of firearms to curb gun violence in America. Last year, a study revealed that 39% of Democrats wished to repeal the Second Amendment, and 44% wanted to ban handguns. It doesn’t take much imagination to predict that the candidate’s position on guns would receive significant support from the Democratic base.
Mass gun confiscation might sound to the progressive left like a desirable solution, but the rest of the country might be concerned about the possibility that such a move might place innocent people in danger. Studies largely support this theory. Last year, the Center for Disease Control released the results of a study demonstrating that an alarming number of Americans reported using their guns for self-defense.
According to the study, about 2.46 million American adults reported using their firearm to defend their lives or property. Law-abiding gun owners used their weapons for defensive purposes about 3.6 times as often as criminals use theirs to commit crimes. If the government were to strip Americans of their weapons, it is almost certain that the crime rate could climb exponentially. After all, why would criminals, who obtained their guns illegally, be hesitant to victimize someone if they know their target is unarmed?
You’ve got to hand it to Swalwell: Most of his like-minded colleagues in Congress wouldn’t dare to put forth the idea that the federal government should confiscate the guns of law-abiding citizens. Despite the constant fearmongering whenever a mass shooting occurs, the American public understands that the solution to the problem of gun violence isn’t more legislation.
When it comes to mass shootings – especially at schools – the public is more in line with the views of Republicans than Democrats. This includes conservatives, leftists, and everyone in between. Put simply, Swalwell might have the support of rank-and-file Democratic voters, but if he decided to push his anti-gun initiative, he would lack the political backing necessary to push such a proposal through Congress.
In short, Swalwell’s anti-gun crusade is already doomed to fail – even if his lack of melanin didn’t disqualify him from being the Democratic nominee. For Americans who value the Second Amendment, this is wonderful news, but it does not indicate that they will have the political advantage forever. As the left moves farther left, so do their allies in the media and entertainment industry. Conservatives need to work hard if they want to keep the upper hand in this battle.