American Elephants


One More For the Long, Long List of Lefty Candidates by The Elephant's Child


Few things testify so strongly to the quality of the ever-growing numbers of declared candidates for the presidency as the numbers of Democrats who look at the field, think that they’re better than that bunch, and decide to run. So we have Eric Swalwell (D-CA) announcing his decision to run today. He is a 4th term representative for the East Bay in the San Francisco area. He represents Alameda County and part of Contra Costa County.

His big issues, he says, are student loans (he says he’s still paying off his) and gun control. Last night he appeared on Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Show. He estimates that there are 15 million “assault weapons” in private hands in America and wants the government to take away all of them. In my own extensive archive, I found a note of the following:

Sept 13, 2014: The New York Times reported that the term “assault weapons was created by Democrats in order to build momentum to ban a “politically defined category of guns.

AWR Hawkins, who is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart, noted that less than 2% of gun deaths can be blamed on AR-15s. He wrote today: This is the third time Swalwell has pushed for a ban and buyback plan, which is confiscatory in nature, insomuch as it is a forced buyback. On May 21, 2018–the date that he publicly introduced the idea–Swalwell told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson of his plan for a government-sponsored “assault weapons” buyback and made clear there would be criminal prosecution of Americans who do not comply.

On April 3, 2019, he reiterated the ban and buyback scheme via Twitter, where he said, “We recently passed background check bills in the House. We must ban and buyback assault weapons next.”

This is the third time Swalwell has pushed for a ban and buyback plan, which is confiscatory in nature, insomuch as it is a forced buyback. On May 21, 2018–the date that he publicly introduced the idea–Swalwell told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson of his plan for a government-sponsored “assault weapons” buyback and made clear there would be criminal prosecution of Americans who do not comply.

I’ve pretty much lost track of how many Democrats are running, but I think it’s getting close to 20.




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