(Breitbart) – Roughly 18 people attended Democrat presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell’s (D-CA) speech Monday near the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
On June 14, Breitbart News reported that Swalwell would be delivering a speech on his gun controls near the NRA headquarters.
A video published by Politico shows that Swalwell used the speech to push confiscatory laws for AR-15s and other commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles, as well as a repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). That act protects gun manufacturers from suits in cases considered frivolous, such as when a legally manufactured and legally sold gun is stolen and used in a crime.
Swalwell made clear his belief that U.S. gun policy ought to emulate Australia and New Zealand:
Swalwell: It is time to ban and buy back every single assault weapon — making sure first and foremost no more assault weapons are manufactured in the future but also with a plan to buy back the 15 million that are in circulation in our communities today https://t.co/B3RTSYIAfN pic.twitter.com/d9fAmUrB0r
— POLITICO (@politico) June 17, 2019
The NRA posted photos of Swalwell and the 18 people who showed up to listen to his gun control push. The glass building in the background is NRA headquarters:
Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell’s supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%. pic.twitter.com/sFZAishEoC
— NRA (@NRA) June 17, 2019
Flashback: Eric Swalwell Reiterates Pledge To Take AR-15s From Law-Abiding Citizens
During a June 4, 2019, appearance on The View Democrat presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell reiterated his pledge to take AR-15s and similar rifles away from law-abiding citizens.
ABC News quoted Swalwell saying, “Ban and buy back every single assault weapon in America. I’m the only candidate calling for that.”
Swalwell has been making this push for over a year, and it has morphed into the central component of his current campaign. His ban has gone through many revisions along the way, but one thing has stayed constant–commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles will be banned and taken from law-abiding citizens. Those who do not comply will face punishment that falls somewhere between jail time and being nuked.
On November 16, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Swalwell suggested “the government has nukes” for those who refuse to comply with the ban. During an April 14, 2019, CNN appearance he ratcheted the rhetoric back to by indicating the non-compliant would simply receive jail time. He did this after Jake Tapper noted that Swalwell’s “assault weapons” ban includes “criminal prosecution” of those who do not comply. Tapper asked if criminal prosecution means Americans who held on to their guns would go to jail. Swalwell responded, “They would.”
Swalwell then offered a third alternative by saying gun owners could also take their firearms to a gun range or hunting club and leave them there.
In short, Swalwell is running on a pledge to take AR-15s and similar semiautomatic rifles away from law-abiding citizens.