Donald Trump has officially announced the 2020 bid of his re-election campaign to remain in office as the 45th president of the United States. Many on the other side of the aisle have also formally announced their bid, most of whom are running on one theme: Gun Control.
In fact, just yesterday national gun control group Moms Demand Action applauded the efforts put forth by many presidential hopefuls, saying:
Rep. Swalwell and other candidates across the country are running on the issue of gun safety because too many American families have experienced the trauma of gun violence firsthand. We shouldn’t live in fear that we’ll become victims of gun violence. We need leaders willing to stand up to the gun lobby and end this crisis now.
Some of these gun control efforts promised, are as follows:
- Senator Cory Booker wants to introduce a gun violence prevention plan addressing both suicide and homicide where a firearm was used.
- Senator Kamala Harris said she'd take executive action if Congress is unable to pass a background check bill in the first 100 days and prohibit the importation of all AR-15 patterned rifles by executive order.
- John Hickenlooper plans to limit so called high capacity magazines, increase background checks, and get funding to the CDC to research “gun violence prevention.”
- Senator Amy Klobuchar presented a first 100 days in office plan, which included a multi-issue gun violence prevention plan.
- Beto O’Rourke plans to regulate background checks on every gun sale, prohibit the sale of “assault weapons,” institute red flag laws across the nation, and invest in research on “gun violence.”
And then there was one. Representative Swalwell, straight outta Frisco, has officially announced the most comprehensive gun control initiative to date, at least that I've seen.
Make no mistake, he says he's starting at the top and will not end until he thinks he's done his job. This was taken from his website, illustrating this purpose:
Ending gun violence in the United States requires a comprehensive approach that starts in manufacturing facilities and does not end until every community in the United States is safe. I will fight like hell to give people a reason to live, foster a culture of hope in every neighborhood, regulate firearms and ammunition to protect communities and police officers, and ban semiautomatic assault weapons.
Reading between the lines there, he plans to go after the gun manufacturers. He also plans to regulate firearms AND ammunition as well as banning semi auto assault weapons.
Please take notice here that he did NOT say AR-15. His wording shows me that semi-automatic is the bad guy here, no matter the type. Seems like all those years of the gun industry saying that “it's not the AR-15. There are more deaths with pistols and other semi-auto rifles than with the AR-15!” hasn't actually fallen on deaf ears.
All that took place in the first two paragraphs of his page. Here's some more:
- Ban and Buy Back Semiautomatic Assault Weapons – You can kiss your semi-auto guns goodbye. He plans to ban them so that only military and police have them. And, if you're caught with one, you'll be criminally prosecuted.
- Secure All Sales of Firearms and Ammunition – He says, “Purchasing a deadly weapon in the United States is far too easy.” To summarize, he wants us to go through background checks for gun AND ammunition purchases, expand the background check database, require that gun owners have liability insurance, create a federal licensing program in which gun owners would have to pass a practical and written exam to buy a gun, prevent home-based FFL dealers from operating, create a national firearms registry, prohibit online sales of ammunition and firearms made after 1898, allowing only 200 rounds of ammo to be bought per 30 day period, ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, require businesses selling more than 1,000 rounds of ammo per month be federally licensed, and so much more.
- Regulate Manufacturers – He says, “To truly improve public safety, we need gun violence reform that starts at the gun and ammunition factories.” To summarize, he wants to let people sue gun and ammo manufacturers, prevent civilians from owning green tip and hollow point ammo, and more.
This begs one very important question: Does he seriously think all this is possible? Because it's really not. My guess is that he knows it's not possible and there are one of two other possible scenarios here.
- He's a shill and a puppet put in place by Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and Bloomberg to help de-radicalize everything he's proposed in his presidential bid. These are extremely radical thoughts that will gut the Constitution as it is currently understood and written.
- If he loses, and he likely will, this will put more pressure on whoever does win the Democratic candidacy. Those groups can point to Swalwell and say, well, he was willing to do it!
My thought is that it's likely the first scenario, though that doesn't mean that the second one wouldn't happen by default.
In fact, that first scenario is the reason why I included his logo as the lead image. I'll put it here, again:
Now, I want you to take a look at the Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety logos, as well:
Now, it'd be irresponsible for me to suggest anything here so I have to tread lightly.
They look very similar to me. Not identical, but almost like the same person drew them up. I can't draw too many conclusions based on the logo alone, because maybe Swalwell is just trying to subliminally cuddle up to them so they fork tons of cash over to him.
I don't claim to know, but what I can say with absolute certainty is that our gun rights are never safe, no matter who is in office.
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