Swalwell Launches Guns Plan in Front of Cameras, But It Goes Terribly Wrong

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June 18, 2019Jun 18, 2019

Presidential candidate Eric Swalwell is desperately trying to hang onto his 0.4% support among likely Democratic voters, and he’s made increasing federal restrictions on guns his main issue to try to win the hearts and minds of America with.

And he may have just shot himself in the foot.

“THIS IS IT! We're announcing our comprehensive plan to END GUN VIOLENCE!” Swalwell screamed on Twitter, along with a picture of himself hosting a press conference surrounded by a group of mildly interested-looking people holding identical signs.

And then someone posted a photo of the “crowd” from a different angle.

The second photo showed the same 15 people holding signs and a few cameramen filming Swalwell as he stands along a street that’s deserted save for a couple of cars driving by. No crowd of supporters — of even curious onlookers — is visible.

Ouch. That’s not a good look.

The congressman from California may only be polling at 0.4%, according to a roundup of national polls by RealClearPolitics, but he does have a way of staying in the national spotlight.

But it’s usually because he’s getting mocked.

A day earlier Swalwell made what he must have thought was an astoundingly logical argument on Twitter for why all gun owners should be rigorously tested and licensed before they’re allowed by the government to possess a firearm.

“If you need a license to operate a vehicle, shouldn't you need a license to operate a weapon?” he wrote.

His followers pointed out a few things to him.

He also exposed how much he knows about the constitutional right to bear arms by outlining his plan to heavily restrict guns.

“@ericswalwell rolled out his gun control plan today. National gun registry (‘and that would only be used to protect all of us’),” wrote Washington Examiner reporter Julio Rosas on Twitter. “BC [background check] for all gun/ammo sales. Require liability insurance. Ban/buyback bump stocks, silencers, 10+ round mags. No armed teachers.”

Rosas also wrote: “Other items in his plan include: Prohibiting people from purchasing more than one handgun per 30-day period, prohibiting the online sale of ammunition, and prohibiting people from ‘hoarding ammunition in quantities exceeding 200 rounds.’"

Commenters on Twitter mocked Swalwell for that, too.

In other gun-grabber news, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) exposed her knowledge of firearms while calling for more restrictions, too.

“Guns like the AR-15 aren’t used for hunting and they’re not viable for home protection,” she wrote on Twitter. “They have only one purpose: fire as many rounds as possible, as quickly as possible. 60% of Americans support outlawing these weapons.”

Quite a few people decided to educate her a bit on that.

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