Eric Swalwell Comes Out “Guns-A-Banning” As A Key Part Of His Campaign

April 11, 2019
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Eric Swalwell announced his presidency earlier this week and has made it his mission to get rid of assault weapons. So he went to the heart of Gun Control Broward County to discuss his plans to disarm legal gun owners.

California Congressman Eric Swalwell kicked off his 2020 bid for president at a Broward County town hall on Tuesday with an emotional vow to make gun violence a top priority during his campaign and possible presidency.”

Throughout this campaign, there will be other issues that I talk about — health care, education and climate change. But my pledge to you tonight is that this issue comes first,” he told more than 300 people at a town hall on gun violence.

Hope died in Parkland over a year ago. But in a uniquely American way, through the strength and courage of our children, hope was born here too,” Swalwell said. He lamented that “mass shooting after mass shooting after mass shooting” took place and nothing happened except “moments of silence followed by no action.”

But, Swalwell said, a ban isn’t sufficient

He said he would favor spending as much as $1,000 each for 15 million assault weapons to get them off the streets. He said it could be paid for by cancelling some military weapons procurement, a tradeoff he said was more than worth it.

Anyone who doesn’t want to part with an assault weapon would have it restricted to hunting clubs and shooting ranges.

He also called for improved background checks, and doing away with the legal prohibition on the federal government having a database of gun owners. He said people have been wrongly frightened by the National Rifle Association that a database would facilitate a government confiscation of weapons.

Democrats aren’t planning to seize guns, he said. “We’re going to come your house, offer you better health care, hopefully offer your kids better education. We’re not coming for your guns.”

The hour-long town hall involved questions from several members of the audience. Tangela Spears, a member of the Hunger 9—a group of activists that recently ended a hunger strike in Liberty City—discussed with Swalwell the different needs of communities with rampant gun violence. Lori Alhadeff, who joined the Broward County School Board, also pressed him on what he would do to prevent more future shootings.”

He wants to fight the NRA off the rip and force Americans to keep their guns at gun clubs. Tell me how is this is not taking away our second amendment rights…

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