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  • In the Wake of Odessa Shooting, Rep. Swalwell Snarks Tastelessly

    Surge Summary: Rep. Eric Swalwell took advantage of the abominable massacre that just took place in Odessa, TX to snark about the need for more liberal gun-control schemes. His tone was tacky – his arguments, perhaps, dangerous.  

    The Blaze’s Caleb Howe has opined:

    Rep. Eric Swalwell has a history of comically bad takes and failed attempts at “owning the cons” on Twitter. And he is not one to let something like death and sorrow to get in the way of his untouchable record streak of fails, as we saw on Sunday when he decided to make a sarcastic, snarky, no doubt in his mind witty jab at the idea that a private citizen in possession of a firearm might be able to use it against someone committing a crime or attacking people. … [I]t was inappropriate, insensitive, ill-conceived, ill-timed, and just enough to make anyone ill.

    Of course, as many already know, on Saturday seven people were killed, 22 more injured, in Odessa, Texas when a disturbed gunman went on a shooting rampage. The incident occurred after he’d been pulled over by police for erratic driving.

    No surprise, the anti-firearms set leapt into action, quickly defaulting into gun-control mode on Twitter and elsewhere. In the case of some pols (Beto O’Rourke, for example) they coupled their responses with fundraising appeals, raising boodle off the hideous tragedy.

    Retweeting an O’Rourke tweet Swalwell urged the need to get rid of “assault” weapons. A Twitter user who remarked to the California congressman about the usefulness of open carry provoked this response:

    https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/1168238172460998657

    Big shout out to all the civilian “good guys with guns” who saved lives in Odessa. You know who you are. Thanks a million.

    Howe:

    Swalwell decided to open the snark locker for some reason. See what he did there? Because the shooter was stopped by law enforcement in a shootout, he’s sarcastically offering thanks to civilians with guns. “You know who you are. Thanks a million.” Get it?? IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.

    That’s the joke Swalwell made. That’s the snarky sarcastic jab he opted for in the wake of human suffering. Because that’s what he really thinks, you see. He mocks the idea that a civilian with a gun could pull a trigger and shoot a bad guy.

    Caleb Howe’s take is that Swalwell, who was hoping to be his party’s pick to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 but who dropped out of the contest a few weeks ago, is implying that gun owners are all bad guys.

    It’s not just a joke that there weren’t any civilians specifically intervening on Saturday. No, his premise is that there is no such thing as a good guy with a gun because good guys don’t have guns.

    That’s what he thinks. And what he said, in his best “angry lib on Twitter”… voice.

    The Blaze scribe characterizes Swalwell as

    essentially an internet troll who somehow got elected to office. If he weren’t a member of congress he’d be that guy you blocked two years ago for haranguing you incessantly. … [T]his is how far he’s willing to go, and because this is what he actually thinks. … And he’s in Congress.

    Be at peace, however because supporters of the Second Amendment are deathlessly assured “nobody is talking about taking guns away”. The ant-gunners keep reaffirming that even as they aim to do that very thing.

    Just as they promised the only application of legalized abortion they were espousing was for “extreme” cases: rape, incest, life of the mother, you know. Right. Now we face authorized child-killing up to the last day of that little one’s gestation.

    Or remember LGBTQ spokesmen indignantly insisting homosexuals only wanted to be “left alone”, “tolerated”? Okay, well, “civil unions” would be nice too. Then there were demands for “gay marriage”. Hey, what about “adoptions” for same-sex couples? The latest? Transgender “rights” …

    In that vein, progressives guarantee audiences they’re only focused on “disarming bad guys.” The caveat is:  by “bad guys”, some of them probably mean people like you.

    H/T Caleb Howe/The Blaze

    Image: Adapted from:  DonkeyHotey – Eric Swalwell – Caricature, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=78921678


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