• Anti-2A Much? Rep. Eric Swalwell Says Ben Shapiro Shouldn’t Have a Gun

    Surge Summary: California Congressman Eric Swalwell suggests conservative talk-host Ben Shapiro ought not be allowed to own a gun because he has said he would forcibly resist the government if it tried to take his children from him.

    Yep, although he dropped out of the current Democratic primary a while ago, California Rep. Eric Swalwell is still around making noxious noises. He reminded us last Friday why controversial “red flag” laws – like those which just became official in his home state – are a very, very bad idea. In this case, implying they ought to be applied against conservative writer/talk host Ben Shapiro.

    In a tweet, Swalwell said Shapiro is “reason 1,578 America needs red flag laws.”

    “Please tell me this lunatic does not own a gun,” Swalwell said. [Chris Enloe/The Blaze]

    The Democratic lawmaker was responding to admittedly charged comments from Shapiro’s Friday podcast. A Media Matters reporter focused on them, neglecting their context, to make it appear the thirty-five-year-old was advocating violence and it got a reaction.

    Read all that Shapiro was saying, however. He was not advocating violence but rather replying to comments made during Thursday night’s crazy LGBT town hall on CNN.

    Here is what Shapiro said:

    You want a culture war in this country? You d**n well have it, Beto O’Rourke. You want a culture war in this country? You want this country to come apart at the seams? This is how you do it. Because I promise you: If you come to tell me that you’re going to indoctrinate my kids on a particular policy and that I can’t pull my kid out of the school and send my kid to a school that I want to send them to. That I can’t go to the church or synagogue that I want to go to.

    And if you make that national policy, not just California policy where I can move, but national policy? People are not going to stand for that. They are not going to stand for that. And if you send a truant officer to remove my child, I have two choices at that point, right? If I have no place to move because you have now made this national, federal policy.

    I now have two choices: One, is to leave the country utterly. Two is to pick up a gun. Those are the only two choices that you have left me.

    “It’s not extreme to defend the fundamental rights the Constitution was created in order to protect,” Shapiro went on to say. “These rights pre-exist government.”

    That’s basic constitutional, founding-era history there. It gets anti-gun types like Eric Swalwell all in a flutter. His solution, of course, is to wish he could forcibly deprive Americans he finds annoying of their constitutionally guaranteed right to own a tool to defend themselves.

    Red flag laws, which many states have passed in recent years, are used by law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms from people who are believed to be a threat to themselves or others. Critics of the laws say they do not allow for appropriate due process.

    Being cited in the mouth of an anti-Second Amendment lawmaker like Swalwell? Their prospect is quickly becoming terrifying.

    H/T: Chris Enloe/The Blaze

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    Image: Adapted from: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Eric Swalwell, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79513363

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