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Swalwell slammed after putting out video calling for ban on assault weapons

 August 30, 2023

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-14) faced a barrage of criticism from conservative quarters on social media after he released a video advocating for an "assault weapons" ban following the tragic mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, as Fox News reported.

Swalwell posted a video on X (formerly Twitter) stating, "We can't live this way, we don't have to live this way."

He added, "Here's what we have to do, we have to ban assault weapons."

"We have to buy them all back. We have to make sure the most dangerous weapons never end up in the hands of the most dangerous people. We must choose our kids, our children, the most precious people in our community, we must choose them over their killers. It's very binary, either you choose them, or you don't," Swalwell concluded.

Backlash to Swalwell's Post

However, a flood of critical comments from conservative quarters filled the platform not long after the post went live.

Ryan Petty, who tragically lost his daughter in a 2018 Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting incident, tersely responded, "Go home, commie."

The Truth About Guns responded, "Compromised tool of a Chinese spy who threatened America's gun owners with the use of nuclear weapons has thoughts on safety and constitutional rights."

Tom Knighton, a writer for, replied," It's cute how they think deranged killers will suddenly become angels if you just take away the AR-15s rather than find another way to slaughter the innocent."

Democrats' Long-standing Battle for Gun Control

Swalwell is not the only Democrat calling for gun control. Several Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have voiced their concerns and demanded tighter regulations on "assault weapons."

In response to a shooting in Michigan, the president promised to "ban assault weapons again come hell or high water and high-capacity magazines."

Reflecting on the past, Biden, during his tenure as a Delaware senator, cast his vote to prohibit semi-automatic firearms in 1994 as part of a significant crime bill.

The Democrat-majority House subsequently passed this ban, which eventually became an integral component of a comprehensive crime prevention package.

The bill introduced some exceptions for it to garner sufficient support, including a sunset clause.

With the backing of Congress, the bill was signed by then-President Bill Clinton in September of that year.

The legislation prohibited the manufacture, transfer, or possession of "semi-automatic assault weapons" and "large capacity ammunition feeding devices" for a decade.

Assessing the 1994 Ban's Impact

A 1999 Department of Justice report evaluated the ban's initial impact and concluded that it "failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot wound victims."

Another evaluation of the law's effect conducted in 2004 further highlighted that the ban's "effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement."