“I don’t debate mouthpieces.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., refused Friday to debate Dana Loesch, accusing the NRATV host and Second Amendment advocate of being a mouthpiece for the National Rifle Association.
Earlier in the week, Loesch pressed Swalwell for answers regarding a controversial gun confiscation policy promoted by the Democratic presidential hopeful and accused him of dodging her questions.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 16, 2019
Swalwell dismissed Loesch’s criticism, declining to debate the NRA spokeswoman, but saying he would gladly speak with NRA president Oliver North.
👋🏼 Ms. Loesch — I see you’ve spent another day blowing up my Twitter. Thank you for following! But here’s the deal, you’re an @nra mouthpiece. I don’t aim down, so I don’t debate mouthpieces. But send me your president, @OliverLNorth. I’ll debate him anywhere. #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/hu6eVkMIuL
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 19, 2019
The male feminist congressman has been under fire from conservatives since last year, when he promoted a controversial proposal to ban “assault weapons,” start a federally funded buyback program and threatened to prosecute gun owners who refused to give up their firearms.
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“Reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 would prohibit manufacture and sales, but it would not affect weapons already possessed. This would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come,” Swalwell wrote in an October USA Today op-ed. “Instead, we should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.”
Swalwell reiterated later that he would support jailing gun owners who failed to comply with his buyback programs, even joking that the federal government could “nuke” gun owners that refuse to participate.
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When Loesch slammed Swalwell’s policy in November, he doubled down on his remarks. This led Loesch to challenge Swalwell on his knowledge of firearms.
Can you explain to me the difference between assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles? Is .223 ok but 30.06 not? Why? https://t.co/Ew8mYiQewv
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 16, 2018
“We should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons,” Swalwell told Tapper during the segment.
When asked by Tapper if prosecution meant that Americans who held onto their guns would go to jail, Swalwell said “they would.”
Swalwell has made gun control the centerpiece of his 2020 campaign for president, echoing fellow Democrat’s claims that eliminating assault weapons would make communities safer. Such charges have been met with fierce resistance from conservatives.
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