Dana Loesch clapped back at Rep. Eric Swalwell for claiming he didn’t know who she is and for his plan to “confiscate millions of legally-owned firearms.”
The National Rifle Association spokeswoman responded on Twitter to a series of messages after the Democrat presidential candidate replied to a comment from the founder of an anti-gun group.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, mocked Loesch in a tweet linking to comments she made on NRA TV accusing Swalwell of “disrespecting and disliking police officers because he supports gun safety laws.”
“Both of his brothers are law enforcement officers,” Watts noted.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 15, 2019
Swalwell thanked her for her tweet, claiming he did not know who Loesch is but declared that “it looks like she spends more time worrying about me than she does for gun violence victims.”
Thank you, Shannon. I spoke at the funeral of a police officer killed by gun violence. I’m running for President to protect them, too. I don’t know who @dloesch is, but it looks like she spends more time worrying about me than she does for gun violence victims. #EndGunViolence https://t.co/MmD2CXs5Md
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 16, 2019
Loesch roasted the California Democrat who has made stricter gun control a central theme of his campaign, reminding him that he has “addressed” her directly “many times.”
You’ve directly addressed me many times, so let’s not do that. Actually, it looks like you worry more about law-abiding Americans than criminals. Tell me Rep. Swalwell, how do you plan to confiscate millions of legally-owned firearms, as you said you would on CNN? https://t.co/Wz78GlvhFa
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 16, 2019
Loesch also called him out for his recent interview on CNN, doubling down on his proposal to ban “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” with a buy-back program.
The Democrat, who has maintained that President Donald Trump is an “agent” of Moscow, has offered no definition of what he considers an “assault weapon” to be and no details of what a buyback program would look like. The lawmaker rallied last year for the confiscation of semi-automatic firearms and threatened that it would be a “short war” if anyone resisted and that the “government has nukes” that it could use in a war against Second Amendment supporters.
Those who choose not to cooperate with the buy-back program and hold on to their weapons would face criminal prosecution, including possible jail time, the presidential hopeful reiterated Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper. But he offered an “alternative which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range” to avoid prosecution.
(Video via CNN)
“It’s not just the violence that they’ve caused, it’s the fear, the immeasurable fear that our children live in because they are still on our streets,” Swalwell said of the “devastating” weapons.
“I want to get rid of that fear,” he added, pointing to recent gun control measures put in place by Australia and New Zealand following deadly shootings.
Tapper noted that the “vast majority of gun-related deaths in this country are not related to these semi-automatic assault weapons” and that the “vast majority of gun-owners are law-abiding citizens,” asking Swalwell about the criticisms that Democrats are after broader gun bans.
“One of the most frequent attacks on this issue from President Trump and Republicans is that Democrats want to take away your guns. But isn’t it fair to say you actually do want to take away people’s guns?” he asked.
“You know, keep your pistols, keep your long rifles, keep your shotguns,” Swalwell replied. “I want the most dangerous weapons, these weapons of war, out of the hands of the most dangerous people.”
Loesch had slammed the left’s “strawman arguments” which claim it’s impossible to “round up” illegal immigrants to send back to their countries but “think it’s completely feasible to go door-to-door to millions of American homes and confiscate firearms or participate in your mandatory ‘buy-back scheme.”
Twitter users joined Loesch in blasting Swalwell and daring him to go ahead with his plan.
Dana, I guess he forgot about 1776.
— BruinMike (@bruinmike1776) April 16, 2019
He needs to address how he plans on turning millions of law abiding citizens into criminals with the stroke of a pen.
— Tim Allen (@timallensblues) April 16, 2019
That will surely solve all the violent crime problems, as criminals are known to follow laws.
— Justin B (@TexanJustin) April 16, 2019
From my cold, dead hands.
— Gary Ullrich (@garyullrich) April 16, 2019
The greatest irony of all, of course, is that the second amendment’s garuntee to keep and bear arms was distinctly installed to enable to citizens to defend themselves from a government run amok and trying to take those arms away. Police and hunting had nothing to do with it.
— Pheardom (@Pheardom) April 16, 2019
Whose taking the guns from the criminal types?
— David Schomburg (@David60645682) April 16, 2019
— Tom Hammer (@MAGASoGood) April 16, 2019
He’s already answered that question, Dana. He’s going to nuke us.
— Brad Hutchings ?? (@BradHutchings) April 16, 2019
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