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Eric Swalwell’s glib comment about Odessa shooter is beyond the pale

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California representative and failed presidential candidate Eric Swalwell took a disgusting jab at “good guys with guns” as grieving families dealt with the tragedy of seven people being shot dead in Texas.

The California Democrat’s ill-timed tweet on Sunday was slammed for its insensitivity and immaturity coming so soon after a gunman randomly opened fire on people in Odessa and Midland, Texas, injuring nearly two dozen people following a traffic stop.

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In a series of tweets reacting to the shooting and amid the usual cries for gun control from the left, Swalwell, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race in July, commented on Beto O’Rourke’s message to “Buy them all back.”

Swalwell declared that the former Texas congressman was “spot on” and that it would be “irresponsible to support a ban on future sales of “assault weapons.”

But when a Twitter user responded by suggesting supporting open carry to help “stop all these mass shootings,” Swalwell replied with a sarcastic and inappropriate retort.

“Big shout out to all the civilian ‘good guys with guns’ who saved lives in Odessa. You know who you are. Thanks a million,” he wrote, apparently trying to be clever since the shooter was stopped dead by law enforcement after ramming the hijacked mail truck he was driving.

Swalwell added that “Texas IS an open carry state.”

The left has decried comments sending “thoughts and prayers” after a mass shooting tragedy as being useless, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even calling it a phrase meant to distract from the National Rifle Association. But there didn’t seem to be any outrage as Swalwell used the Texas tragedy this weekend to effectively sneer at gun owners.

The Democrat’s snarky implication that there is no such thing as a “good guy” who owns a gun as none stepped up to stop Saturday’s massacre was just another example of the hypocrisy of liberals. Never mind that there are countless true stories of those “good guys” stepping in and saving lives, including the one of an off-duty firefighter in Springfield, Missouri, earlier this month.

Days after the mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart where 22 people were killed, an armed off-duty fireman stopped what could have been a copycat attempt by a man armed with tactical weapons and wearing body armor.

Again this month, a bystander legally licensed to carry a firearm intervened as two men got into a fight at a Florida back-to-school event. The gunman was taken down by the armed civilian after he began shooting in an area filled with children.

But Swalwell, a Unites States Congressman in an elected office, chose to use this weekend’s tragedy as a platform for his rhetoric, rather than offer real comfort to families or even constructive dialogue.

He was deservedly slammed on social  media, including a scathing rebuke from former major-league pitcher and World Series star Curt Schilling.

Frieda Powers

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