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.
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.”
Beto is spot on. If you believe assault weapons are dangerous, it’s irresponsible to support a ban on future sales but grandfather in possession of the 15 million already in our communities. Either they’re dangerous & should be taken off the streets or don’t ban them at all. https://t.co/2Iv686AIMT
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 1, 2019
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.”
Big shout out to all the civilian “good guys with guns” who saved lives in Odessa. You know who you are. Thanks a million.
*btw, Texas IS an open carry state. https://t.co/cWTeyEkBrC
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 1, 2019
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.
Armed off-duty firefighter detains gunman reportedly carrying 100 rounds of ammo at MO Walmart https://t.co/TPwtzSXEhC
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 9, 2019
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.
Are you seriously that fucking ignorant? Seriously? You are clearly a man who has never had a parental ass whipping but sorely needed one and still do today. Oh ya, I still have more support for a potus run than you did.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) September 1, 2019
Democrats actually celebrating that a mass shooting wasn’t stopped by a good guy with a gun. Unbelievable. https://t.co/o3ogbKFSGG
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) September 1, 2019
Utterly classless. How low can one go on Twitter dot com? https://t.co/c4ZcWHCNvM
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) September 1, 2019
Well I was enjoying the relative peace and quiet of nobody coming forth with their Odessa hot takes but leave it to Swalwell to nuke it https://t.co/rUX2K9wYFE
— Jen Monroe ?? (@jenniferm_q) September 1, 2019
The Texas Church shooting proved that the left don’t care when good guys with guns stop shootings midway. Since many good guys with guns deter shootings, they never happen and thus, don’t make the news.
Saying “where is the good guy with the gun” is asking us to prove a negative.
— The Red-Headed Libertarian (@TRHLofficial) September 1, 2019
Big shout out to you, who hides behind Twitter and trolls a community in mourning. You need to take a seat. Question, do you feel good about yourself after this tweet? https://t.co/K9YaO6brUC
— Katy Allen (@kttallen) September 1, 2019
I live in Odessa Tx and the comments from this CA POS are infuriating. Whatever befalls Rep Swalwell is deserved and I will not feel any empathy for him. Karma has a way of revisiting this kind of slime. pic.twitter.com/EIe6TkqB1J
— randall clark (@randalljclark) September 2, 2019
Thankfully, you will never, ever be president
— Samantha ? (@samantha3050) September 1, 2019
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