Reviews | Eric Swalwell has taken the GOP to task for its gun nonsense. Democrats should follow suit.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) spoke on behalf of millions of Americans when he excoriated fellow Republicans for their increasingly silly excuses this week during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. “Who are you here for? Are you here for our children – or are you here for the killers? ” He asked.
His just diatribe worth listening to in full:
He is unquestionably right that Republicans are using sanity and school funding as excuses to do nothing. Democrats would be well advised to enact legislation that would provide funding for mental health, schools, gun violence research and police training. Republicans would surely vote against it, as they have done in the past.
Other responsible Democrats and news outlets should be just as aggressive as Swalwell in attacking Republicans for insulting American intelligence. Unsurprisingly, when forcefully confronted with their assertions that guns aren’t the problem, Republican politicians often flee the scene, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) recently did. Yet they continue to make blatantly false statements (e.g., no gun laws work!).
Republicans face tough questions from voters, political opponents and the media. Here are a few :
- Why do you oppose background checks when a super majority of gun owners approve of them? What interests do you defend?
- How much money did you accept from the National Rifle Association?
- As my colleague Glenn Kessler has reported, “State laws requiring a license to purchase a firearm, which includes a background check of all purchases, are associated with a 60% lower chance of a public shooting. mass happening”. So why not skip them?
- You say people won’t obey gun laws, but we pass laws against everything from bank robberies to heroin trafficking. Why are gun regulations different?
- If you don’t like gun regulations, why not hold gun owners who don’t properly secure their guns accountable when their guns are used in a crime?
- Let’s be clear: you don’t trust teachers to educate children about the history of race in America, but you trust them to bring a powerful weapon to school, keep it out of the hands of others, and react more aggressively. and faster. to an active shooter than to law enforcement? (Listen to students who have survived mass shootings who think the idea is crazy.)
- How do you explain the decrease in the number of deaths by firearmincluding suicides, in Australia after its gun buy-back program?
- How do you explain the 40% drop in gun violence when Connecticut required a gun license?
- The United States already has banned most Second Amendment compliant machine guns. Why would banning semi-automatic weapons be unconstitutional?
- Are you opposed to banning guns on planes? At presidential events?
For too long, gun fetishists have been given a free pass as they churned out ridiculous claims and excuses for not addressing the issue of gun violence. For refusing to let the logic of his fellow Republicans pass unchallenged and for modeling the appropriate (calm but morally outraged) behavior, it’s safe to say kudos, Rep. Swawell.