A California Democrat opinion on Thursday that the fix for America’s gun issue involves a ban, a buyback, and prosecution.
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell is a former Alameda County deputy district attorney and has represented the San Francisco area in Congress since 2013. In an published by USA Today on Thursday, Swallwell recalls an where he prosecuted the killer of a taco truck security guard, Gary Jackson, murdered by a man who ambushed him with an AK-style rifle.
“So Gary didn’t stand much chance,” says Swallwell. “First-graders and teachers in Newtown, Conn., didn’t either. Nor did dancers at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, nor concert-goers in Las Vegas, nor teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., nor the people at the Waffle House outside Nashville. Like so many American mass-shooting victims in recent decades, their doom was all but assured by the murderer’s tool.”
The solution as advanced by the lawmaker who serves as the co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee: a ban on “military-style semiautomatic rifles” followed by a turn-in program funded by the federal government that he says could top $15 billion. For those who do not elect to sell the feds their firearm outlawed by such a ban, Swallwell says, “we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.”
Swallwell, who says, “Australia got it right,” was an original co-sponsor of , the Democrat-proposed federal assault weapon ban as well as a gun control bills, and has often on the subject of gun violence in the House. In addition to the USA Today piece, The Guardian a similar op-ed from the former prosecutor last October in the days following the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas.