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Eric Swalwell: Second Amendment Isn’t “Absolute Right”

Recently-announced Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell expressed an ambiguous view on the Second Amendment while speaking on CNN Sunday.

The California Congressman was asked if he supported an outright appeal of the constitutional amendment. He claimed he’d oppose such a dramatic proposal, while stating that “the Second Amendment is not an absolute right.” The Democrat went on to invoke federal bans on destructive devices such as bazookas and rocket propelled grenades as a rationale for a federal ban on what he defines as “assault weapons,” a political term invented to describe some of the most commonly owned firearms in America.

Swalwell’s comparison of weapons designed for civilians and rocket-propelled grenades is a red herring, nothing more. Such devices have never been in widespread circulation among among American gun owners- although they’re technically legal, they’re heavily regulated to the point where they’re near impossible to transfer or obtain. The assault weapons ban that Swalwell has expressed a desire to champion, however, would criminalize nearly 20 million firearms already owned by American gun owners.

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