“I would never give up my gun, under any circumstance. I wouldn’t. If I have a firearm in my house and I’m posing no threat I’m not giving it up and most Americans wouldn’t,” exclaimed Tucker.
The two men were debating Rep. Eric Swalwell’s proposal calling for a mandatory national “buyback” program, vis a vis New Zealand, that would require black rifle owners to turn ‘em over to authorities or else face jail time.
Earlier on the conversation, James attempted to walk back the California Democrat’s plan by saying that Swalwell would allow gun owners to possess ARs under certain, limited conditions.
“Tucker, thanks for having me,” James said. “And obviously again, you do have it a little wrong. Congressman Eric Swalwell did say he wants to ban military-style assault rifles. He also said that folks who want to keep them would be able to do so at a gun club or a hunter’s range in a locker, so it’s not taking them by force. It would be a buyback program. Again, this is his proposal, not mine.”
Swalwell did tell CNN that he was open to an “alternative” arrangement that would allow gun owners to “keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range.” But the real question is does anyone actually believe Swalwell, who is hoping to become the Democratic nominee for president, would not follow through with his confiscation manifesto?
“I know it’s not your proposal,” Tucker said. “But he just said, he said twice, he actually wrote a USA Today op-ed today saying it, and then he just said it on CNN, ‘People who don’t give up their guns will go to jail.’ He just said that. So it’s not a buyback program, that’s a gun confiscation by force.”
From the aforementioned USA Today op-ed that was originally published in May of 2018:
Instead, we should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons. The ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.
James eventually capitulated the point that those who refused to comply with the law, in this case, the Swalwell “buyback” scheme, would be prosecuted.
Tucker said that a government bent on seizing firearms from its citizens could lead to another “civil war.”
“It’s scary, man. You’re scaring people when you talk like this,” he later added. “You’re scaring me.”
“Please don’t try this crap on America,” Tucker concluded.
I wasn’t going to bring it up but this “crap” has already happened in America in 2019. Bump stocks! Those are now — as of March 26th — machineguns under federal law. Any American caught with one faces felony charges, jail time and the permanent loss of their 2A rights.
Reports suggest that compliance with the new bump stock ban has been virtually non-existence, which may be a solid indication as to what would happen if Swalwell got his wish. As Tucker said, most Americans wouldn’t [comply].
What we have yet to witness is how things may heat up if/when the government decides to go after bump stock owners. Right now the Trump administration seems fine with the status quo, which is keep ‘em out of sight and you got nothing to really worry about.
But that could all change with a Dem POTUS in the White House. Someone like Swalwell could ratchet up enforcement overnight and send ATF agents out to homes of persons suspected to possess bump stocks. With the NSA’s massive surveillance system and our digital footprint on social media, it wouldn’t be too difficult for the government to create a list of targets with a high probability of owning such devices (As I mentioned in the past, mine were all suddenly and inexplicably stolen one night).
Same situation would be true if a national confiscation scheme of ARs was enacted. Few, if any, may voluntarily surrender their rifles but that wouldn’t matter because Big Brother could easily pinpoint suspected violators by doing rudimentary social media searches. That would be after they took out all the vocal resisters to the ban. Those
freedom fighters troublemakers would be the first to go… to prison.
Maybe the ATF gets clever with it, too. Instead of pre-dawn raids at your home, agents nab you as part of a “routine traffic stop” on the way to the range or on the way back from a hunting cabin. The more discreet the operation, the less resistance agents are likely to face.
Look, Confiscation squads already exist in states like California. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine a situation where they become mainstream in all 50 states. And, to bolster their effectiveness, citizens would be encouraged through financial rewards (a gas card at a local station or a gift card to a supermarket) to rat out neighbors spotted with “illegal guns.”
Yes, yes, it all sounds crazy until you realize that a precursor to that very scenario exists with the “red flag” laws that are sweeping the nation. Also known as extreme risk protection orders, these create an environment where authorities can execute immediate ex parte guns seizures when a police officer or family member (or teacher, in NY) tells a judge that one is a danger to themselves or others.
Point is Tucker should be scared. Because we’re heading in a direction where confiscation is going to become more common, where citizens are going to be more inclined to report one another for misperceived “dangerous” behavior, where personal privacy no longer exists. All of which is an ideal environment for complete civil disarmament.