U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, admitted on social media that he’d support confiscation of legal firearms and even suggested the government would easily win a war with gun owners because they have nuclear warheads.

Swalwell, who is considering a presidential run in 2020, responded to a Twitter user who suggested the lawmaker’s extreme anti-gun stance would result in a war.

“So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war,” Joe Biggs, whose profile describes himself as a combat veteran. “Because that’s what you would get.”

“You’re outta your f****** mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power,” he added.

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Biggs was responding to a May news article in which the California Democrat discussed a $15 billion government program to confiscate millions of guns from Americans.

He confirmed said desire to confiscate guns in a separate tweet:

In a stunning move, Swalwell responded to Biggs comment with a threat, saying the government would squash gun owners in “a short war” because “the government has nukes.”

 

There you have it – a Democrat freely admitting they would confiscate your legally owned firearms if they could, and they’d even appear willing to use nuclear weapons should law-abiding Americans decide to fight back.

What a remarkably ill-thought-out statement from a man who wants to be President.

The backlash to Swalwell’s comments was fierce. He was, as the kids like to say, ratioed.

 

Oddly enough, Swalwell’s reaction wasn’t to say ‘hey, I made a dumb comment,’ he followed up his threat of nuclear war by whining that it didn’t result in substantive debate about gun laws in America.

 

Hey, Chief – I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty confident the best way to spur debate with gun owners is not, I repeat NOT, to threaten them by saying ‘we’d smoke you with nuclear weapons if you don’t comply.’

Swalwell later claimed he was simply being sarcastic with his cavalier threat of nuclear war, even turning the claim of threatening people back on Biggs.

“It’s sarcasm,” he said, “to counter a serious threat from the gun owner that he would declare war against America.”

The only thing that’s been nuked here is your 2020 presidential bid.