New Zealand

Every Democrat running for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination is pursuing some sort of gun control.

One hopeful, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, threatened a Twitter user who criticized his proposal to “buy back” weapons from Americans and “criminally prosecute” those who refused to cooperate.

Swalwell reasoned that any conflict between the government and gun owners would be short because the government has nukes.

The Democratic candidates should take a lesson from New Zealand, contends the Second Amendment Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

In response to the Christchurch mosque shooting, the New Zealand government adopted a ban on semi-automatic weapons and ordered residents to turn them in.

CCRKBA chairman Alan Gottlieb said the lesson that Democrats need to learn is that while people might be ordered to turn in their weapons, most will not comply.

So far, however, only about 700 firearms have been turned in to New Zealand authorities among an estimated 1.5 million in the country.

“From poll leader Joe Biden down to last place Washington Gov. Jay Inslee,” said Gottlieb, “every Democrat running has offered some new degree of gun control to include bans on many semiautomatic firearms. But New Zealanders, who don’t even enjoy a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in their constitution, are balking at the notion of turning in their firearms.

“Here in the United States,” he said, “where we have the Second Amendment as the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, anybody who seriously believes the citizens will line up to just hand over their guns may be too delusional to be president.”

Gottlieb said that when a government “starts penalizing law-abiding citizens for crimes they didn’t commit, it’s up to those citizens to resist. We understand there are legal challenges in the works, and we support that.”

“After the tragedy of Christchurch, our sympathies are still with the people of New Zealand. However, it should be no surprise that there are now concerns about a possible black market in illicit firearms,” he said.

He noted that the suspect in the New Zealand shooting intended “in part to stir up a gun control debate and bring about new restrictions in New Zealand and in the United States.

“If this is what’s happening in New Zealand,” he concluded, “just what do Democrats running for president think would happen here if they followed the same course? We guarantee they would collide head-on with the Bill of Rights.”

New Zealand’s new law banned military-style weapons only a few weeks after the shooting

Governor General Patsy Redding said the penalties would be up to five years in prison for anyone who retains a banned gun.

Blaze TV congressional correspondent Nate Madden wrote in a Conservative Review column that Swalwell’s radical proposal provided a useful lesson.

“It’s easy to point out how insane it is that a sitting member of Congress is talking about confiscating the property of American citizens and using nukes against those who don’t comply, because it’s pretty insane. Whether or not you believe his claims of being facetious is up you,” he wrote.

“But it’s also nice to see an anti-gun politician take the mask off for a moment to remind us what the debate about the Second Amendment is really about and why 2A exists in the first place. The talk about gun control is around these mythical ‘commonsense’ laws that we can put in place that will supposedly make Americans safer through further firearms regulation. ‘We don’t want to take your guns away,’ the argument goes, ‘we just want some common sense.'”

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.