California Congressman Eric Swalwell (D) has found himself at the center of a viral story about gun control after suggesting on Twitter that the government could use nuclear weapons on its own people if they don’t submit to gun confiscation.

Everyone knows Democrats are all-in for gun control, but nukes? Really?

It all began when John Cardillo of Newsmax tweeted out this article about Swalwell and gun control:

Which was followed by this exchange:

Then came this:

That set off a firestorm of reactions.

Stephen Miller of FOX News:

Professor Jacobson:

David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner:

Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon, who happens to be one of the most knowledgeable reporters working today on the subject of guns:

Ben Domenech of the Federalist:

Rob Province, whom I have sometimes called the Iowahawk of guns:

Even the NRA:

Naturally, Swalwell thinks he is the victim in all this:

In case you aren’t aware, Eric Swalwell has been talking about confiscating guns, with the more palatable language of “buybacks” for months. In May of this year, he wrote the following in an op-ed for USA Today:

Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress

Reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 would prohibit manufacture and sales, but it would not affect weapons already possessed. This would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.

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.

Shortly after the publication of that column, he appeared on the Tucker Carlson show and things went exactly as you would probably expect. Watch:

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