In response to 2020 presidential candidate Eric Swalwell’s plan for mandatory gun buyback, conservative Boston College Lecturer-in-Law Elliott Hamilton tweeted, “We fought a revolution over crap like this.” Now, there should be nothing really controversial about this, right?

Wrong. Here is Swalwell’s response:

What are you, 6?

It also shows he has no idea how the Revolutionary War started or what the battles of Lexington and Concord were all about:

From the History Channel:

The Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775, kicked off the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. A confrontation on the Lexington town green started off the fighting, and soon the British were hastily retreating under intense fire. Many more battles followed, and in 1783 the colonists formally won their independence.

It’s even in the Schoolhouse Rock! episode, “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World“:

And on to Concord marched the foe
To seize the arsenal there you know,
Waking folks searching all around
Till our militia stopped them in their tracks,
At the old North Bridge we turned them back
And chased those Redcoats back to Boston town.

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Editor’s note: We’ve corrected an editorial error on Elliott Hamilton’s position at Boston College. 

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