Beto O’Rourke, who is vying for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020, said that his fellow Texans have said that they ‘don’t need’ their AR-15s and that they’ll turn them in if it means keeping the population safer. The guy is a stone-cold liar. It’s been my experience that the majority of Texans would never give up their Second Amendment rights.
O’Rourke, 46, who was born in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people died in a mass shooting in early August, has been hitting the gun control argument hard during his campaign and said last week’s Democratic presidential debate that he would take away military-style assault rifles from gun owners. Spoken like a wealthy, leftist elitist who doesn’t give a whit for the Constitution and our rights.
From The Daily Mail:
“During an MSNBC interview Friday, the former Texas congressman said that owning ‘guns to hunt or for self-defense makes a lot of sense to us here in Texas,’ but that a ‘weapon of war’ is unnecessary.
“He added that ‘even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me this themselves ― “I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt, I don’t need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back, or cutting it to pieces, or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means, let’s do it.”‘
“He said that these sentiments were shared with him by people including parents who were concerned about the children’s safety in schools, in the wake of multiple mass shootings around the country which have involved AR-15-style rifles and have resulted in high death tolls.
“During the Thursday night debate, O’Rourke said: ‘Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.’
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 13, 2019
“His statement prompted Republican Texas House of Representatives member Briscoe Cain, 34, to tweet, ‘My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,’ a statement which O’Rourke – whose first and middle names are Robert Francis – promptly called ‘a death threat.’
“Cain’s tweet has since been removed for violating Twitter’s ‘rules for threats of violence.’
“While speaking with MSNBC, O’Rourke said that he was proposing a mandatory buyback of the military-style assault rifles, in which the government would give gun owners a fair market price for their ‘weapon of war.’
“‘It’s expecting Americans to follow the law,’ he said.
“He added that he was also willing to listen to alternative methods of ensuring that these types of guns would not be used to slaughter people in the streets, as well.
“O’Rourke’s assault rifle buyback idea comes in the way of two mass shootings in Texas within 30 days.
“On August 3, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 26 at an El Paso Walmart. Then, on August 31, a shooting spree between Texas’ Odessa and Midland left seven dead and 21 wounded.”
O’rourke’s comments prompted GOP state Rep. Briscoe Cain to write in a tweet that his “AR is ready for” O’Rourke.
Beto continued to push back against the Texas legislator’s tweet on Friday. “His use of firearms to try to intimidate people — that’s not reflective of this state. Gun owners, non-gun owners alike … we are proud of gun ownership but responsible gun ownership,” O’Rourke said of Cain on Friday. Which is a flat out lie.
Cain appeared with Brian Kilmeade on Friday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Cain reiterated that his Thursday debate-night “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis” tweet at O’Rourke wasn’t a physical threat, but rather a version of the oft-repeated gun rights phrase, “come and take it.”
“Are you rethinking your tweet, or underlining it?” asked Kilmeade.
“We’ve got to underline it, for sure,” said Briscoe. “You know, Robert Francis, of course, the one who made the threat, wants to rob millions of Americans of their property. He threatened to trespass on my property and the property of others or to kick down our door and take from us. What I wrote really is just another way of saying ‘come and take it.’”
And it may come as a shock to Beto, but the majority of Americans feel just that way.
Beto also said: “We are a nation of laws,” he said. “It’s part of what defines us and distinguishes us from the rest of the world. So I believe that America will comply with the law, and I believe that there will be a due process in devising a law in the first place where we listen to stakeholders all concerned and affected but do not allow the delays that we’ve seen that have lasted decades to stop us from finally acting on this.”
If laws were ever passed forcing Americans to turn in their guns there would be a civil war — there would not be the blind compliance that O’Rourke claims. It would never fly. Beto says they would not go door to door but that is not true either. The moment Americans told them to get stuffed over giving up their guns they would go door to door.
O’rouke is damaging his own party here with this hype. He’s also doing all of this for attention and in the hope that he can somehow get more support for his campaign. Not going to happen. The latest polls show O’Rourke’s Democratic support ranging from zero to 4%. A RealClearPolitics average has him at 2.3%, behind candidates like entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 2.5% and Sen. Cory Booker.
Call it a night Beto and take your gun control with you.