Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke recently turned up at a gun show amid his calls for gun confiscation and it did not go well for him.
The former Democratic lawmaker learned many of the anti-gun lines he had been peddling were flat-out lies and that gun owners responsibly purchase their firearms, careful to abide by the laws Congress has put in place.
O’Rourke, not willing to admit his error, took to social media to continue pushing his anti-gun propaganda.
“We won’t solve the challenges we face with half steps, half measures, or half the country. That’s why we’re going everywhere, including to gun shows, to meet Americans where they are—and bring them into our campaign,” O’Rourke tweeted.
“In Arkansas, I listened to gun owners and sellers—and appreciated hearing their perspectives. But as the plan we released yesterday says, if I’m president, you wouldn’t be able to buy weapons of war for $395. You wouldn’t be able to buy them at all,” he added in another tweet.
We won’t solve the challenges we face with half steps, half measures, or half the country. That’s why we’re going everywhere, including to gun shows, to meet Americans where they are—and bring them into our campaign. https://t.co/aUVDwHV8ON
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 17, 2019
The NRA responded to the pair of tweets, reminding O’Rourke that he is polling at 2 percent (29 percent behind front-runner Joe Biden) in a Fox News poll. A Post and Courier poll has O’Rourke garnering only one percent.
“If I’m president…”
Beto: Have you taken a look at the polls? 🤣 https://t.co/BfwRQdXVdd
— NRA (@NRA) August 17, 2019
O’Rourke responded with a poll that showed many Americans agreed with “assault weapon” bans.
The NRA asserted some of these anti-gun critics are not well versed on gun terminology, sharing a video of one critic who argued against “fully semi-automatic rifles.”
A majority of people can’t even tell you what an “assault weapon” is and can’t define “semi-automatic.”
This gun control activist (who was fed talking points) wants to ban “fully semi-automatic” guns.
— NRA (@NRA) August 18, 2019
It’s also like how leftists calling for “universal” background checks don’t even know that gun buyers already go through background checks.
They think you can get a gun shipped next day online.
I am also excited to see Beto fail again. https://t.co/YkJzqq9H4G
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) August 18, 2019
In another tweet, O’Rourke argued the cost of purchasing life-saving insulin was higher than the cost of an AR-15.
“Insulin costs $450 a month. An AR-15 costs $395 for a lifetime. It shouldn’t be more affordable to kill than to stay alive,” O’Rourke said in the series of tweets.
Beto, can you please tell me where I can buy an AR-15 for under $400? I’ll take 10 of them. https://t.co/eRTPtNaSCV
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 17, 2019
O’Rourke was not the only Democratic presidential candidate to try and peddle the anti-guns lines as Kamala Harris similarly took to social media to claim people could buy a firearm online without being subject to a federal background check.
“Guns shouldn’t be a click away for any domestic terrorist with a laptop. The new executive action I announced this week will help close the online sales loophole. As president, I will act to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
Loesch ripped up the “false & irresponsible claim” and reminded the California lawmaker what the law actually says: “Purchases made over the Internet must still go through a FFL, this is federal law: 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30.”
“If this law is violated it is not a ‘loophole,’ it is a criminal act,” she added.
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A false & irresponsible claim. Purchases made over the Internet must still go through a FFL, this is federal law: 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30. If this law is violated it is not a “loophole,” it is a criminal act. https://t.co/3EIlaB2Kec
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 17, 2019