Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claims that Texans are telling him that they would be happy to relinquish their gun ownership rights and hand over their guns to the federal government.
During an MSNBC interview, O’Rourke told the host that “guns to hunt or for self-defense makes a lot of sense to us here in Texas,” but a “weapon of war” should not be permitted.
The Daily Mail reports:
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.’
Beto O'Rourke says Texans have told him 'they do not need' their AR-15s and would happily turn them over https://t.co/VcvPdhkZIp
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) September 15, 2019
O’Rourke claimed a federal gun confiscation effort would be constitutionally sound.
“This is something that we’re able to do through the Commerce Clause and this is something that is not prevented from — wouldn’t prevent the United States from doing by the Second Amendment. So this is constitutionally sound,” O’Rourke said per the Washington Examiner. “This is absolutely necessary if we care about the lives of our fellow Americans. ”
O’Rourke also claimed that gun owners in his home state are jovially telling him: “I own one of these guns, don’t need it to hunt, don’t need it for self-defense. This is the right thing to do, I would gladly give it up.'”
“So not only is this constitutionally sound, I think there’s support beyond the Democratic Party to include Republicans, independents, gun owners, and non-gun owners alike to do the right thing,” the Democrat added.
.@BetoORourke defends his gun control plans within the 2nd amendment.
"This is constitutionally sound. This is absolutely necessary if we care about the lives of our fellow Americans," he said. pic.twitter.com/77JcG6pSXe
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 15, 2019
The Washington Examiner adds:
During the fourth Democratic debate Thursday, O’Rourke said, “If the high-impact, high-velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that … Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, we’re not going to allow it to be used on fellow Americans anymore.”
This is like the 'everyone I know would happily pay more taxes' line the left loves to push. 🙄 https://t.co/I9eevYHt3z
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) September 15, 2019
Here’s how some people online responded, per Twitchy: