Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke may be looking to extend gun restrictions to more semi-automatic firearms than just AR-15s and AK-47s.
After successfully painting himself as the presidential candidate to implement extreme gun control measures, some people are beginning to ask how far will these measures go?
During a campaign stop in Colorado, O’Rourke was asked how far he would be willing to push the envelope on his gun ban and whether or not he’d be willing to ban all semi-automatics weapons.
The Daily Wire reports:
Evan Todd, who survived the Columbine tragedy after being shot, confronted O’Rourke as he spoke in Aurora after arriving approximately an hour late to the event.
Todd, a pro-Second Amendment supporter who sought to discover just how far O’Rourke was willing to take his extreme gun control policies, told O’Rourke: “I understand that you want to implement a mandatory buyback for AR-15s and AK-47s. None of my classmates were murdered with those weapons, 50% of mass murders don’t happen with those weapons.”
“Don’t you think it’s time to get rid of all semi-auto firearms?” Todd asked.
So, would he?
“Yeah,” O’Rourke reportedly answered. “I want to listen to him.”
“If there’s a way to improve what we have proposed, I want to make sure that we are reflecting that,” he added.
Tonight, a man shot at Columbine HS asked @BetoORourke why he isn't calling for a ban on ALL semiautomatic weapons. Beto offered this to reporters: "If there's a way to improve what we've proposed, I want to make sure we're reflecting that." pic.twitter.com/VIR8eWMz5h
— Ryan Haarer (@RyanHaarer) September 20, 2019
The presidential candidate left the door open on banning more than just AR-15s and AK-47s, which could include handguns and shotguns.
The Daily Wire reports these weapons “easily constitute the majority of the estimated 393 million firearms that Americans own.”
During a gaggle Beto tells reporters he will talk to the Columbine survivor about expanding the range of guns he’d confiscate. Says he’s open to anything.
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) September 20, 2019
Here’s even more from the Daily Wire:
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Todd told The Daily Wire that after he asked his question, he spoke to dozens of O’Rourke’s supporters and that in every exchange he had with them he mentioned, “but he never answered my question,” to which many of O’Rourke’s supporters responded to by saying, “Yeah, well, we have to start somewhere.”
“I wanted to get an honest answer from Beto of where he truly draws the line,” Todd continued, adding, “but it if I were to answer my own question the answer would be, hell no!”