O’Rourke Attends Gun Show Amid Calls For Confiscation

Beto O’Rourke is back on the campaign trail, seeking the Democratic nomination to take on President Trump in 2020, after a very brief break to mourn the El Paso shooting victims.

The former Texas congressman said in a statement on Thursday that he was ready to reboot his campaign with new vigor and renewed anger towards President Trump and firearms.

The Western Journal reports O’Rourke even attended a gun show in Texas to push his anti-gun ideals:

That’s why he rebooted his campaign by proposing a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” a forced buyback for them, a voluntary buyback program for handguns, restrictions which would raise the age to buy most firearms to 21 and an amorphous proposal which would institute some sort of national gun safety training for owning a firearm.

All of this was announced in earnest on Friday. On Saturday, needing to keep that media momentum up, he attended a gun show.

The Hill reports O’Rourke attended the gun show “to talk with firearm owners and vendors about solutions to tackle gun violence.”

“At the show, Beto listened to voters - including many Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 - about their thoughts on gun safety. In order to make progress, Beto believes we have to meet people where they are, and not be afraid to have hard conversations with people who may not always agree,” O’Rourke’s campaign said via the report.

“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 added in a tweet about the event.

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At the show, O’Rourke reportedly met a man who was somewhat ok with O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback idea.

The Western Journal adds:

O’Rourke spent 30 minutes at a gun show the day after he told Americans he was going to take away their guns and said it showed he could “have hard conversations with people who may not always agree.” But when his campaign found two people who sorta agreed with him, up on Twitter they went.

Beto’s communications director Chris Evans shared photos of the “Trump voter and Republican” who notably disagreed that the gun buyback would “solve the gun violence issue.”

It is unclear how many people O’Rourke met with while at the show, but he and his communications team only shared these two individuals online. It is probably safe to assume these two people, who barely agreed with the Democrat and his ideas, were among very few who agreed at all with the former congressman.


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