In one of the clearest signals of anti-gun rhetoric among the Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidency, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke came clean on stage by announcing a desire to take people’s “weapons of war”.
Moderator David Muir asked O’Rourke to clarify a statement he made about forcing Americans to give up their “assault”-style weapons. “Are you proposing taking away their guns? And how would this work?”
“If it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield; 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, so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.”
He continued: “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.”
O’Rourke’s plan to force Americans to sell “assault”-style weapons assumes several factors:
- A whole-sale “give us your assault weapons” plan would have mass public appeal
- Those who would do harm will voluntarily give them up
- An agreement could be made on what weapons are “assault”-style
A history of ignorance
As the gun debate wages on, politicians are not known to be the most experienced or knowledgeable about firearms.
Just a few examples:
“Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” – Joe Biden
Will Americans be forced to give up their shotguns, too, if they are “better” than an AR-15?
“The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?” – Louise Slaughter
All Americans “have” the second amendment, Ms. Slaughter.
“…it’s a shoulder thing that goes up.” – Carolyn McCarthy
In reference to a barrel shroud.
“We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.” – Dianne Feinstein
Last I checked, it wasn’t legal to “hunt humans”. Murder is illegal in this country regardless of the type of weapon used.
Thomas Archer writes about news and current events for The Public Slate.