During O’Rourke’s appearance on MSNBC, he alleged that Texans themselves have expressed willingness to hand over their AR-15s to the government. The statements which O’Rourke claims that Texans made are deeply rooted in left-wing philosophies on gun control.
Nevertheless, the 2020 hopeful’s statements on the matter read as follows:
“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.”
Last night, I was asked if I’d buy back AR-15s and AK-47s.
I said, “Hell yes.”
If you’re with me, RT. pic.twitter.com/Z29m8i1Orn
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 14, 2019
O’Rourke failed to provide credible evidence to confirm that Texans did, in fact, make the aforementioned statements.
More on the Gun Control Debate and 2020
The 2020 presidential election marks a pivotal new chapter in the gun control debate. Critics of O’Rourke’s proposal to buy back AR-15s and AK-47s have noted that confiscating the property of lawful Americans does not impact criminals.