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Beto O’rourke launched an expletive-fueled defense of his reputation Sunday to ban assault-style weapons and the imposition of a mandatory repurchases of AR-15 and AK-47, while pushing back on the critics-including fellow and 2020, Democrat Pete Buttigieg.
During last Thursday, the presidential debate, said the former Texas Congressman, “hell, yeah, we take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we will not allow that he is up against their fellow citizens, not more.” Three days later, O’rourke appeared on NBC News “Meet the Press,” where host Chuck Todd pointed out that it “rings a lot of hands” about the presidential contender, a full-throated call on national television for the seizure of such rifles.
As O’rourke the issue of gun violence in the center of his campaign effort, some of my fellow Democrats had chastised him, and were concerned that his statements made to respond to the things more difficult for gun control advocates as they negotiate with President Trump on the legislation, in order to in this summer’s mass shootings.
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After Todd pointed out that some Democrats were hesitant to such prohibitions, O ‘ Rourke replied, “I think that this just shows how sick the priorities in Washington, DC.”
He then brought the 22 people have been killed in a Walmart in his hometown of El Paso in the last month.
“To talk to the doctors and trauma-room surgeon who treated these victims in El Paso, she said, these are the wounds of the war— that high-impact, high-velocity round when it hit their systems, just crushed everything inside of them,” O’rourke said on Sunday. “I refuse to accept that, and I refuse to even acknowledge the politics, or the polling, or the fear of the NRA, which has acquired the complicity and the silence of the members of the Congress, and this weak response to a real tragedy in America.”
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Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and agreed with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., you say the clip of the former O’rourke’s statement about AR-15 and AK-47 “are played, for years, in the case of the Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to make people afraid by saying, the Democrats are coming for your guns.”
Buttigieg said, “Look, now we have an amazing moment on our hands. We have the agreement between the American people and not only for universal background checks, but we have a majority in favor of the red-flag laws, high capacity magazines, a ban on new sales of assault weapons. This is a Golden time to finally do something.”
Buttigieg went on to McConnell to say, “If even the President and even [Senate majority Leader] Mitch, are at least pretending to be open to reforms, we know that we have a moment on our page. Let’s make the best of it and get these things done.”
O’rourke pushed back in a tweet: “what are the millions of war weapons on the streets, because Trump and McConnell ‘at least pretending to be open to reforms? The calculation and fear is what us here in the first place. Let us have the courage to say what we believe in and fight for it.”
He later tweeted, “If the candidates had to say, ‘at least, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are pretending to be interested,’ sh–, this is not enough. Neither is a survey-test your message. Gun violence is a life or death issue and we, the bold ideas of people across the country.”
To take back as O’rourke and his call of the guns in the night on Friday, Trump warned at a Republican retreat in Baltimore, “the Democrats want to confiscate the weapons of law-abiding Americans, so they are completely defenseless if someone walks in your house.”
Trump promised that his party will “keep for ever high, the fundamental right to keep and bear arms,” which received loud applause.
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Trump and the White house aides have discussed, to go to some gun control measures with members of Congress, including the steps, after the fraudulent buyers, and increase mental health support. The official announcement on the trump plan is expected to week this.
Fox News’ Ben Florance and The Associated Press contributed to this report.