O'Rourke's unsettles senators working on gun control compromise

Clay Curtis
September 19, 2019

"Hell yes, we're going to take away your AR-15, your AK-47", O'Rourke declared amid the crowd's applause on Thursday evening.

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O'Rourke said Friday that his campaign had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Twitter about Cain's tweet.

O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, has made gun control his signature issue in the aftermath of a mass shooting last month in his hometown of El Paso.

Coons appeared earlier Friday on CNN to disavow support for O'Rourke's proposal and the way he promoted it.

The argument is that O'Rourke's comment feeds into a long-held conservative talking point that opening the door to any changes on gun laws - even something as minor as expanding background checks - could lead Democrats to eventually force people to give up their guns. The discussion on the debate stage in Houston, however, saw O'Rourke and other Democratic candidates endorsing ideas that go beyond any legislation under serious consideration in Washington.

Several gun control groups stressed Friday that they were not advocating confiscation, but they also didn't follow Coons' lead in condemning O'Rourke's declaration.

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He added, "Glimpse, staunch now we have an fabulous second on our palms".

Biden also reiterated his proposal for a federal voluntary buyback program to purchase privately owned guns. "We're not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore", O'Rourke said.

The public is largely conflicted about how the government should tackle the prevalence of assault weapons and their unique capacity to cause mass injury.

Polls have shown the majority of Americans favor more restrictions on guns and most of the Democratic field has called for a ban on assault weapons.

The division here occurs mainly along lines of gun ownership.

He stated his plan to confiscate some types of guns.

But O'Rourke's remarks worry Democrats like Warren Varley, who lost a race for a state legislative seat in Iowa previous year. "Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15-and neither should anyone else". "I don't need it to hunt, don't need it to defend myself in my home.' They recognize this is a weapon designed for war, to kill people as effectively, as efficiently, and in as great a number as possible". That has purchased the complicity and silence of members of Congress.

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