‘I still hold this view’: O’Rourke stands firm on pledge to take away guns

Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke effectively committed political suicide Sunday when the Democrat said he stands by a pledge made during his 2020 presidential campaign to take away so-called assault weapons including the AR-15 and AK-47.

According to The Hill, O’Rourke was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash if he would hold to his 2019 statement that “we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” if he is elected governor of the Lone Star State.

“Look, we are a state that has a long, proud tradition of responsible gun ownership,” the Democrat answered. “And most of us here in Texas do not want to see our friends, our family members, our neighbors shot up with these weapons of war. So, yes, I still hold this view.”

O’Rourke first proposed a mandatory buyback of the weapons during a primary debate. At the time, according to The Hill, he said, “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.”

Short-sighted?

Gun control advocates like O’Rourke actually believe that if they take away guns from law-abiding citizens (who are the only ones who would comply with a mandatory buyback), it will stop criminals from using their AR-15s and AK-47s against those law-abiding citizens.

What gun control supporters don’t seem to understand about human nature is that taking away legally owned guns emboldens criminals, who still have guns illegally and now know that the vast majority of the public won’t have one.

One only needs to look at Chicago, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation but still has dozens of shootings every weekend, to see how the reality of gun control plays out.

Criminals who want guns are going to find a way to get them, no matter what laws are put in place. Gun control laws do nothing but put law-abiding citizens at higher risk.

Political suicide

Besides being flawed, O’Rourke’s gun control views are political suicide in Texas, which is still dominated by conservatives who believe in the Second Amendment.

O’Rourke also didn’t like the concealed carry law current Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed last summer that allows concealed carry without a permit.

“We don’t want extremism in our gun laws. We want to protect the Second Amendment. We want to protect the lives of our fellow Texans. And I know that when we come together and stop this divisive extremism that we see from Greg Abbott right now, we’re going to be able to do that,” he told CNN, according to The Hill.

While that might carry water with the state’s Democrats, they are not the majority in Texas. O’Rourke’s efforts are an exercise in futility there, but that won’t stop him from trying.

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