Beto O’Rourke was applauded by the Democratic audience when he said: ‘Hell, yes, we are going to take your AR-15s.’
O’Rourke got heated talking about the need to eliminate assault weapons after the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa
‘I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death,’ he said
Shortly after his intervention, his campaign tweeted a clip of it and a link to his fundraising website, suggesting he had practiced the line in advance
The candidates clashed on the details of gun control but agreed on universal background checks
By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER
13 September 2019
Beto O’Rourke made a bold gun control vow Thursday night at the 2020 Democratic debate, saying: ‘Hell, yes, we are going to take your AR-15s.’
The former Texas congressman was applauded by the Democratic audience but risked handing Republicans red meat for attack advertisements if he makes it to the head-to-head race with Donald Trump.
O’Rourke has made outspoken attacks on the Republicans and Donald Trump in particular over guns the centerpiece of his campaign in the wake of mass shootings in Texas, most recently at Walmart in El Paso.
But making the declaration on the debate stage reaches a wider audience – and could be used against him. It gained an instant response from an ultra-conservative Texas lawmaker, who tweeted: ‘My AR is ready for you.’
Since Briscoe Cain posted the message, Twitter removed it for violating the social media platform’s policies.
During the debate O’Rourke got heated talking about the need to eliminate assault weapons after the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa in a passionate speech that had the audience cheering him on.
‘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 you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.