Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced his campaign to be the state’s next governor by ensuring everyone knew he stands firm on his past promises to confiscate Americans’ firearms.
O’Rourke appeared on CNN this past Sunday and told Dana Bash that his campaign promise made during the 2019 Democratic presidential primaries is still his position. In that election season, he told voters, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
When Bash asked him if that would be his position as governor of Texas, he said, “I still hold that view.”
On #CNNSOTU this morning @BetoORourke said he not only still supports a government confiscation of legally obtained firearms from private citizens, but also confirms that’s what he would do if elected governor of Texas. pic.twitter.com/EOWSWnDs80
— Joanna Rodriguez (@joannamrod) November 21, 2021
He said that Texas has a “proud tradition of responsible gun ownership” and then went on to say that he believes most Texans do not want to see each other “shot up with these weapons of war.” O’Rourke noted that AR-15s have “one single solitary purpose,” that being killing as many people as quickly as possible.
O’Rourke made claims about gun violence about Kyle Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty of any criminal charges by a jury following his self-defense claim last week. Referring to his claim that the only purpose of an AR-15 is “killing people,” he said that “we saw that in Kenosha.”
The failed Democratic presidential and Senate candidate is expected to face the incumbent governor, Republican Greg Abbott, in the upcoming election. This year, Abbott signed an act making “constitutional carry” a right protected by state statute. The law proclaims the right of residents who are 21 and older to carry handguns in public without a state license.
O’Rourke pays lip service to the Second Amendment while calling the new Texas law “extremism.” He claimed that the restrictions and confiscation policies he plans will “protect the lives of our fellow Texans.”
When Bash asked O’Rourke about how Joe Biden’s tanking approval ratings might affect his campaign, he quickly moved to distance himself from the president and his dismal approval rating of 35 percent with Texans. O’Rourke said that his campaign will not be about “anyone outside of Texas.”