Beto Vows to ’Confiscate Your Semi-Auto Firearms' if Elected
Democratic presidential candidate vows firearm confiscation
White House hopeful Beto O'Rourke has vowed that he intends to confiscate semi-automatic firearms from law-abiding Americans if he is elected president.
The presidential candidate made the remarks while campaigning in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Beto was asked by a reporter how he intends to address peoples' fears that the government will confiscate their semi-automatic firearms.
O'Rourke didn't hold back:
"I want to be really clear, that’s exactly what we are going to do. Americans who own [semi-automatic firearms] will have to sell them to the government."
The comments may not have been the wisest move for O'Rourke, who is barely above 2% in the polls.
The former Texas congressman has struggled to make headway with his campaign after his failed Senate bid in Texas.
The opposition research requests from a top opposition research firm on O'Rourke "have completely died off," according to a report from The Daily Beast in May.
O'Rourke's desperate attempt to use tragedies to help his campaign has never seemed to work.
O’Rourke was quick to pounce on the recent shooting in Texas that killed five and wounded several others, cursing on live TV Sunday morning to get his point across about gun violence.
The 46-year-old former congressman appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and was played a clip shooting in west Texas, where he said the violence across the country was “f---ed up.”
After the clip played the word was bleeped out. But O’Rourke used the same language on CNN where it wasn’t censored.
Robert Francis O’Rourke announces that if he's elected he is going to confiscate your guns:— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 1, 2019
Reporter: How do you address fears that the government is going to confiscate people's semi-auto firearms?
O’Rourke: “I want to be really clear, that’s exactly what we are going to do” pic.twitter.com/IQxIkhM1Yj
Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again. More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic. https://t.co/ytWLcg7y20— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 31, 2019
"Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again," O'Rourke tweeted.
"More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic."
But recently, a Reuters report revealed that O'Rourke used to write fantasies about how he wanted to murder children.
"It’s unclear whether the United States is ready for a presidential contender who, as a teenager, stole long-distance phone service for his dial-up modem, wrote a murder fantasy in which the narrator drives over children on the street, and mused about a society without money," Reuters reported.
"One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street," O'Rourke wrote.
"They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles ...This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams."
"As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two," O'Rourke continued.
"I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head."