Beto Claims Texas Gun Owners Want Gun Confiscation - Gets Shredded By Texans
2020 hopeful gets on the wrong side of Texan gun owners with tall story
Presidential candidate "Beto" O'Rourke has frequently claimed that Texas gun owners would willingly allow their guns, such as AR-15s and AK-47s, to be confiscated by the government.
The former Texas congressman solidified this notion on Saturday by telling MSNBC's Joy Reid that Texans have told him hey don't need AR-15s.
"Texans who own AR-15s, they've told me, 'I don't need this. I don't need it to hunt, I don't need it to protect myself ... if giving this back, or cutting it to pieces, or selling it to the gov helps to keep us safer, then, by all means, do it,'" The Daily Wire reported.
The Texas Tribune reported that O'Rourke also claimed a "longtime Republican" told him he is all in for the gun confiscation while they were urinating in a bathroom.
"New O'Rourke anecdote: He says a longtime Republican chatted him up today in [Buc-ee's Beaver] bathroom on guns," posted Svitek.
"He said, 'This is gonna be strange — not strange that I'm talking to you while we're both at a urinal ... but strange because I'm telling you you're absolutely right on guns.'"
During last week's Democratic presidential primary debate, O'Rourke made similar suspicious claims.
O'Rourke stories unsurprisingly grabbed the attention of real l Texas gun owners.
The Democrat was taken to task by The Blaze's Jason Howerton:
"Hey, [Beto O'Rourke], actual Texan here," he wrote.
"I regret to inform you that your request to buy my legally purchased firearms has been denied after your background check revealed a criminal record."
"Don't want to take any chances. Xoxo," Howerton added.
Beto O'Rourke with another 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥: “Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me, 'I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt, I don’t need it to protect myself…if giving this back, or cutting it to pieces, or selling it to the gov helps to keep us safer, then by all means do it’” pic.twitter.com/am73OpOC8A— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 14, 2019
New O'Rourke anecdote: He says a longtime Republican chatted him up today in @BUCEES bathroom on guns. "He said, 'This is gonna be strange — not strange that I’m talking to you while we’re both at a urinal ... but strange because I'm telling you you're absolutely right on guns."— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) September 14, 2019
Hey, @BetoORourke, actual Texan here.— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 14, 2019
I regret to inform you that your request to buy my legally purchased firearms has been denied after your background check revealed a criminal record.
Don’t want to take any chances. Xoxo 😘 https://t.co/GAT1KRh0xy
Texan here.— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) September 14, 2019
I rate this a Texas sized lie. https://t.co/Ub1VKgSrVy
As an American who lived in Texas for a year, I feel confident in saying this is bull. https://t.co/HRXVwn3zhL— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) September 15, 2019
Dear Beto,— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) September 13, 2019
Come and take it. https://t.co/MaxDpiyASv
Howerton was highlighting O'Rourke's past run-in with the law.
Beto was arrested for drunk driving in 1998.
According to the police report as per the Houston Chronicle, "there was a crash involved" and that "O'Rourke allegedly attempted to flee."
Saavedra reported last August:
"A reporter who witnessed the crash said that he observed O'Rourke traveling at a 'high rate of speed’ in a 75-mph zone as O’Rourke then ‘lost control of the vehicle and struck a truck.'
O'Rourke had attempted to flee the scene of the crash after hitting someone, according to the report, but he was stopped by a reporter.
O'Rourke's tales of gun owners saw more pushback from actual gun owners.
"Texan here," said Red State's Brandon Morse.
"I rate this a Texas sized lie."
"As an American who lived in Texas for a year, I feel confident in saying this is bull," wrote Daily Caller associate editor Virginia Kruta.
Last week, O'Rourke doubled down on his promise to ban every semi-automatic rifle in America despite a backlash.
O'Rourke rejected the idea that the gun confiscation would involve Americans voluntarily handing over their legally purchased firearms.
"It's not voluntary. It's mandatory," O'Rourke said.
But O'Rourke avoided answering the question regarding how far he would go on enforcing such a law.