Beto Tells CNN He Wants ‘Gun Confiscation’ in America - WATCH
2020 Democrat admits his gun control push is about confiscating firearms from citizens
2020 Democrat Beto O'Rourke has admitted during an interview with CNN that his recent calls for gun control in America are really about confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens.
O'Rourke was doubling down on his already-controversial stance on gun control, now declaring he is calling for "gun confiscation" in certain circumstances.
Speaking to host Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" on Wednesday night, Beto was asked point-blank: “Are you, in fact, in favor of gun confiscation?”
"Yes," O'Rourke adamantly responded.
"When it comes to AR-15s and AK-47s, weapons designed for use on a military battlefield, the high-impact, high-velocity round that is fired from those weapons," the former Texas congressman continued.
"When it comes to those weapons... the answer is yes."
The former Democratic lawmaker continued by warning Cuomo not to “get into the fear-mongering” he suggested was being pushed.
After laying out his plan to confiscate assault weapons, the Democratic presidential candidate then sat in stunned silence when Cuomo told him, “I don’t think you can do it.”
.@ChrisCuomo: "Are you in fact in favor of gun confiscation?"— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) September 19, 2019
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke: "Yes. When it comes to AR-15s and AK-47s, weapons designed for use on a military battlefield."https://t.co/rK6UEruuaO pic.twitter.com/bcBQoJgiZp
But O’Rourke insisted he wouldn’t apply the same policy to “firearms used for hunting or self-defense” and he warned Cuomo that “I don’t want you or anyone else to get into the fear-mongering that have fallen prey to saying the government is going to come and take all of your guns.”
Cuomo responded by asserting that he was merely repeating what Beto had already pledged to do.
“It’s not about fear-mongering. You said you’re going to confiscate guns.
"I don’t think you can do it … I don’t think we’ve seen the government do a private taking of property like you’re suggesting. I’m repeating what you’re saying.”
At last week's debate, O'Rourke was pressed by ABC's "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir about whether he was proposing "taking away" guns from lawful gun owners.
He said he was, specifically referencing weapons "designed to kill people on a battlefield."
"When we see that being used against children and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15," he said.
"And that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland, there weren't enough ambulances to get to them in time."
He then vowed: "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."
President Donald Trump shredded Democratic presidential candidate #BetoORourke on Wednesday, blasting the 2020 hopeful as a "dummy" who wants to "take your guns away."— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 18, 2019
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In response to the ongoing anti-Second Amendment calls from Democrats, President Donald Trump has promised to protect the right to keep and bear arms.
"Left-wing Democrats want to confiscate your guns and eliminate your God-given right to self-defense,” he told supporters during a rally in New Mexico on Monday.
He declared that “As your president, I will never allow them to take away your liberty, your dignity, … and I will never, ever, allow them to take away your sacred right to keep and bear arms.”