Chuck Schumer Doesn't 'Know Any Democrats' Who Back Beto's 'Gun Confiscation' Push
Senate minority leader denies support for anti-Second Amendment calls among 2020 Dems
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has dismissed the notion that there's support for 2020 Democrat Beto O'Rourke's radical "gun confiscation" push among their party members.
Schumer told reporters this week that he didn’t know of any Democrats who back Beto's plans for mandatory gun buyback laws, which the 2020 Democratic candidate admitted on CNN is actually about confiscating firearms from law-abiding Americans.
A reporter with New York newspaper Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Justin Murphy, asked Schumer to comment on Beto's anti-Second Amendment calls.
Murphy specifically pressed Schumer on President Donald Trump’s criticisms that O’Rourke’s extreme position has forced Democrats, who may otherwise work with Republicans on gun control, to an impasse.
Asked about @realDonaldTrump blaming @BetoORourke's gun removal comments for making it harder to pass gun control, @SenSchumer says: "I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke, but it’s no excuse not to go forward."— Justin Murphy (@CitizenMurphy) September 18, 2019
“Asked about @realDonaldTrump blaming @BetoORourke’s gun removal comments for making it harder to pass gun control, @SenSchumer says: ‘I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke, but it’s no excuse not to go forward,'” Murphy tweeted.
According to the Daily Caller, Charles C. W. Cooke pointed out that Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio — at least two of whom are currently serving alongside Schumer in the Senate — have voiced support for some degree of government mandatory buyback.
“Nobody. Except for Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both of whom agree with him, have said so publicly, and are currently serving in the Senate with Chuck Schumer,” Cooke tweeted.
Nobody. Except for Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both of whom agree with him, have said so publicly, and are currently serving in the Senate with Chuck Schumer. https://t.co/hGMENYb0m8— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 18, 2019
Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped short of supporting O’Rourke’s proposed solution, apparently balking at his use of the word “mandatory.”
She weighed in on the subject at the latest Democratic primary debate, saying, “I personally think we should start with a voluntary buyback program.”
Before bowing out the 2020 race, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also made several radical gun control calls, including criminally prosecuting law-abiding Americans who refuse to hand over their weapons to the government.
On Wednesday night, Beto doubled down on his ant-Second Amendment push, admitting 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 stated that he is now calling for "gun confiscation" in certain circumstances.
Speaking to host Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," 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."