Schumer: No Democrat I Know Supports Beto's Gun Confiscation Plan

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 11:15 AM
Schumer: No Democrat I Know Supports Beto's Gun Confiscation Plan

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Former Texas lawmaker Beto O'Rourke told voters at the last DNC debate that "hell yes" he would confiscate their AR-15s if he was president. He probably thought it was bold and, admittedly, it did generate him some desperately needed media attention. The problem is, most Democrats who have publicly responded to his declaration agree that it was a stupid thing to say.

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) not only disagrees with O'Rourke's declaration, but he predicted his words will be used and recycled and blasted on loud speakers at pro-Second Amendment rallies. Coons also worried that O'Rourke may have just harmed his bipartisan attempt to get background check legislation passed. He's been working on a bill for some time with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (PA).

Then Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Beto what he could do with his plan.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a call with President Trump last weekend urging him to consider universal background checks. He too suggested this week that Beto is not helping.

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"I don't know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O'Rourke, but it's no excuse not to go forward," Schumer said.

O'Rourke has managed to unite his party!