During an event in Colorado Thursday night, 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O'Rourke was asked if he is open to a ban on all semi-automatic firearms. When reporters followed up, this what he said:
Tonight, a man shot at Columbine HS asked @BetoORourke why he isn't calling for a ban on ALL semiautomatic weapons. Beto offered this to reporters: "If there's a way to improve what we've proposed, I want to make sure we're reflecting that." pic.twitter.com/VIR8eWMz5h— Ryan Haarer (@RyanHaarer) September 20, 2019
The question was originally asked by Evan Todd, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Todd is pro-Second Amendment and asked the question as a way to determine how far Beto would go to infringe on the rights of Americans.
This is not what happened— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 20, 2019
Evan Todd is very pro-Second Amendment and he was testing to see where Beto O’Rourke’s limits are on his extreme gun control policies https://t.co/ANUhQl0iWJ
Columbine survivor asks Beto: isn’t time to ban ALL semiautomatic weapons since ARs don’t commit the most mass murders in US. Beto: ARs Simply aren’t needed for self protection or hunting.— Ryan Haarer (@RyanHaarer) September 20, 2019
I wanted a clear answer from Beto of where he draws the line, but never got one. To answer my own question on if we should ban guns, the answer is: HELL NO! As far as my stance on guns? The Second Amendment supports me. https://t.co/2W0fPzn0aD— Evan (@evanmtodd) September 20, 2019
During last week's Democratic debate, O'Rourke made his position clear. Now we know his gun confiscation scheme also applies to handguns.
Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15. If it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield, we're going to buy it back. pic.twitter.com/cCEWkG6y0X— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019