Former Texas U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke stole the headlines during last night’s Democratic presidential debate when he boasted that if he was elected Preisdent, he would take rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47 from law-abiding gun owners through unconstitutional government force.
“I am, if it’s a weapon that’s designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high impact, high velocity round shreds everything inside of your body. … When we see that being used against children,” O’Rourke said during the debate, when asked if he really wanted to confiscate AR-15’s and AK-47’s.
“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,” he added.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 13, 2019
However, O’Rourke had the opposite stance just last year when he was posing as a moderate in his attempt to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke explicitly stated he had no problem with law-abiding gun owners possessing AR-15s during an appearance on “The Chad Hasty Show” on 790 KFYO while he was running for Senate.
“To be clear they should have them, if you purchased that AR-15, if you own it, keep it, continue to use it responsibly,” O’Rourke said of so-called assault rifles in 2018.
Robert Francis O'Rourke running for office last year in the state of Texas: "To be clear they should have [AR-15s], if you purchased that AR-15, if you own it, keep it, continue to use it responsibly."
Beto is a fraud that will say anything to get electedpic.twitter.com/kckco2EIih
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 13, 2019
O’Rourke, once considered the rising star of the Democratic Party, has failed to gain any traction as a presidential candidate. He has stayed near 1 percent in the polls throughout his fledgling campaign, and left-wing pollster Nate Silver has indicated he has virtually zero chance of winning the nomination.
“Lots of candidates have hoped to come back from polling in the low single digits to win their nominations, and almost none of them have done it,” Silver explained.
“A somewhat larger group have emerged as factors in races that they ultimately didn’t win — Rick Santorum in 2012, for example — but elections aren’t something where close really counts. Nor are any of these candidates polling especially well in Iowa or New Hampshire, which is the path that dark-horse candidates (such as Carter or Santorum) usually take to enter the top tier,” he added.
O’Rourke has gotten more media attention since exploiting the mass shooting in his home town of El Paso, TX to gain headlines, and subsequently strengthening his gun control stance. However, this has not helped his campaign at all, according to Silver’s analysis.
“O’Rourke saw a spike in media attention following the mass shooting in his home town of El Paso, Texas, and his support in polls didn’t move much after that, either,” Silver said.
O’Rourke’s flip-flopping is not likely to help his presidential chances, and his extreme position on gun confiscation may backfire. O’Rourke’s irresponsible rhetoric will serve to galvanize Republicans by proving them correct in their assertion that Democrats are coming to destroy the 2nd Amendment and seize guns from law-abiding Americans.
Texas Gun Rights Endorses Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Luther is running for the Texas Senate.
Earlier this month, pro-Second Amendment organization Texas Gun Rights PAC endorsed Shelley Luther in her run for Texas State Senate.
Luther gained national attention for her refusal to close down her salon in Dallas, Texas, which was in violation of Dallas, County’s lockdown order. She would end up in jail for violating the order but would later be set free after Texas Governor Greg Abbott took action to release her.
Chris McNutt, the Director of Texas Gun Rights PAC, issued a statement on Texas Gun Rights PAC’s endorsement of Luther:
It is clear Shelley Luther is the strongest pro-gun candidate running to fill the Senate District 30 seat being vacated by Pat Fallon. Texas Gun Rights PAC is proud to endorse Shelley Luther for Senate in the September 29th Special Election.
“Even before Shelley decided to run for office, she proved she had the courage to stand up and fight against an overreaching government without backing down,” McNutt added. “So it’s no surprise Shelley Luther was also the first candidate in the Senate District 30 race to take a bold, pro-gun stance.”
Constitutional Carry is one of Luther’s legislative priorities for the 2021 legislative session. This issue has been a priority for the Texas Republican Party during the last 6 years. Drew Springer, Luther’s opponent in the Senate election, never supported Constitutional Carry.
Passing Constitutional Carry legislation is part of Luther’s campaign platform and has been a top priority of the Republican Party of Texas for the past 6 years. Her opponent, State Representative Drew Springer, has never backed Constitutional Carry since he came into office back in 2012.
“State Representative Drew Springer claims to be ‘pro-gun,’ and yet he repeatedly refused to co-author Constitutional Carry every year that it was introduced,” commented McNutt. “Pro-gun Texans in Senate District 30 need a leader who is willing to fight for the Second Amendment like Shelley Luther, not another political backbencher looking for a job promotion.”
Should Constitutional Carry be passed, Texas would be the 16th state with this law.
Thanks to the political establishment’s constant legislative roadblocking, Constitutional Carry has had a considerable amount of trouble in being passed in the Lone Star State.
With politicians like Luther potentially in the mix, Constitutional Carry has a stronger chance of being passed. America First patriots living in Texas Senate District 30 should resoundingly vote for Luther due to her firm commitment to limited government.
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