Not ‘Too Far’ Anymore: Beto O’Rourke Literally Flips Stance on Booker Gun License Proposal Overnight

2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) flipped his stance on his primary opponent Sen. Cory Booker‘s (D-N.J.) gun license proposal quite literally overnight.

On Thursday in New Hampshire, O’Rourke told Fox News that he believed Booker’s proposal to mandate federal gun licenses for firearm owners “may be too far.”

“I don’t know that we need to take the additional step of licensing every single firearm to every single owner,” O’Rourke said at the time. “I think that may be too far.”

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Less than 24 hours later, the former congressman praised Booker for the idea, saying that the New Jersey senator “made an incredibly bold proposal that is commensurate with the crisis we see in this country.”

O’Rourke continued on, stating that 30,000 Americans “will lose their lives to gun violence this year.”

“I think [Booker’s] request of us that — in addition to those steps that I just talked about — we put everything on the table to make sure that we address this crisis with the urgency that it demands,” O’Rourke told WMUR. “I think he is to be commended for doing this. I think we should explore that idea.”

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O’Rourke defended his overnight flip to reporters in New London, New Hampshire, saying that he didn’t want to “disqualify” the idea from consideration just because “it is not politically feasible today.”

“And so you ask between last night and today: just some time, some reflection, and a desire to better understand his proposal and to see how we can work together to save the lives of the people we care about in this country,” he added.

On Thursday, O’Rourke’s campaign announced that it hired Jeff Berman, one of former President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign advisers for the former congressman’s White House bid.

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According to the CDC:
Firearm homicides 14,415 or 4.5 per 100k people
All homicides 19,362 or 6.0 per 100k people
Deaths from unintentional injury 161,374 or 49.9 per 100k people
Deaths from auto accidents 40,327 or 12.5 per 100k people

SOoooo . . . unintentional injuries kill over 10 times more people than guns and cars kill about 3 times more people than guns. And about 1/3 of all homicides are committed with something other than a gun.


Booger and O’Dork are peas in a pod. Fan the flames, boys cause both of y’all are gonna get burned come election time.

Judy Smith

This is just more proof of what we TXns have known about this clown all along. He is simply NOT a stable person. Yes, I am surprised it took him that long to change his mind, too. Usually, when a different idea pops up from someone else, he’s all for it almost immediately (he might have a slice of pizza first). Let’s see if he continues to tout this idea throughout his campaign. I bet not—he will forget it.


I’m surprised it took him overnight to flip. robert francis generally doesn’t need that long.

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