2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke leaned into his promise for a mandatory assault weapon buyback program, promising that he has a “ban” for them.
Thursday marked the third Democratic primary debate in Houston, Texas, where 10 of the 20 Democrats running for president shared the stage to debate their policy ideas on topics ranging from health care to gun control.
O’Rourke is a staunch gun control advocate and his plan for gun control is a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons, which has been widely criticized since its introduction.
At the debate, O’Rourke was asked if he was proposing “taking away” American’s firearms and how the plan would work.
The former Texas congressman confirmed that he was in support of the government taking people’s firearms away “if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield.”
O’Rourke continued on to talk about how he met with the mother of a girl killed during the Odessa, Texas shooting before proclaiming that his administration would “take” American’s firearms.
“Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47,” said the Texas Democrat to applause from the crowd.
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During the debate, O’Rourke’s campaign posted a tweet doubling down on his promise for a mandatory buyback of all assault weapons.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
“Beto has a ban for that,” read the graphic in the tweet, which linked out to a donation page on the former congressman’s website.
As IJR previously reported, O’Rourke said that he would change housing policy to provide for more lower-income people to live near their jobs, claiming that the ability to do so was “a right.”