In his candidacy as one of the 20 Democrats running in the party’s 2020 presidential primary election, O’Rourke has backed the idea of a mandatory assault weapon buyback program that many critics have blasted as amounting to gun confiscation.
While speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Schumer railed against the Texas Democrat’s plan, proclaiming that he cannot think of another member of his party that “agrees” with O’Rourke on his plan.
“I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke, but it’s no excuse not to go forward,” said the New York Democrat.
Although Schumer may not be aware, there are others Democrats who have made such proposals.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) — the first major Democratic presidential primary candidate to drop out of the race — ran on a gun control platform during his failed presidential bid and said that he would send people to jail if they did not comply with his own proposed assault weapon buyback program.
Another Senate Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), pushed back against O’Rourke’s plan, saying that he believes “it was very harmful to make it look like all the Democrats” and proclaimed that the former Texas congressman would not take his firearms “away from” him.
“You tell Beto that OK?” added Manchin.
“I frankly think that that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying that Democrats are coming for your guns,” said Coons.
Outside of the Democrats, O’Rourke’s proposal has earned him the title of “AR-15 Salesman of the Month” by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Possibly even of the year… pic.twitter.com/ESnA4Qur93
— NRA (@NRA) September 19, 2019
“Possibly even of the year…” wrote the Second Amendment advocacy group.