A former acting attorney general gave his blunt response to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) plan for a mandatory assault weapon buyback.
During an interview with “Fox News at Night,” former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was asked by host Shannon Bream for his thoughts on how an assault weapon buyback plan would go over in America, such as what the former Texas congressman proposed.
O’Rourke told reporters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday that he plans to enforce a mandatory assault weapon buyback program should he win the White House in 2020.
“I want to be really clear,” O’Rourke said. “That’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
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Whitaker’s response was blunt: “It won’t happen.”
He went on to say that there are “clear-cut ways” to curb violent crimes — such as better policing and “neighborhood watch programs” — in cities across the nation and torched the Democrats as being “unwilling” to put them into place.
“There are clear-cut ways that we did at the Department of Justice while I was their chief of staff and as acting attorney general that could reduce violent crime in our major cities by active policing, intelligence-led policing, and just good common sense neighborhood watch programs. There’s lots of ways to reduce crime — especially violent crime — in Chicago, and Baltimore, and other places. Those Democrat mayors and politicians are unwilling to implement those.”
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Whitaker was then asked about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D-Ill.) claim that the majority of illegal firearms come into the city from Republican-controlled states.
“They have great cops in Chicago, but […] these liberal politicians have tied their hands in Chicago so they can’t do the kind of things that work in New York City and Los Angeles and other cities that have implemented these common-sense approaches to policing.”
“It’s a political failure, not a policing failure, and it can be fixed,” added Whitaker.
Prior to his appointment to acting attorney general, Whitaker was the chief of staff for the Department of Justice.