While 2020 Democrats are split on where they stand on banning assault weapons, among other gun control ideas, O’Rourke has made it clear he supports a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons.
The former Texas representative blasted McCain for claiming that in the aftermath of the shooting in Odesa, Texas, that there will be “a lot of violence” if the discussion of gun confiscation continues.
McCain said during a segment of “The View,” “I’m not living without guns; it’s just that simple.”
O’Rourke, however, told the Daily Beast that McCain’s remark was “not helpful.”
“It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying, ‘You know this is this is going to happen,'” he added.
“When someone says, ‘If you do this, then this will happen,’ almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen. When I think the response should be, ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert. There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing.’ […] We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”
O’Rourke later said, “I think in a mandatory buyback, the vast majority of people will follow the law.”
McCain swiped back at O’Rourke as she called him “the only man in all of Texas who would revise ‘Come and Take It’ to ‘Please, Come and Take It.'”
Her “Born to run” hashtag is seemingly in reference to O’Rourke’s Vanity Fair appearance on their cover ahead of his 2020 presidential bid announcement, where he told the magazine, “I’m just born to be in it.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 5, 2019
“We will ban assault weapons and close the loopholes that allow people who should never have a gun to get one,” Booker wrote in a Medium post on his policy. “We will bring a fight to the NRA like they have never ever seen before. And we will win.”
Confiscating Americans’ guns through a mandatory gun buyback as been criticized, as the Republican National Committee called it a “big government grab on our constitutional rights” and former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker declared, “It won’t happen.”