O’Rourke and McCain Spar Over Mandatory Gun Buyback: ‘I’m Not Living Without Guns’

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“The View” co-host Meghan McCain and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke are trading jabs over the presidential contender’s mandatory gun buyback policy.

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.”

O’Rourke isn’t the only 2020 Democratic primary contender who supports mandatory gun buyback, as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also backs the idea, as IJR News reported.

“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.”

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Given it’s extreme anti-gun policies, even after the Heller decision, I don’t think DC as likely as some other Blue zone like CA, NY, NJ, or IL.

General Confusion

“Do NOT push those gun owners too far with your Socialist BS.” Confused James Why? I am confused. Oh, I got it! You actually think that these pipsqueak gun owners are going to (illegally) rise up against their duly elected government. Not a chance. A few crazy, deluded old guys with scraggly white beards, beerbellies and pick-up trucks might “go off their reservation”, but there is no way that any sort of majority would give up their freedom, their family, their life, their security, their future over this. They might yell and scream “2nd Amendment” at their Congressmen, a bit… Read more »


>Screwtape< YOU'LL have got to agree the "experts": knew what they were doing when they ordered the confiscation of guns under the guise of being "common sense gun control" for the good of the people; OR, was it for the Dictators' POWER and CONTROL? You may recall the likes of Adolf Hitler, Fidel Castro, Qaddafi, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot and Kim Jung il (plus: #44, Hillary and the 20-odd 2020 clowns) who declared gun control does work and demanded it; precisely like the Nazi wannabes here in the United States. However, today's fascists fail to… Read more »


Beto is being used as a verbal distraction, he won’t win the presidency. I believe the DEMOCRATIC party has planned for his next Texas run with name recognition and full support.


Confiscation is a radical pipe dream. I cannot imagine the carnage that would result if such nonsense commenced.

General Confusion

”Imagine if >100 million gun owners said, “enough”, and used their guns as the founders intended, to fight a tyrannical gov’t?” I Ching

I am confused.

I didn’t know that you were getting into stand-up comedy. Good luck with your new career!


Remember the last time the government banned something? It was called Prohibition.

How’d that work out?

How’s that War On Drugs going?


Yes Generally Confused, before guns were invented we all lived safe and happy lives with no risk of harm from our fellow man. It was basically like the movie Avatar until those damn guns showed up…





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