September 13, 2019 | 11:39am
Beto O’Rourke’s vow through the third spherical of Democratic presidential debates “to take your AR-15, your AK-47” if elected president seems to be a direct reversal of his stance final 12 months.
The previous Texas congressman shared an emotional anecdote about youngsters who have been killed by a mass shooter in Odessa, Texas, on Sept. 1.
When requested by ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir about whether or not he was proposing “taking guns” away from authorized gun homeowners, O’Rourke mentioned he was – significantly weapons “designed to kill people on the battlefield.”
“When we see that being used against children and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15. And that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland,” he mentioned.
“There weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time,” he mentioned, then vowed, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore!”
However as a Senate candidate in April 2018, O’Rourke struck a special tone throughout an interview on “The Chad Hasty Show,” whose host requested: “I own an AR-15. A lot of our listeners out there own AR-15s. Why should they not have one?”
“To be clear, they should have them,” O’Rourke responded, based on Fox Information. “If you purchased that AR-15, if you own it, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly.”
He added: “If you own a gun, keep that gun. Nobody wants to take it away from you — at least I don’t want to do that.”
Since O’Rourke’s run for Senate, there have been a number of mass shootings throughout the US, together with in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, which he has mentioned has modified his views on gun management.
The presidential candidate has dropped a number of F-bombs concerning the gun management concern.
As particulars of the Aug. 31 capturing in Midland emerged, O’Rourke attended a marketing campaign occasion in Virginia, the place he informed the group, “This is f—- up.”