A single-digit Democrat appears to be flopping in a Hail Mary pass to woo far-left voters, who support confiscating firearms.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who is currently polling at three percent and sixth place among presidential candidates, has made gun confiscation of AR-15 rifles a major campaign promise after his home state of Texas recently endured mass shootings, including his hometown of El Paso.
“H***, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” he tweeted in a Sept. 13 post that received a whopping 109,000 “likes” on the social media website.
Approximately three-fourths of Democratic voters, in fact, support a mandatory buyback program, O'Rourke's campaign, citing two different polls, pointed out in a fundraising email, The Daily Wire reported this week.
O'Rourke's campaign was responding to Democratic leaders who are distancing themselves from O'Rourke's get-the-guns stance, which has emboldened other presidential candidates to publicly support it but provided Republicans with an opportunity to remind American voters who supports their 2nd Amendment rights.
The Washington Examiner newspaper credits O'Rourke's stance for reviving his presidential campaign, which had enjoyed a 9.5-percent polling number in April that put him in third place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
O’Rourke launched his campaign in March, drawing from a media lovefest over his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, and he raised $6.1 million in 24 hours after declaring he was seeking the White House.
"Beto O'Rourke cannot win most Texans’ votes if he says, I am here to take your guns,” responds Cathie Adams, former chair of the Republican Party of Texas. “And he's going to send the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines to your door in order to confiscate your weapons? Your ability to defend yourself?”
O’Rourke’s campaign promise to confiscate a firearm owned by millions of Americans has been condemned by many in a variety of ways, from colorful to crass, but none other than CNN anchor Chris Cuomo predicted (see video below) that it would fail the legal hurdle of the landmark Heller decision.
“I don’t think you can do it,” Cuomo, who otherwise sympathized with the idea, told O’Rourke, The Daily Caller reported.
After the presidential candidate said people are unfairly “fear mongering” over the federal government confiscating all of their firearms, Cuomo replied that there is no “fear mongering” if the CNN anchor is merely repeating O’Rourke’s own words.
“It’s not about fear mongering. You just said it, Beto,” Cuomo responded. “You said you’re going to confiscate guns. I don’t think you can do it, legally.”
Cuomo went to state that the Heller decision, a 2008 ruling by the Supreme Court, makes it “pretty clear” that the 2nd Amendment gives Americans the individual right to own firearms.