While speaking at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas this weekend, Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., said American civilians should not be permitted to buy an AR-15 rifle, Conservative Review reported. His comments about the NRA and the Second Amendment, however, prompted a stinging rebuke from Cruz.
According to Conservative Review (edited for graphic language):
El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, is proud of his campaign’s claim that he shuns political action committee (PAC) money. He criticized Senator Cruz for taking $300,000 from the National Rifle Association and boasted that his campaign has taken $0 from the NRA. He told a story about a woman at a town hall who asked him if he could stand up to the NRA. O’Rourke explained that he does not hire consultants, does not talk to pollsters, and does not consult focus groups.
He claims this freedom from PAC influence allows him to say things like “I could give a s**t what the NRA thinks” about the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
Cruz responded: “Wow. Hard-left Dem O’Rourke calls for nationwide gun ban. Has, shall we say, strong language for those of us who value the Second Amendment.”
Wow. Hard-left Dem O’Rourke calls for nationwide gun ban. Has, shall we say, strong language for those of us who value the Second Amendment. https://t.co/1LXC7xViXD
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 13, 2018
Response was pretty much what one might expect:
Is this the guy that wants to be elected in Texas?
— jeffswarens (@jeffswarens) March 13, 2018
— Kira Argounova (Strassel-GOP & #MilitantNormal) (@Kira_Media) March 14, 2018
Beta’s internal polling must show a blue trickle. Announcing that position before Election Day isn’t how Dems do it.
— Aware & Uncompliant (@RoadbikeRon) March 13, 2018
Cruz haters, naturally, showed up in droves spouting all the usual bumper-sticker slogans attacking the Texas Republican, who received twice the number of votes in his primary than O’Rourke received in his.
Conservative Review added:
A ban on the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, is likely to poll extremely poorly in Texas, where 35.7 percent of the residents are gun owners. And O’Rourke’s smear of the AR-15 as a “weapon of war” doesn’t stand up to the facts.
As CRTV congressional correspondent Nate Madden explains in his “Capitol Hill Brief” video mini-series, “Firepower 101,” the AR-15 is not a military-style weapon. It’s a regular semi-automatic weapon that can be customized to look scary.
But facts don’t matter to the anti-gun, anti-Constitution left. Only the narrative, and the blind, hate-filled desire to strip Americans of their Constitutional rights.
At least we now know that O’Rourke is in full agreement with Iran’s Supreme Leader…
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- Iranian Supreme Leader calls for gun control in U.S.
- Illinois gun control bills make felons out of magazine owners, could put innocent gun owners in mental hospitals
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