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Beto O’Rourke’s 180 on Gun Confiscation Is Absolutely Priceless

Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke this week pivoted hard away from his 2019 pledge to “take your” semi-automatic rifles.



Twitter users have helpfully surfaced two videos highlighting O’Rourke’s nearly 180-degree turnabout.

THEN: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke said during a September 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate, endorsing a mandatory gun-buyback program of “assault-style” rifles.

NOW: On Tuesday, O’Rourke told reporters at campaign stop in Tyler, Texas, that he isn’t “interested in taking anything from anyone,” and that his first concern is defending the Second Amendment.


In a November interview with The Texas Tribune to announce his gubernatorial run, O’Rourke said he would not back down from his hard line on gun ownership.

  • “Most of us understand the responsibility that comes with owning a firearm, and we will vigorously protect that Second Amendment right and also protect the lives of those around us,” he said.
  • “But I think most of us also understand that we should not have military-style weapons used against our fellow Texans.”

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