Beto O’Rourke on gun control: ‘Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15’
You said, ‘Americans who own
AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell the to the government.
All of them. You know the critics call this
confiscation. Are you proposing taking away
their guns, and how would this work? – I am, if it’s a weapon that was designed
to kill people on a battlefield. [applause] If the high-impact, high-velocity
round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of
your body because it was designed to do that so that
you would bleed to death on a battlefield, and not be able
to get up and kill one of our soldiers. When we see that being
used against children. And in Odessa, I met the mother
of a 15-year-old girl who was shot byan 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, in Midland, that
there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time. Hell yes, we’re going to
take your AR-15, your AK-47. [applause] We’re not going to allow it
to be used like this on fellow Americans anymore. [cheering and applause] – Thank you.
– And I want to say this. I’m listening to people of this country.
The day after I proposed doing that I went to a gun show in
Conway, Arkansas to meet with those who are
selling AR-15s and AK-47s and those who are buying
those weapons. And you might be surprised,
there was some common ground there. Folks who said I would willingly
give that up, cut it to pieces. I don’t need this weapon
to hunt, to defend myself. It is a weapon of war,
so let’s do the right thing, but let’s bring everyone into
the conversation. Republicans, Democrats,
gun owners and non-gun owners alike.