As with many Democratic 2020 presidential candidates, stricter gun control laws have been one the most prominent issues for former Representative Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s campaign. And as an El Paso native, he has been far more outspoken on the topic than most.
We all want to make changes that will positively affect our communities and make them safer. However, Beto’s solution is unlikely to do that. And Americans nationwide are letting him know that.
During the latest Democratic primary debate, the Texas lawman told the public that “Hell yes, we going take your AR-15, your AK-47.” He plans to enforce a “mandatory buyback” on all “assault weapons,” which Beto describes as guns that are meant to kill people or “weapons of war.”
According to his plan, the government would buy every single AR-15 and Ak-47 from American citizens so that only military personnel would have access to such weapons. Apparently, he thinks the average American is not trustworthy.
Of course, what this means is that he would directly violate our Second Amendment rights and take our firearms. No, he wouldn’t be taking them all, but he would be taking them none-the-less. And if he could take these, then there would be nothing stopping him from taking others in the future.
Luckily, Americans are not afraid to show Beto just how wrong he is about his ideas.
On Wednesday, O’Rourke spoke at a rally at Kent State University in Ohio. And of course, he talked about his proposed policies on gun control. But the audience was waiting.
In fact, several gun owners showed up at the rally toting so-called “assault weapons” to show Beto they would not be intimidated.
Beto responded, of course, by accusing these citizens of trying to intimidate him and telling a misleading story of past death.
He tweeted on Thursday, “Yesterday, people brought assault weapons to our rally at Kent State – where four students were shot dead in 1970.” He continued saying, “I told them nobody should show up with an AK-47 or an AR-15 to seek to intimidate us in our own democracy. We need to buy back every single one of them.”
However, in his attempt to shame these American citizens merely expressing their rights, he failed to mention a few critical details about the Kent State shooting that took place nearly 50 years ago.
Firstly, Beto made it sound like this incident was similar to several that have taken place in more recent months. You know, the kind that involves some mentally unstable shooter, who finally goes off in a crowded school area to prove a point or get revenge.
Only that isn’t what happened here.
Firstly, we need to recognize the events of that time. The Vietnam War was in full swing, a war the American people didn’t agree with and didn’t want a part in. Richard Nixon was president, and he had just ordered troops to invade the nation of Cambodia just to the west of Vietnam, increasing the risk of American lives.
And the public’s reaction was not quiet or peaceful. Protests began around the nation, including in the town of Kent, Ohio and on the university campus. Hundreds of protestors showed up to speak out against the war as a whole and Nixon. And while it began peacefully, the large angry crowds began displaying violent tendencies such as setting fire to local buildings and making threats.
The national guard was called in to calm the tensions. But when they tried to push protestors away from the area, the crowd responded with more threats and throwing rocks. The Guardsmen were forced to defend themselves and retreat, during which time 28 of them turned and fired their weapons, killing four and wounding nine others.
The men firing weapons, which, by the way, were not “assault weapons” but M-1 military-issue rifles, were not your average American gun owners. These were precisely the type of military personnel that Beto says should be the only ones to have access to high-powered weapons.
Therefore, using this shooting as an example of why Americans shouldn’t have guns is absolutely useless. Not only does it do nothing to prove his case about assault weapons or untrustworthy citizens, but it clearly explains just how desperate he is for support as if the polls don’t show that enough.
Just a little food for thought: next time you try to make a point, do your homework first.