AUSTIN, TX – Beto O’Rourke (D), who announced his campaign for Texas governor last week, responded to the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, saying the case highlights the need for gun law reform and again called for the restriction of access to the popular AR-15 rifle.
“This entire tragedy makes the case that we should not allow our fellow Americans to own and use weapons that were originally designed for battlefield use.”
— TX gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) on Rittenhouse trial pic.twitter.com/3IO1aChgiL
— The Recount (@therecount) November 21, 2021
During an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked O’Rourke to comment on the “not guilty” verdict. He responded:
“This entire tragedy makes the case that we should not allow our fellow Americans to own and use weapons that were originally designed for battlefield use.
“That AR-15, that AK-47 has one single solitary purpose and that is killing people as effectively as efficiently and as great a number in as little time as possible.”
Rittenhouse was charged with multiple crimes including first-degree intentional homicide for shooting two men and injuring another with an AR-15 style rifle at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake last year. He was found not guilty this week.
The defense presented the argument that Rittenhouse was defending himself from violent attackers when he shot the men. The jury agreed.
***Second Amendment Alert*** https://t.co/hSw2NmTtSD
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 23, 2021
O’Rourke, however, disagrees with the jury’s findings:
“Look, we are a state that has a long, proud tradition of responsible gun ownership. Most of us here in Texas do not want to see our friends, our family members, our neighbors shot up with these weapons of war.”
The candidate claimed he supported and wanted to protect the Second Amendment, despite saying at a debate during his 2020 failed run for president that he supported seizing citizens’ guns.
Quoting the candidate’s past comment about selling back AR-15s and AK-47s, debate moderator David Muir asked O’Rourke: “Are you proposing taking away their guns? And how would this work?”
“If it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield … Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
O’Rourke said he still agrees with his previous stance:
“I still hold this view…
“We saw that in Kenosha, we saw that in El Paso, Texas, where 23 people were murdered by someone with an AK-47 just in a matter of minutes.”
Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, was found not guilty of homicide and four other charges on Friday. https://t.co/u3ESHXMlHB pic.twitter.com/YtcQTG2fJU
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 19, 2021
In the same interview, O’Rourke said he was a supporter of the Second Amendment:
“We don’t want extremism in our gun laws. We want to protect the Second Amendment; we want to protect the lives of our fellow Texans.
“And I know when we come together and stop this divisive extremism that we see from Greg Abbott, we’re going to be able to do that.”
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) stands on the exact opposite side of the gun issue than the liberal Democrat, who represented Texas’s 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019.
In June, Abbott signed House Bill 1927 into law, making Texas the 20th state to allow constitutional carry, meaning citizens can carry a firearm concealed without first obtaining a permit. He commented on O’Rourke’s gun control stance in a tweet on Friday:
“Robert Francis O’Rourke thinks it is ‘dangerous’ for you to have a gun to defend yourself. Texans know that self-defense is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. We won’t let dangerous progressive policies hijack your God-given rights.”
Robert Francis O’Rourke thinks it is ‘dangerous’ for you to have a gun to defend yourself.
Texans know that self-defense is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.
We won’t let dangerous progressive policies hijack your God-given rights. https://t.co/BY3vxKQ0Ze
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 20, 2021
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Texas Sheriffs shred O’Rourke over threatening to take away America’s rights
September 24, 2019
Texas….it’s different than most places.
We place a high value on freedom and the ability to lead our lives unencumbered by nonsensical policies and noise that are created by politicians in other parts of the nation.
We look out for our neighbors and when possible, take care of our own business. I’m not saying that we are the only state that works to keep our eye on what the founders intended, but we many times succeed where others fall short.
Case in point: Ector County, Texas Sheriff Mike Griffis. His county is where a recent shooting took place that killed eight and wounded 25. He knows tragedy.
But he also leads men and women who step up when called upon. And when politicians who are in the middle of their 15 minutes of fame try to use his county as an example to take away rights, he does not sit idly by. He is not afraid to call politicians to task. Sheriff Griffis’ Facebook post from today:
“The recent events in our community have turned very political, and it is the worst day we have all experienced. We will persevere and be better than ever.
In the meantime…….Robert Francis Oroarke (sic) DO NOT lie about what happened in OUR community to further YOUR PERSONAL POLITICAL AGENDA !!! Our Odessa Fire and Rescue was on scene within 8 minutes in the case you spoke of in your “debate”.
You stated it took an hour. All of OUR FIRST RESPONDERS performed in the most diligent, precise, determined way ever. This is the problem with you people, you will lie only to further your personal desires and agenda. You speak from the seat of your pants.
Do not lie about my people, my community. WE are the best, friendliest, most sincere people in this world. We would like to invite you to quit lying and trying to use us, and please do not show your face in our home never again for your photo ops!!”
“Dear Mr. O’Rourke,
When you say “we” I hope you don’t mean me. This is one Sheriff that will never assist in your plan to trample on the 2nd Amendment rights of those I serve.
I won’t help you steal personal, private, legally owned property from American Citizens. I took an oath to Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
A Constitution that guarantees my right to keep and bear arms. A Constitution written to protect citizens from an oppressive government. I intend to live up to that oath.
With the utmost sincerity,
Sheriff, Denton County Texas
“Come and Take It”
Sheriff Griffis and Sheriff Murphree are not unlike other law enforcement leaders around Texas (and other states). They don’t like being used as pawns in a cat and mouse election year shell game of grandiose promises that profess to fix everything that ails society while realistically delivering on very little.
Recently ,Texas Governor Greg Abbott pulled together those who have been IN the fight. Not only law enforcement, but people like Stephen Willeford, the citizen who used his own AR15 to engage and stop the shooter at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church.
Mr. Willeford, like many law enforcement officers, know that you can’t legislate morality and you can’t pass a law that magically stop the violent escapades of a small portion of our mentally ill population.
The bottom line is that Texas usually gets it right, and don’t just pay lip service to our principles.
Case in point: did you know that if you can legally carry a firearm, you can carry it right through the front doors of the Texas Capitol building in Austin? On any given day, there are hundreds of ordinary citizens responsibly carrying their firearm in those hallowed halls.
We understand that restricting the rights of many based on the actions of a minuscule portion of our population is not only unethical, it doesn’t solve the problem.
There is a saying that you have probably heard: Don’t mess with Texas.
That applies to Texas first responders. Don’t try to manipulate our officers, deputies, firefighters and EMT’s actions in saving lives to perpetuate a flawed political talking point.
Sheriff Griffis or Sheriff Murphree I have met neither of you, but I know many men and women with a badge in the Lone Star State that would be willing to line up along side of either of you in doing what is right.
You embody what it is to be a Texan and we are proud to have you in our midst.
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