Beto O’Rourke changes campaign website to reflect new stance on AR-15s

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Texas gubernatorial candidate, Democrat Beto O’Rourke, has changed his stance on the use of AR-15 firearms as evidenced by changes made to his campaign website.

The gun safety section on O’Rourke’s campaign website contained a statement that he wanted to “reduce the number” of AR-15s and AK-47s on the streets, according to a April 1 report. archive. But the same section now contains a statement saying that “I don’t think a civilian should own an AR-15 or an AK-47”, as of May 28.

The AR-15 rifle is currently in the news because it was the weapon used by gunman Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, who killed 19 children and two teachers.

In the past, O’Rourke has flip-flopped several times on the gun issue. In 2018, during his run against Republican Ted Cruz, O’Rourke claimed to support the Second Amendment, insisting that “if you own a gun, keep that gun.”

In 2019, while running for president, the Democratic politician promised to ban the sale of AR-15s and seize weapons from current owners. As recently as November 2021, he had stuck to this position.

But in February this year, O’Rourke once again softened his stance on the issue. “I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone”, O’Rourke said to journalists, according to KLTV.

“What I want to make sure we do is stand up for the Second Amendment. I want to make sure that we protect our fellow Texans much better than we currently do. And that we listen to the forces of order, who [Gov.] Greg Abbott refused to do so.

Since the Robb Elementary shooting, O’Rourke has been highly critical of the state’s current administration.

At Abbott’s May 25 press conference about the school shooting, O’Rourke interrupted the event, insisting the shooting was “totally predictable” and that the administration had nothing to do with it. made to prevent it.

Cruz, who was one of the Republican officials on stage, asked O’Rourke to “sit down and not perform that stunt.”

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin used even harsher words. “I can’t believe you’re a sick son of a [expletive] who would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” McLaughlin said, according to The Texas Grandstand.

Political strategists were divided over O’Rourke’s outburst at the press conference. In an interview with Fox News DigitalJennifer Holdsworth Karp, a Democratic strategist, called O’Rourke’s actions “incredibly brave.”

Texas-based GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak flatly dismissed O’Rourke, saying his actions disqualified him as someone who could be a head of state.

“Beto O’Rourke has shown once again that he is unfit for high office by causing a scene as federal, state and local officials briefed the media and the local community,” he said. he declares. “Beto’s desire to ‘go viral’ was lewd and disqualifying.”

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Naveen Athrappully is a reporter and covers world affairs and events at The Epoch Times.

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