Democrats are expressing concern over former Texas Democrat Representative and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s comments about gun confiscation.
Some Democrats feel O’Rourke’s support of mandatory government gun buybacks will backfire on Democrats.
During the Democrat debate in Houston, Texas, O’Rourke said, “Hell yeah, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15. If it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield, we're going to buy it back. pic.twitter.com/cCEWkG6y0X
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) disagrees with mandatory gun confiscation and worries Republicans will use O’Rourke’s comments to rally Second Amendment supporters.
Responding to a question about O’Rourke’s plan during a CNN interview, Coons said, “And I, frankly, think that that clip will be played for years at rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying, ‘Democrats are coming for your guns.'”
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” South Bend, Indiana Democrat Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg echoed Coon’s concerns.
Buttigieg responded, “yes” to a question from anchor Jake Tapper about whether O’Rourke’s comments about gun confiscation will benefit Republicans.
Meanwhile, gun control is also being pushed by big business.
Almost 150 CEOs wrote a letter to the U.S. Senate urging action on gun control.
The letter references recent mass shootings and goes on to say, “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety.”
Political momentum is building for gun control and against the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The City of San Francisco declared the NRA is a domestic terrorist group.
San Francisco declares gun advocacy group NRA as a domestic terrorist organisation pic.twitter.com/3zo9MXwBQw
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) September 5, 2019
The NRA called the action by San Francisco, “reckless.”
There are real victims of terrorism – ask those who lost someone in 9/11. @NRA is the fabric of American society. We are teachers, doctors, cops, and everyone who fights for America's freedoms. San Fran should be ashamed.@NRA members: Show them who you are!
— NRA (@NRA) September 5, 2019
In addition, Rasmussen Reports found almost 30 percent of Democrats feel joining the NRA should be considered an illegal act.
Rasmussen Reports concluded, “But a sizable number of Democrats views it as a terrorist group and believes it should be against the law for Americans to belong to pro-gun rights organizations like the NRA.”
While Democrats feel O’Rourke went too far, there is momentum building among Democrats for gun control including violating the right to assemble by banning the NRA.