Beto O’Rourke’s biggest problem is that he wants to confiscate guns. That’s just plain foolish. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, O’Rourke “told CNN on Sunday that he supports stronger gun laws including a mandatory gun buyback. ‘We are going to speak as strongly and as defiantly as we can but we are also going to take action,’ O’Rourke said. ‘Universal background checks, red flag laws, and ending the sales of weapons of war and buying those AK-47s and AR-15s back so they cannot be used against our fellow Americans.'”
What he didn’t say is that his proposal would be shot down by the courts the minute the first AK-47 or AR-15 was confiscated by his administration. O’Rourke knows this. Despite his foolish antics on video, he isn’t that stupid. He knows that his plan doesn’t have a shot at becoming reality. He’s doing this to pander to Bloomberg/Moms Demand Action Democrats.
In the Supreme Court’s ruling in Heller, the part that applies directly to banning AK-47s and AR-15s is found on page 3:
Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56. 3. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment. The District’s total ban on handgun possession in the home amounts to a prohibition on an entire class of “arms” that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the lawful purpose of self-defense.
AR-15s and AK-47s certainly fit into the category of guns “in common use at the time.” O’Rourke knows that he couldn’t confiscate guns with this court being comprised the way it’s currently configured. This is pure pandering:
The truth is that people get it that O’Rourke is pandering, nothing more. He’s a waste of time. He isn’t anything except a pretender. Democrats could cut next week’s debate in half and it wouldn’t change the outcome whatsoever.
This is O’Rourke’s final political flourish. After this, his political career is over.