Beto O’Rourke takes on Meghan McCain over gun rights, gun control

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WASHINGTON — Former Texas Rep. and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is pushing back against Meghan McCain’s recent assertion that implementing a mandatory buyback policy for assault weapons — which O’Rourke has proposed — would lead to violence.

O’Rourke told the Daily Beast in an interview published Thursday that “I think the response should be, ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert,'” adding “We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”

Earlier this week, McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and an outspoken conservative in her own right commented on “The View” that the “AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far. I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”

“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” O’Rourke said in response, according to the Daily Beast. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying ‘you know this is this is going to happen.’”

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O’Rourke used to represent El Paso, Texas, where a shooting at a local Walmart left 22 people dead. He asserted that McCain’s comments dismiss the problems surrounding gun violence.

He continued, “When someone says ‘if you do this, then this will happen,’ almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.”



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