Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke dodged a question twice on Friday night during a debate when asked if he would confiscate AR-15’s, as he has previously stated.
The debate took place between Texas gubernatorial candidates Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, and Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, on Friday night.
During the debate, the moderator aired a video clip from a 2019 Democrat presidential debate which happened on Oct. 12.
“H–l yes we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against Americans anymore,” O’Rourke said on Oct. 12, 2019.
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However, the moderator pointed out that O’Rourke told reporters in February that he was “not interested in taking anything away from anyone.”
“Are you for confiscating AR-15 style weapons or not?,” the moderator asked.
“After losing 23 of my neighbors to somebody armed with a weapon of war. After talking to these families who could only identify their children in Uvalde by the shoes that they were wearing, it’s clear to me that the only place that an AR-15 or an AK-47 makes sense is on a battlefield. But as governor of the state of Texas, I need to be focused on what we can get done, raising the minimum age of purchase to 21. We can get that done. Red flag law. We’ll get that done. Universal background checks. We will get that done. We’ll make progress and take action where this governor has failed,” O’Rourke said.
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The moderator asked O’Rourke again, “yes or no, are you for confiscating AR-15 style weapons?”
O’Rourke again dodged the question, and didn’t give a yes or no answer.
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“I’m for making sure that we make progress. Those families that I was just with from Uvalde want us to take action. This is the common ground. I’ve listened to Republicans and Democrats alike on this. We can agree on this much. Raise the age to 21, red flag law and universal background checks,” O’Rourke said.