Donald Trump: ‘Dummy Beto’ Sank Gun Control Chances

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News …
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President Donald Trump reacted to Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s gun confiscation talk by suggesting “Dummy Beto” sank any chances for gun control legislation.

Breitbart News reported that O’Rourke used the September 12, 2019, Democrat debate to say, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.” The next day he elaborated on the statement, making clear that turning over AR-15s would be “mandatory” if his plan were in place.

On September 18, 2019, Trump tweeted: “Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal.”

He added that Beto’s comments “Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away.”

A memo of White House / DOJ gun control ideas became public Wednesday, showing requirements that closely resembled those contained in Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill. Attorney General William Barr tried to get Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to support the push, but Cruz would have none of it.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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