Politico ran a column covering Democrat presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s government mandated AR-15 buyback, succinctly summarizing it “eminent domain for guns.”
On September 12, 2019, O’Rourke said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.” And on October 16, 2019, he made clear that law enforcement will visit those who do not comply with the buyback in order to “recover” rifles.
Politico reports, “After the shooting massacre at a Walmart in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, in August, O’Rourke proposed a mandatory buyback of all assault weapons—a kind of eminent domain for guns.”
The proposal—and the pressure it has put on his competitors to respond—has amplified the gun control discussion in the 2020 primary and pushed it further to the left. And O’Rourke’s intense focus on the issue, including events like the one in Denver, has given his faltering campaign new meaning.
But the “new meaning” derived from gun control has not led to surge of supporters. Rather, O’Rourke “is polling at 2 percent or 3 percent nationally in the primary.”
Politico observes: “Barring upheaval in the primary, O’Rourke’s focus on gun control will not make him president.”
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