Beto O’Rourke Pivots: ‘I’m Not Interested in Taking Anything from Anyone’

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks with members of the press at a campaign rally on November 16, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. O'Rourke drew a large crowd at his first campaign event since announcing his candidacy on Monday, November 15, for what could be a closely watched 2022 …
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Texas Democrat gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared to back off his pledge to take away AR-15s on Tuesday, suggesting instead that he is “not interested in taking anything from anyone.”

KLTV quoted O’Rourke speaking in Tyler, Texas, talking about defending the Second Amendment and saying, “I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone.”

But O’Rourke still criticized constitutional carry, saying:

I want to make sure that we protect our fellow Texans far better than we’re doing right now. And that we listen to law enforcement, which Greg Abbott refused to do. He turned his back on them when he signed that permitless carry bill that endangers the lives of law enforcement in a state that’s seen more cops and sheriff’s deputies gunned down than in any other.

On November 22, 2021, Breitbart News pointed out that O’Rourke’s early comments after launching his gubernatorial campaign included describing constitutional carry as “extremism.” And at that time, he still stood by his pledge to take away AR-15s and AK-47s.

During a September 12, 2019, Democrat debate O’Rourke said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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