Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke dodged a question twice Friday night during a debate when asked if he would confiscate AR-15s, as he previously said.
The debate took place between Texas gubernatorial candidates Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, and Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, on Friday night.
During the debate, the moderator broadcast a video clip from a 2019 Democratic presidential debate that took place on October 1. 12
“H–yeah, 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 Oct. 1. 12, 2019.
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However, the moderator noted that O’Rourke told reporters in February that he “wasn’t interested in taking anything away from anyone.”
“Are you in favor of confiscating AR-15-style weapons or not?” asked the moderator.
“After losing 23 of my neighbors to someone armed with a weapon of war. After speaking with these families who could only identify their children in Uvalde by the shoes they were wearing, it is clear to me that the only place an AR-15 or AK-47 makes sense is on a battlefield. But as Governor of the State of Texas, I must focus on what we can do, raising the minimum purchase age to 21 years. We can make it. Red flag law. We will do it. Universal background checks. We will do it. We will step up 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 in favor of confiscating AR-15-style weapons?”
O’Rourke dodged the question again and didn’t give a yes or no answer.
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“I’m all for making sure we make progress. Those families I was just with from Uvalde want us to take action. This is common ground. I’ve heard from Republicans and Democrats alike about this. We can agree on this.” raising the age to 21, red flag law and universal background checks,” O’Rourke said.