Fact Check: Is O’Rourke the Only Dem That Wants a Forced Gun Buyback?

Fact Check: Is O'Rourke The Only Dem That Wants a Forced Gun Buyback?

Democrat presidential wannabe Beto O’Rourke, caused a stir this month when he called for a mandatory buyback of semiautomatic sporting rifles. “Hell, yes,” he told a debate audience, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” Many of his fellow Democrats were surprised to hear that. They know how strongly most Americans feel about the Second Amendment and how politically toxic gun-grabbing is with the voters.

Many of them hurried to distance themselves from O’Rourke’s comments, and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tried to minimize the damage by saying “I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke.” Does Schumer’s claim hold up if you speak to other Democrats?

Highlights

  • O’Rourke has made a series of increasingly anti-gun comments since entering the race for the Democrat nomination, but he stepped it up a gear at the third Democratic Debate. When the moderator asked if he was proposing to take away people’s guns he confirmed that yes, that’s exactly what he wants to do.
  • There was an immediate backlash from across the political spectrum. Senator Joe Minchin (D-WV) said, “I can tell you one thing; Beto O’Rourke’s not taking my guns away from me.” Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said it wasn’t a “wise policy or political move.” Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) made it bipartisan when he called mandatory buyback “an awful and extreme idea.” And finally, Chuck Schumer said he didn’t know any other Dem who agreed with Beto.
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  • The thing is, we do — and they’re not exactly minor party figures Schumer has never met, either.
  • Leadership hopeful Kamala Harris told journalists in early September that, although details need to be worked out, she supports a forced buyback.
  • Cory Booker, who also wants to win the Dem nomination, agrees. He claims that other countries have been able to buy back sporting rifles — the UK and Australia are the main examples — so the US “can’t let the NRA tell us what’s possible.”
  • Julian Castro, another presidential candidate, says he “at least” supports voluntary buyback and is “willing to hear the arguments on mandatory.”
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  • So that’s three senior Democrats who want a buyback for AR-15s, and this is only looking at the ones who are still in the presidential race. Another three who recently dropped out support buyback, too.
  • Plenty of other Dems agree, including 71% of Democrat voters. Whatever Schumer says, this isn’t just some crazy idea that Beto came up with — it’s becoming mainstream in the Democratic Party. So you can’t breathe a sigh of relief when O’Rourke drops out of the race, because the Dems are going to come for your guns anyway — and Chuck Schumer was wrong.

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