Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) condemned Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain, a Republican, for making “a death threat” against him hours after the Democratic presidential debate in Houston.
During Thursday evening’s debate, O’Rourke called for a mandatory buyback program to take assault rifles off the streets of America.
Asked if he was proposing taking away AR-15’s and AK-47’s, O’Rourke said, “I am, if it’s a weaponed that’s designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high impact, high velocity round shreds everything inside of your body. … When we see that being used against children.”
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” the former congressman said.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 13, 2019
He repeated the statement on Twitter, to which Rep. Cain replied, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.”
“This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else,” O’Rourke responded on Twitter.
This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else. pic.twitter.com/jsiZmwjMDs
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
Cain, who was elected to represent Texas House District 128 in 2016, fired back, “You’re a child Robert Francis.”