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O’Rourke Accuses McCain Of ‘Almost Giving’ Gun Owners ‘Permission To Be Violent’


O’Rourke Accuses McCain Of ‘Almost Giving’ Gun Owners ‘Permission To Be Violent’

Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who recently had two mass shootings in his home state, slammed The View co-host Meghan McCain for her recent on-air comments on his proposal of a mandatory buyback of assault weapons, claiming that her words are almost giving people “permission to be violent.”

“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” the former Texas congressman told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying ‘you know this is this is going to happen.’”

O’Rourke pointed to comments from McCain who said earlier this week that the government forcing Americans to sell back their weapons would lead to “a lot of violence.”

“When someone says ‘if you do this, then this will happen,’” O’Rourke said, “almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.”

He continued: “When I think the response should be: ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert. There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing.’ … We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”

O’Rourke has pledged to enact a mandatory buyback if elected president, saying Saturday that “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government.”


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