Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) fiercely defended his proposed mandatory buyback of assault weapons during Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas.
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. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” he continued.
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O’Rourke pitched the mandatory buyback of assault weapons after his home town of El Paso, Texas, was rocked by a deadly mass shooting last month.
Under O’Rourke’s buyback plan, an individual who does not hand over a banned weapon would be fined.
“You might be surprised there was some common ground there,” O’Rourke said Thursday. “Let’s do the right thing but let’s bring everyone in America into the conversation.”