A Texas GOP state lawmaker was reported to the FBI after he tweeted that his “AR is ready” for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) after the Democratic presidential hopeful called for a mandatory buyback of assault rifles during Thursday’s Democratic debate in Houston.
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
O’Rourke repeated the statement on Twitter shortly after the debate ended, to which Texas state Rep. Briscoe 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, sharing a screengrab of Cain’s message.
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
Beto O’Rourke’s given name is Robert Francis.
A spokesperson for O’Rourke confirmed to The Guardian that his campaign reported the post to the FBI.
The original tweet was removed by Twitter Friday morning for violating the social media platform’s “violent threat” policy.
Cain, who was elected to represent Texas House District 128 in 2016, fired back, “You’re a child Robert Francis.”