O’Rourke calls for gun buybacks, vowing to ‘take your AR-15’

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke aggressively defended his gun control plan in Thursday’s Democratic presidential primary debate, calling for mandatory government buybacks of military-style rifles in response to recent mass shootings.

Moderator David Muir asked whether O’Rourke was “proposing taking away their guns,” and O’Rourke replied, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

The debate audience applauded, but gun-rights advocates didn’t.

Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R) tweeted: “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” using O’Rourke’s given name.

O’Rourke tweeted back: “This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15 — and neither should anyone else.”

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 46 percent of Americans, mostly Republicans and independents, oppose such buybacks, while 45 percent support them.

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