2020 Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke was asked whether he would confiscate American’s guns during the ABC News Democratic debate Thursday, and he answered, “hell yes.”
“Some of the stage have suggested a voluntary buy-back for guns in this country. You have said, ‘Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell them to the government, all of them.’ You know that critics call this confiscation. Are you proposing taking away their guns and how would this work?” ABC’s David Muir asked.
“I am, if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high impact, high velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers,” O’Rourke continued.
“When we see that being used against children, and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15 and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa, there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time.”
“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore,” the former Texas congressman said.
O’Rourke has repeatedly signaled his support for gun confiscation, and floated the idea of mandatory buybacks for assault weapons. When asked by a reporter how he would enforce the program, he said that he doesn’t think that law enforcement would need to go “door to door”
“I see Americans complying with the law,” he said.
“How do you — how do we enforce any law? There’s a significant reliance on people complying with the law. You know that a law is not created in a vacuum,” O’Rourke also said.
A panel on CNN’s Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer reacted live on air to news that the Mueller report has concluded and resulted in no new indictments by admitting that President Trump has won a “huge victory.”
“He’s been vindicated by them,” Evan Pérez said of President Trump and the Mueller report.
“And then he’s now vindicated, exactly,” Gloria Borger said.
“You know–how do you manage that politically? I mean, we obviously can’t jump the gun here. We have to see what comes out from Barr, and what’s in the report. But if I’m at Mar-A-Lago with the president, as Pamela has been reporting, the lawyers are … that I would be very happy,” she added.
Later, a panel member concluded that the Mueller report was in fact a “huge victory” for President Trump.
“A couple of victories here,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said.
“The president did not have to sit down for an interview. They were so concerned about that, because he’d get caught up in lies–and there’d be perjury traps. Okay, so that’s now over. No more people being indicted. Sealed, unsealed–no more indictments. Mueller is done. Huge victory for the president,” he said.
Special counsel Robert Mueller concluded the Russia investigation and turned over his report to Attorney General Willian Barr Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, there will be no further indictments in the report, sealed or unsealed.
Important: No more sealed or unsealed indictments coming from Robert Mueller a DOJ officials tells @LauraAJarrett
According to ABC News, President Trump is reportedly “glad it’s over.”
JUST IN: Pres. Trump’s initial reaction to news special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report is he’s “glad it’s over,” sources who have spoken to the president tell @ABC News. https://t.co/fsuDDB0pN6