Beto O'Rourke Accuses Lawmaker of Death Threat With AR-15 Tweet

'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15,' O'Rourke says at Democratic debate

A Republican state lawmaker from Texas has caused outcry for tweeting "My AR is ready for you Robert Francis" after Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke pledged to ban and confiscate AR-15 military-style rifles.

Asked if he was proposing confiscation, O'Rourke said: "I am, if it's a weapon that was created to kill people on a battlefield".

He said that, if enacted, he expected people would decide to comply with his new policy, because the government doesn't typically "go door to door searching people's homes to see if they're in fact breaking the law".

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey needled O'Rourke later, saying he was sorry it had taken the El Paso shooting for O'Rourke to embrace the position Booker already held, backing a mandatory buyback and national registration. "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 any more", he said. By the end of the night, it had turned into a slogan, appearing in red, white and blue letters on T-shirts sold on O'Rourke's campaign website. During an interview on "The Chad Hasty Show" in April 2018, the host asked: "I own an AR-15".

But it was just one year ago when the candidate, who was running against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, encouraged Texans to keep their AR-15's and use them lawfully. When another critic told him they had saved a screenshot of his comments for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the lawmaker responded, "Cool bro". "Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15-and neither should anyone else", O'Rourke tweeted in response, along with an image of Cain's tweet.

Earlier this month, he wrote on Twitter, addressing O'Rourke, "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands". "Nobody wants to take it away from you - at least I don't want to do that". The first was reportedly pulled from the El Paso Times, and reads, "Trump falsely claimed that El Paso, one of America's safest cities, had "extremely high rates of violent crime" before fences were built".

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