Debate Highlights: 2020 Democrats Spar On Gun Control
We anticipated the third Democratic debate to turn into a screaming match of who has the best gun-grabbing plan. During the debate, Beto O’Rourke exclaimed, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke said about his policy proposal to buy back certain assault weapons. His comment drew a lot of controversy among conservatives, as well as some Democrats. Candidate Pete Buttigieg criticized O’Rourke’s comments after the debate.
During the third Democratic debate on Thursday, O’Rourke said he planned to take assault rifles from civilians as part of a nationwide buy-back program in response to the spate of mass shootings afflicting the country in recent years. The emphatic comments raised concerns among his fellow Democrats that they would offer fuel for attack ads by the NRA, feeding into the idea that Democrats were out to destroy the Second Amendment.
Earlier Sunday, fellow Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg agreed that O’Rourke’s comments at the debate played into the NRA’s hands, adding that there is consensus in the country to making serious steps toward curbing gun violence, from banning the sale of new assault rifles to “red flag” laws and universal background checks.
This is the point where candidates are trying to outdo the other with radical plans that will erode our constitutional rights and lead to ineffective outcomes. O’Rourke may have hurt his chances to make it to the next debate, but only time will tell.