Democrat presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is asking the remaining field of Democrat presidential contenders to support a gun control plan that includes banning “assault weapons” and licensing all other gun owners, Breitbart reports.
O’Rourke used a Teen Vogue op-ed to urge his fellow candidates to support gun control demands set forward by the activists in March for Our Lives.
“I’m calling on every other candidate in this race — and every member of our party in Congress — to meet the boldness of the American people and sign onto the March For Our Lives Peace Plan,” he wrote.
He said Democrats have waited far too long for the kind of gun control the students are openly advocating, and that it is time to step forward and support it.
“We can stick by what we’ve been doing — playing it safe, while we beg Mitch McConnell to take action on the floor of Congress. Or we can follow the lead of the students marching for their lives and for all of ours, who are demanding we do more to protect them.”
O’Rourke went so far as to claim that Texans who own AR-15s actually want to give them up.
The Hill quoted O’Rourke saying:
But even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me this themselves, “I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt, I don’t need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back, or cutting it to pieces, or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means let’s do it.”
Yeah, right. Nobody in their right mind would say “I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt, I don’t need it to protect myself.”
A Gun Lobby and Industry Held to Account
For too long, the unpatriotic gun lobby and industry has run Washington. Those days are over.
Finally, the next Administration must use the full force of the federal government to bring the reckless and irresponsible gun lobby and industry to justice for the irreparable harm they have brought to the American people, beginning with the gun lobby’s decades-long campaign to change our interpretation of the Second Amendment. Key elements of accountability would include:
The Second Amendment – we believe the next administration must commit to reexamining the District of Columbia v. Heller decision. Many distinguished jurists from across the political spectrum have excoriated the Heller decision as contrary to the historical record and the height of judicial activism. This controversial decision deserves a serious rethinking. We propose three paths to do this:
Attorney general study on the Heller decision – during the George W. Bush Administration, Attorney General John Ashcroft asked the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to study the constitutional basis for whether the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual right to own a firearm, a constitutional question that had been considered settled by the federal courts. Using academic research supported by the gun lobby, the Justice Department concluded that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to bear and keep arms, setting the foundation for the controversial 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision. We believe that it’s long past time for the Justice Department to reexamine the Heller decision.
Benjamin Franklin once said of this choice, “those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
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