I’m running for governor.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 15, 2021
Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today — and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us.
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Beto O’Rourke wants to be the next governor of Texas.
The former congressman and failed 2020 presidential candidate announced his 2022 gubernatorial bid on social media.
“I’m running for governor,” O’Rourke said, “Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today — and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas.”
“A Texas big enough for all of us,” he added.
O’Rourke may be the most anti-gun politician in modern Texas history.
Not only does Beto believe civilians shouldn’t have access to commonly owned firearms and accessories, including modern sporting rifles, but he also believes the government should actively confiscate them from law-abiding citizens.
During a 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate, O’Rourke made his intentions clear, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
Following the debate, O’Rourke even tried to capitalize on the remark, selling t-shirts on Twitter:
This week, when asked about his controversial call to disarm Americans, O’Rourke did not back down.
“Most of us understand the responsibility that comes with owning a firearm, and we will vigorously protect that Second Amendment right and also protect the lives of those around us,” he told The Texas Tribune.
“But I think most of us also understand that we should not have military-style weapons used against our fellow Texans,” he continued. “We have four of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history right here in Texas that took place over the last five years.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, believesO’Rourke’s anti 2A stance won’t fly with Texans.
“Mr. O’Rourke is out of touch with not only Texas voters, but also with the rest of America,” said Mark Oliva, NSSF director of public affairs in an email to GunsAmerica. “His opening gambit was to double-down on his unconstitutional plan to not only ban but confiscate lawfully-owned firearms from Texans.”
“This is on the heels of Gov. Gregg Abbott signing into law Constitutional Carry and the Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination (FIND) Act, which prevents corporations from benefitting from Texas tax dollars while discriminating against members of the firearm industry and working to deny Texans of their Second Amendment rights.
“Mr. O’Rourke’s gun control policy proposals have more in common with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than they do with Texas voters,”continued Oliva.
AUniversity of Texas/Texas Tribune poll published earlier this month had Abbott leading O’Rourke by 9 percentage points.
What do you think of Beto’s chances of becoming the next governor of the Lone Star State?