O’Rourke Expects You to Turn Over You AR — Or It Will Be Taken From You

During Tuesday Democratic presidential debate, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Beto O’Rourke about how he’d enforce his mandatory “buyback” program for modern sporting rifles.

“I expect my fellow Americans to follow the law,” the former Texas congressman explained. “The same way that we enforce any provision, any law that we have right now. We don’t go door-to-door to do anything in this country to enforce the law.” 

Justifiably so, Cooper was not satisfied with that answer. 

After all, there are roughly 16 million AR- and AK-pattern rifles in circulation owned by individuals who are hypersensitive to government overreach and, therefore, not all that inclined to obey a confiscation scheme that manifestly contravenes the U.S. Constitution.  

Cooper pressed further for clarity.  

“Your website says you will fine people who don’t give up their weapons. That doesn’t take those weapons off the streets,” Cooper said. “So, to be clear, exactly how are you going to take away weapons from people who do not want to give them up, and you don’t know where they are?”

SEE ALSO: Trump Talks Gun ‘BuyBack’ with New Zealand Prime Minister

O’Rourke countered, “If someone does not turn in an AR-15 or an AK-47, one of these weapons of war, or brings it out in public and brandishes it in an attempt to intimidate — as we saw when we were at Kent State recently — then that weapon will be taken from them.”

“If they persist, there will be other consequences from law enforcement,” he added.  

What those “consequences” will be was not articulated.  But O’Rourke needs to tell voters what they are because if he gets his wish and a mandatory “buyback” is enacted, there will be widespread noncompliance.  

How do we know this for sure?

Just look at New Zealand.  It rolled out its buyback several months ago and the latest numbers indicate that less than 10 percent of the newly outlawed weapons have been turned over to authorities.  The program continues until Dec. 20 before violators will be prosecuted.  But still, even if that number doubles to 20 percent, or even grows to 30 percent, between now and that December deadline, that would mean that a significant majority refused to obey the order.  

It should be noted that unlike the U.S., one does not have a constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms in New Zealand.  Gun culture, in other words, is a cornerstone of American life. It perhaps goes without saying but the nation’s 80 million or so gun owners aren’t going to sit on their hands while Beto’s confiscation squads start seizing guns.

Bottom line: O’Rourke, or any other politician wishing to confiscate firearms, will have their work cut out for them.  

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  • Phil Whitehead October 20, 2019, 1:44 pm

    “Beto” Bobby…
    YOU be the first to try to come for our guns.
    I…DARE…YOU…

  • Rick October 20, 2019, 12:01 am

    Not that I would even consider his proposal. Only a politician would propose a mandatory buyback and offer you $300.00 for a weapon system that many law biding citizens have spent over $1000.00 on.

  • I Love Liberty October 19, 2019, 2:39 pm

    Ask one of these tyrants who say they are so many supposed inflated mass shootings across the United States how many more shootings there will be if they send out tyrant gun confiscation squads to steal the American people’s property.

    If the tyrants get the private firearms away from the American people they will go for their retirement accounts and other physical assets. Why do you think they want the private firearms gone so bad?

  • John Boutwell October 19, 2019, 10:53 am

    The very reason for the 2nd Amendment, is to prevent wealth , property and most importantly, freedoms that the citizens of this country have from being taken from them by tyrannical government officials.

  • Robert Messmer October 18, 2019, 9:43 pm

    Quote: “I expect my fellow Americans to follow the law,” the former Texas congressman explained.” Based on some of those fellow Americans becoming a mass shooter in the first place? Or is it the unending slaughter happening in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, DC? You sir have exposed for all the Liberals exactly what the rest of us already knew. Your gun control law is only aimed at the law abiding and not the ones responsible. Just to drive home the point that stopping crimes using guns IS NOT the point, the Democrats in the House just recently voted down an amendment to apply Red Flag laws to known gang members on law enforcement date bases.
    Unless he is talking about M1 carbines, M14s and some others that the government sold as surplus when it upgraded its weapons, there can be no “buy back” because the government never owned them in the first place. As to local law enforcement, military – that is split. We have already seen law enforcement kill a law abiding citizen [I believe in Maryland] while confiscating his guns. The man’s daughter said her father was not a danger to anyone. Law enforcement recently fired a crossing guard, picked up his license [he is a vet, been licensed for over 60 years with a clean record] and guns all over a part of a sentence that was overheard at a diner. Man in Florida lost his guns because he was mis-identified, took couple of weeks to clear it up and is still waiting to get his guns back. Eric Gardner in New York killed because police were enforcing a dumb law. As to the military, check out what active duty troops did to ‘Bonus Army’. Kent State.
    Confiscating weapons after Katrina. Any one remember Waco? The paramilitary police forces of cities and the military might just go ahead and “follow orders”. That is after all what they are trained to do.

  • LL October 18, 2019, 8:04 pm

    Beto is the best gun salesman since Brawk Obozo. He’s just jealous because he himself CANNOT pass a NICS check, Bwahahaha!

  • Carl October 18, 2019, 4:15 pm

    Come and take it

  • Mike Watkins October 18, 2019, 2:36 pm

    What a moron. The majority of the police and military will not follow orders to show up on peoples’ doorsteps to confiscate guns. Some cops who do follow those orders will die along with the citizens they are trying to disarm.

    So then the libs call for the UN to come enforce the unConstitutional gun confiscation laws.

    Haha. Those of us who would hesitate to engage our own cops and military will be so outraged at foreign troops in our soil, it will be open season. Gun owners will not wait for them to show up at our homes. Many of us will be forming up into local militias and hunting them down.

    I imagine at this point a lot of us will decide it’s also time to hunt down our traitorous politicians.

    Bring it on, Beto!

    • Winston October 18, 2019, 4:14 pm

      The Constitution in the US has been ruled by the liberal class Ivy Leaguer ‘Supreme Court’ ( sic ) to be a living document.

      I have news for you: the majority of LE and the military will do as they as ordered by the American neo-liberal ruling class. Why do you think that US police have been being outfitted with surplus Pentagon material under the 1033 program? You might want to review Ruby Ridge, Waco and the aftermath of Katrina to fully understand who will be doing what to whom.

      • Bolt Gun October 9, 2020, 10:31 am

        Cops followed orders to stand down during Portland and Seattle riots even though they had taken an oath to uphold the law.

  • Roger R October 18, 2019, 2:25 pm

    Let’s ask Rapists to cut off their Dicks while we’re at it.

  • D.J. October 18, 2019, 2:12 pm

    He certainly ascribes to Joseph Stalin’s playbook :
    ” If the opposition disarms , well and good . If it refuses to
    disarm , we shall disarm it ourselves . ”
    MOLON LABE ! You ” Alpha – Hotel ” .

    • Stan d. Upnow October 18, 2019, 7:15 pm

      That is almost an exact quote from Elizabeth Warren. Just substitute “Republicans” for “opposition.”

  • Bob B October 18, 2019, 1:34 pm

    His first name should be Butt-hole. Come get my AR yourself, I’ll keep the light on for you.

  • WEDGE October 18, 2019, 1:24 pm

    These goofballs have no intention on taking anything. All of these seditious traitors will have our LEOs do it for them-or they’ll die trying. But here’s a thought, LEOs-why not simply disobey illegal and unConstitutional orders? After all, you did take an oath, remember? To go against and disobey your oaths makes you an automatic criminal. Remember-the Constitution is just another term for We, the People (meaning all citizens of the united States of America. To disobey the Constitution is to disobey the rightful/lawful leaders of this nation-at your own peril )

    • Rick October 19, 2019, 11:50 pm

      What firearm ?

  • Earl Haehl October 18, 2019, 1:13 pm

    There have been, in my lifetime, conscientious Democrats–even a president or two–who believed in the right to keep and bear arms. I have serious questions about the 68 Act, but at least there was a hard look at the Second Amendment and an intent to do everything within the parameters of the Constitution.

    My wife asked me how many weapons i could conceal, but i have no reason to believe my premises would not be searched–I have a couple magazine fed semi autos that tie me to the NICS list–do I consider the Ashcroft order on stopping the maintenance of records as effective? About as much as i believe that I am going to hit the big PowerBall.

    The founding fathers (Those at the Constitutional Convention) were not the source of the Bill of Rights–the fact that neither Massachusetts Bay nor Virginia would remain in the Union had the Bill of rights not been ratified by the First Congress brought the small states in line. New York, one of those small states, had a similar threat. The Commonwealths of Massachusetts Bay and Virginia were necessary to the economic viability of the Union.

    A note about Massachusetts Bay: In 1775 the governor, ordered confiscation of Weapons stored at Concord. While we openly celebrate the skirmish at Lexington thhat was largely symbolic. I have read estimates of the size of resistance forces at Concord as high as 1200–a respectable force with a credible number of veterans from the French and Indian Wars. And the retreat of the King’s forces further armed the resistance by the number of Brown Bess muskets, swords and pistols dropped along the way.

    As for a mandatory “buy Back” I have a few comments. If the government sets a buy back price, it will be significantly lower than what a free market would bring. While that might appear to violate the Fifth Amendment takings clause, the precedent was the “buy back” of gold in the 1930s–$20 an ounce was set as the market for purpose of the sale. Did the Government get all the gold?–Does a unicorn have any real use other than locating virgins?

    Is the re-election of Trump a guarantee of the Second Amendment. Ask a Kurd.

    • Ti October 18, 2019, 3:00 pm

      We keep voting and pressure from electorate can keep 2A moving along as it has for the 200 plus years.

      My research indicates Beto is a no-go, as his blood line have done some pretty messy stuff to El Paso and the rule of law in general.

      Alexander The Great was in middle east also. Look what it got him – now there are modern weapons handed out in this century. Educate yourself about something in the third world thats been going on for a long time. 10 years – they are not trying to negotiate. Let ‘em go at it then. We are being used.

    • Stan d. Upnow October 18, 2019, 7:22 pm

      They tried a buy-back locally a few years ago.
      Guess what they were offering, regardless of the gun’s value?

      A $50 Walmart gift card!

      I shoulda turned-in my broken Crosman BB pistol. LOL

  • Floyd October 18, 2019, 12:57 pm

    Come and take it! Law abiding Marine vet!

  • Kole October 18, 2019, 11:59 am

    Does this guy really want dead cops? Or dead law abiding citizens? Really is that what he wants. Well guess what. We out number the police. The police want to be able to go home and see they’re family at night. The cops will refuse to cooperate simply as a safety measure. This guy is just hot wind. Can’t believe he is still getting air time.

    • WEDGE October 18, 2019, 1:30 pm

      Yes. Yes he does. Then, the seditious traitors can call in the UN to “secure” American streets as the media massively lies, obfuscates, projects and misinforms by hyping the ‘wanton violence’, and then it’s on like Donkey Kong. The Leftist traitors within CONUS have wanted a force of violence push-back by Patriotic Americans for some time now (note the modern version of 1930s German Brownshirts ANITFA) . Unfortunately for them and their evil, illegal machinations, we’re more level-headed than their own Useful Idiots.

  • sng October 18, 2019, 11:13 am

    Since when did we start letting Red Coats run for president?

  • Newell D Anderson October 18, 2019, 10:49 am

    The Jews in Germany, in WWII, were good Citizens. They followed the law all the way to the Gas Chambers!
    There are places Government shouldn’t go. Gun confiscation is one of them!!

  • Unchained October 18, 2019, 10:12 am

    I cant believe he is still upright and consuming oxygen. He should have received a special Arkansas backwoods greeting by now.

    If he is so adamant about gun confiscation why doesn’t he set an example? Please Mr O’dork show us how you would do it. PLEASE!

    • Stan d. Upnow October 18, 2019, 7:30 pm

      I heard him say HE owns an AR!
      I’ll believe that when I see it.
      If true, this POS is a major-league hypocrite.

  • Frank October 18, 2019, 9:48 am

    Beto has as much chance of winning the nomination as a three legged race horse winning the Kentucky Derby.

  • Cutshot October 18, 2019, 8:58 am

    How many, “Beto”, will die when the government attempts a gun confiscation?

  • Lee Blackman October 18, 2019, 8:47 am

    That idiot who can’t even change his own tire, spoiled rich boy with no real life job experience and no qualifications to lead even a pet cat… Yea he knows his campaign is over as a presidential candidate. He’s trying to milk as much money as he can from idiots who actually donate to him while he completely falls from the race.

  • Paul Christensen October 18, 2019, 8:30 am

    So now we know his intent. He wants a police state. He should move. Cuba would be a good place to start.

  • Paul Christensen October 18, 2019, 8:26 am

    So now we know his intent. He wants a police state. He should move. China would be a good place to start.

  • Nick M October 18, 2019, 7:07 am

    Come and get it.

  • Larry October 18, 2019, 7:01 am

    He can’t count on the police or military because they won’t go door to door confiscating firearms, but as all good globalists know, the UN is just a phone call away.

    • John Rogers October 18, 2019, 1:09 pm

      The UN is no threat. Their total force runs around 100,000, and how long do you think they would last when word got out of what was happening? Our own military isn’t going to sit on their hands, and watch UN troops run rough shod on citizens here.

      Beto can say whatever he wants, and if elected, push whatever legislation he likes. There is a huge difference between passing a law and enforcing that law. War on Drugs anyone? Holy shit, they can’t even keep people from speeding on the interstate, but they think people will give up their guns “because the law”? LOLOL

  • joe gasperino October 18, 2019, 5:25 am

    2nd amendment, you idiot

  • joe gasperino October 18, 2019, 5:18 am

    The more he talks , the more these guns are flying off the shelf

    • Stan d. Upnow October 18, 2019, 7:31 pm

      Obama 2.0

  • Quincy October 18, 2019, 3:32 am

    Come and take them, tyrant! You’ll get the same treatment as the last fools that tried to take our guns. Death to tyrants.

    • JoeUSooner October 18, 2019, 9:53 am

      Molon Labe !

  • SeppW October 16, 2019, 4:35 pm

    This clown still hasn’t figured it out. Mandatory buyback? Liberal code for confiscation. O’Rourke needs to read the Constitution and in particular the Bill of Rights. He is woefully uniformed, slacker, card carrying member of the incapable and unproductive guild, and delusional.

    • Altoids October 18, 2019, 9:36 am

      Unfortunately, people like him have a way of becoming main stream, particularly on the left.

      Also it’s worth noting, although no on has pinned him down on it yet, that he would be willing to have the police resort to deadly violence against Americans, all in the name of preventing deadly violence against Americans.

      But O’Rourke, like many leftists, is too ignorant to see the hypocrisy.

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