Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
It’s no secret that Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke has been desperate to raise his profile somehow and gain some traction in the 2020 race.
Toward that end, he has been on a recent tear, calling for the banning and what amounts to the confiscation of guns like the AR-15 and the AK-47 by the government. He says that it would mandatory under his administration to turn in such guns.
The media has been giving him a lot of attention for making the push, although it still hasn’t helped his poll numbers which continue to wallow in the basement.
On Thursday, he spoke and again pushed this point.
Yesterday, people brought assault weapons to our rally at Kent State—where 4 students were shot dead in 1970.
I told them nobody should show up with an AK-47 or an AR-15 to seek to intimidate us in our own democracy.
We need to buy back every single one of them. pic.twitter.com/U7N5fWUlvv
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 26, 2019
He seemed not to why this was a particularly bad take about the incident where four students were shot dead at Kent State.
The unarmed students, two of whom weren’t even participating in the protest, were infamously shot by members of the National Guard during a protest there against the Vietnam War on campus, May 4, 1970.
When you’re trying to argue why you should take guns away from the people, perhaps it’s not the best argument to talk about an incident where the government shot the people dead.
Democrat presidential candidate Robert Francis O'Rourke brings up the time when the U.S. government gunned down 4 students at Kent State as an example of why people should allow their guns to be confiscated by the government
What an incredible self-own by Beto https://t.co/2mbaIRIv0V
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 27, 2019
“Only the government should have weapons” because right here in this very spot, the government shot defenseless citizens is a weird flex, but okay.
— Sherry W (@tobellewiththis) September 27, 2019
*government shoots citizens*
Beto: And that is why civilians can't be trusted with guns!
You are walking, breathing sPongEbOb tExT.
— prop op (@ProperOpinion) September 27, 2019
Someone want to give Robert Francis a heads-up?
What a way to do in your own argument…