Beto O'Rourke

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks at a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Failed Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) took a campaign swing through New Hampshire over the weekend, including making an appearance at the New Hampshire State Democratic Convention. While there, he faced questions about his controversial mandatory gun buyback confiscation program, which critics have said would require door to door visits from law enforcement to force compliance.

He was asked about the enforcement issue specifically during a press conference at the convention. Here’s what he said:

“No. I don’t see the law enforcement going door to door. I see Americans complying with the law. I see us working with gun owners, non-gun owners, local, county, state, federal law enforcement to come up with the best possible solution. I have yet to meet an owner of an AR-15 who thinks it’s OK that we have these kind of mass killings in this country,” O’Rourke said when asked by the Washington Examiner about specifics of his plan.

When pressed further about how he plans to enforce his proposal for those who would not comply, he responded, “How do you — how do we enforce any law? There’s a significant reliance on people complying with the law. You know that a law is not created in a vacuum.”

Watch video of his answer below, in which the struggling-for-relevance 2020 presidential candidate also stated he would work with Congress for ways to implement his plan that would respect gun rights as well as protect American lives:

Saying that he “expects” gun owners to comply with his confiscation plan, even though disturbing and deeply troubling, is a far cry from what he’s stated previously on this issue. For example, just a few days ago he was asked how he would address fears that the government was going to “take away assault rifles.” Here’s how he answered:

I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us …

Watch:

He asserted later that same day that “We need to buy back every single assault weapon”:

His response to the DC Examiner on whether or not door to door visits would take place under his administration to force gun owners to hand over their “assault weapons” is a flat out lie. There may be a few people who would voluntarily comply with the mandatory program, but there will be many more who are well aware of their 2nd Amendment rights who are not just going to obediently hand over their weapons to the government.

There is simply no other way for the government to get its hands on “every single assault weapon” without law enforcement stepping in and knocking on doors while armed to the teeth.

“View” co-host and gun owner Meghan McCain correctly pointed out last week that if Beto were to be elected and implement a program like this, there would be violence in response from citizens.

He absurdly and despicably responded that McCain’s comments were an incitement to violence, but in reality she simply stated what Beto O’Rourke deep down knows to be true, but won’t say out loud.

He’s from Texas. He knows she’s right. He knows there are a not-so-small-number of people with registered weapons who will not gift wrap them with a pretty little bow and drop them off at the nearest police station, and who are not going to open their doors eagerly when the feds come knocking.

Yet he still made this idea a central part of his campaign platform.

The good thing is that, in spite of Beto’s expressed wishes to force gun owners to surrender certain weapons to the government, his campaign is going nowhere fast. The bad news is that there are other Democratic presidential candidates who are on board with the idea, including frontrunner Joe Biden.

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