Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke reaffirmed his vision for gun control Sunday in the wake of another shooting tragedy in Texas that left seven people murdered and nearly two dozen others injured.
“What we’ve been saying, the rhetoric we’ve been using, the policies and practices and politics of this country has not been as urgent enough as needed. Doesn’t meet this crisis,” O’Rourke said on MSNBC.
“So let’s speak clearly and bluntly and then take decisive action: Universal background checks, red flag laws, ending the sales of weapons of war, but also importantly, and politically difficult to say, buy those weapons of war back. Mandate that. Not voluntarily,” O’Rourke continued
“Let’s be really clear with our fellow Americans: [there is] no place for an AK-47 or an AR-15 on the streets of our communities,” the former Texas congressman added.
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O’Rourkebegan advocating mandatory gun buybackslast month, which critics argue is essentially gun confiscation veiled in softer rhetoric. O’Rourke would force owners of firearms like the AR-15 to turn over their rifle to the government or face a fine.