Beto O’Rourke is barely hanging into the presidential run. He hasn’t been making much ground in the polls. When he first announced that he was running, people were excited. However, he’s been showing more of his true colors lately. He spoke bad Spanish, he pointed the finger at Trump before offering condolences to those who lost loved ones in the El Paso shooting, and now he wants to take peoples’ guns.
He has been touting a plan for a mandatory buyback of assault weapons. With two shootings happening across America over the span of 28 hours, he has increased his controversial gun control platform.
His proposal goes considerably further than the other 2020 candidates. He wants to ban assault weapons and require that they are forfeited. Further, he wants to implement a voluntary buyback of handguns. As a man from Texas, a state with one of the largest gun owners per capita, he should know that’s a shaky plan at best. Mandatory forfeiture for assault weapons?
What is an assault weapon? That’s where things get even shakier. Since there’s no clear definition on that, it would require him to create a full definition so people know if they have to forfeit or not.
O’Rourke actually took two weeks off from his campaign trail after the El Paso shooting happened in his hometown. When he came back, he had a plan in place and a long speech that blamed Trump for the shootings because it instilled racism. However, the people who conducted the shootings were on-off as opposed to acting as groups, which means that it points more to being mentally unstable than anything else.
O’Rourke wants to enact universal background checks and red-flag laws if he’s elected president. However, there won’t be any need for that because those things are likely going to be taken care of before the end of the year. Our current president will be taking care of those things.
The rest of O’Rourke’s plan becomes obsessive – and shows that he has no clue how guns or gun violence happens. He wants to ban assault weapons, bump stocks, silencers, and high-capacity magazines. There’s an issue, though – bump stocks and silencers are already illegal. The man cannot even stop to look at what current laws are before creating a plan. Clearly, if bump stocks are still being used, people are acquiring them illegally. This is because criminals don’t follow laws.
Further, he wants to require social media platforms to weed out activities that incite violence. Facebook and all of the other major platforms already have filters in place. They also have a way for people to report activity if it is illegal, inappropriate, or is hate speech.
There’s another problem with his plan, too. He wants to mandate that “assault weapons” are turned in with a buyback program. Not all states have a registry to determine who is the owner of a specific gun. This means that people would have to voluntarily identify that they are an owner of such a gun and turn it in. With people clinging to the second amendment, the number of weapons turned in on a buyback program are likely to be minimal. And, if someone does use one to commit a mass shooting, they would be breaking the law anyway. After all, O’Rourke may not be aware that it’s illegal to kill people, so that would be the first law that they break. After that, the shooter is likely not concerned if they’re also getting in trouble for breaking gun laws.
The list of problems can go on and on with O’Rourke’s plan. It’s giving political analysts flashbacks to his ill-conceived immigration plan. He wants to limit gun licenses to people who are 21 and older unless they have a hunting license. There are so many flaws with this part of his plan that it’s hard to decide where to start. Those who enter the military learn how to handle a gun as early as 18. There are going to be plenty of enlisted members who would want to become marksmen, and therefore, practice with a gun before the age of 21. Further, he’s providing a workaround from being 21 simply by being able to get a hunting license.
O’Rourke needs to go back to the drawing board with his plan on guns because there are too many flaws with it. While he’s at it, he needs to learn what is and isn’t illegal now. Maybe if he were to stop hating Trump, he could see that there are already things being done about gun control, so the country won’t have to elect O’Rourke to put an end to mass shootings.