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Beto O'Rourke fails miserably on Reddit for his answer on how he plans 'to take your' AR-15s

His response is currently the second most downvoted comment in Reddit history


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Democratic 2020 candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke took to Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" forum on Thursday in an attempt to revive his flagging presidential campaign — but things went south for the former Texas congressman almost immediately.

In reference to O'Rourke's promise — "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." — during last week's Democratic debate, a Reddit user asked, "How will you confiscate the millions of AR-15s?"

Here's how O'Rourke answered:

Americans will comply with the law. It will be a mandatory buyback of AR-15 and AK-47s, weapons designed for war. Because we understand that there's no reason for a any of us to own a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield. Especially when that kind of weapon is so often used to kill and terrorize people throughout this country — in their schools, in their grocery stores, in their churches, in their synagogues, at concerts... everywhere. I have met countless AR and AK owners who say they don't need it to hunt, they don't need it for self defense, it's fun to shoot but would give it up. Because they also have kids and grandkids and want them to be safe.

O'Rourke's response, the very first of his "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday night, is currently the second most downvoted comment in Reddit history, Glenn Beck said on Friday's radio program. He and guest Bill O'Reilly discussed the Democratic candidate's waning support and the disastrous results of his last-ditch publicity stunt on Reddit.

"Look, this is it for [Beto]," O'Reilly said. "He's never going to be able to get elected to anything ever again. He's a radical leftist. He accused the president of the United States of inciting the mass murder in El Paso. He is a constitutional violator ... he's out there."

Catch more of the conversation in the video below:

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