Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who has previously advocated requiring Americans to sell certain firearms to the government and declared that "we're gonna take your AR-15," recently said that he is "not interested in takin' anything from anyone."
O'Rourke lost a 2018 U.S. senatorial contest to incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. He then pursued a presidential bid in 2019, but dropped out later that year. Now the Democratic politician is running for Texas governor, but even if he manages to win the Democratic primary, securing victory in the general election could be a difficult task — the last time a Democrat won a Texas governor's race was in 1990.
O'Rourke appears to have a history of flip flopping on the gun issue.
In 2018, he said of anyone who had already bought an "AR-15, if you own it, keep it."
But during a Democratic presidential primary debate in 2019 O'Rourke declared, "Hell yes, we're gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47."
"Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15. If it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield, we're going to buy it back," O'Rourke tweeted, along with a clip of his debate comments.
KLTV recently reported that O'Rourke was asked about his 2019 comments about taking away the firearms.
In a video clip the candidate says, "I'm not interested in takin' anything from anyone. What I wanna make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment. I wanna make sure that we protect our fellow Texans far better than we're doing right now ... "
On his campaign website, O'Rourke says that he thinks "we need to reduce the number of AR-15’s and AK-47’s on our streets" and that "it is far too easy for Texans to get their hands on weapons of war that are designed specifically to kill people in masses in as little time as possible."