Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke claimed over the weekend that Texans who own AR-15s have told him they support his plan for extreme gun control.
"Texans who own AR-15s, they've told me this themselves, 'I don't need this. I don't need it to hunt, I don't need it to protect myself, it was fun to use, I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back, or cutting it to pieces, or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means do it,'" O'Rourke said on MSNBC Saturday.
Beto O'Rourke with another 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥: “Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me, 'I don’t need this. I don’t need it to h… https://t.co/8IhXTetZVN— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra) 1568475981.0
O'Rourke told the nation last week during the Democratic debate that he supports mandatory confiscation of all AR-15s and another similar semi-automatic firearms.
What was the reaction among Texans?
However, considering that Texans overwhelmingly support Second Amendment rights, not many believed O'Rourke's claims, which he made without corroborating evidence.
Blaze Media's Jason Howerton mockingly responded to O'Rourke, joking that O'Rourke could not take his AR-15 because of his criminal history.
Hey, @BetoORourke, actual Texan here. I regret to inform you that your request to buy my legally purchased firearm… https://t.co/B5hONR20zM— Jason Howerton (@Jason Howerton) 1568499105.0
RedState's Brandon Morse called O'Rourke's claim a "Texas sized lie."
Texan here. I rate this a Texas sized lie. https://t.co/Ub1VKgSrVy— Brandon Morse (@Brandon Morse) 1568501931.0
Dana Loesch responded with a gif from "Anchorman."
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 15, 2019
Blaze Media's Chad Prather said:
What nutless wonders have you been talking to?
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) September 14, 2019
"I'm from Texas and I'm happy to say nope not giving them up," another Texan responded.
"Real Texans didn't say that," another person said.
"Lmao. Robert continuously making up stories that never happened," another Texan responded.