by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Billionaire anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg called Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan “impractical” and a “rallying cry” for citizens who think Democrats are overstepping their bounds in the gun control debate.
The former New York City mayor criticized O’Rourke’s performance in the September Democratic debate, specifically his “hell yes” response when asked if he would take AR-15s and AK-47s from their owners. He doubted the feasibility of the proposal from the former Texas congressman and failed Senate candidate.
“That’s why I won’t be a candidate of the Democratic Party,” Bloomberg told Firing Line host Margaret Hoover. “Because it’s so impractical. I don’t know how you’d even do it. It would be such a rallying cry for people to say, ‘They’re overstepping their bounds.'”
“That is not the way to win this issue,” he added.
Bloomberg said the government should go after gun manufacturers and focus on passing red flag laws and expanded background checks.
“His idea is so impractical,” Bloomberg said. “People that have guns tend to have lots of guns, and the theory is, ‘somebody is going to come to the front door, rape my women, and take my guns.’ That’s what they believe, and to exacerbate it and give them more ammunition just isn’t all that productive.”