by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In all of the decades that the modern version of the contentious debate in America over guns, freedom, and the Second Amendment has been going on, the gun-control advocates have repeatedly assured gun owners of one thing: they don’t want to take our guns away from us.
My, what a difference one presidential primary full of unabashed Democratic statists makes.
After years of being told that we are paranoid for saying that the anti-gun Left wants to confiscate our weapons, the anti-gun Left is letting us know in no uncertain terms that they want to confiscate our weapons.
Loudest among them is Robert Francis … O’Rourke who, seeing his relevance as a candidate dwindling by the hour, has decided to go all-in on making a pitch for being America’s gun-grabber-in-chief. …
… This Soviet turn marks a departure for Beto in a couple of ways.
Last year, when the only constituency he was trying to woo consisted of residents of the great state of Texas, O’Rourke was still paying lip service to being a supporter of legal gun owners.
As recently as a few weeks ago, Beto was talking about a federal “buy-back” of AR-15s. Yes, that’s euphemistic garbage — the government can’t buy back something it never owned in the first place. It’s semantic whitewashing of what the program really would be: a huge first step to federal gun confiscation.