O’Rourke, who has exploited the recent Uvalde, Texas school shooting to jumpstart his campaign, has repeatedly changed his gun control position during his various bids for office. Most recently, the campaign quietly edited his website’s section on “gun safety,” changing a call to “reduce” the number of AR-15s into a declaration that no civilian should own the weapon.
As recently as April 1, the “Gun safety” page included a section that said: “And while it might not be the easy or politically safe thing to say, I strongly believe that we need to reduce the number of AR-15’s and AK-47’s on our streets.” Sometime after April 1 the campaign edited the section to say: “And while it might not be the easy or politically safe thing to say, I don’t believe any civilian should own an AR-15 or AK-47.”
You will recall that when running for president in 2019, O’Rourke stated, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15” — a position he stood by as recently as November 2021. But in February he dialed it down: “I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone. What I want to make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment. I want to make sure that we protect our fellow Texans far better than we’re doing right now,” he told reporters.
Despite his occasional, politically-expedient pretense of moderation, it is clear that O’Rourke has every intention of taking your AR-15 if elected? “Hell, yes.”