The moderator noted that Beto has espoused different positions on confiscation. During the September 2019 debate for Democrat presidential hopefuls, O’Rouke had nfamously said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.” But on February 9, 2022, he told supporters in Tyler, Texas, that he’s “not interested in taking anything from anyone.”
On Friday night, the moderator asked O’Rourke which position was current: would he be confiscating AR-15s or not?
O’Rourke answered by talking about all the gun control plans to pursue: raising the legal age to buy a long gun from 18 to 21, instituting a red flag law, and passing universal background checks. He did not address confiscation.
So the moderator doubled back, saying, “Just to be clear, yes or no, are you for confiscating AR-15-sytle weapons?”
O’Rourke answered only that “I am for making sure that we make progress.”
Translation: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”