State of the Union host Dana Bash asked O’Rourke about Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
He continued, “We saw that in Kenosha, we saw that in El Paso, Texas, where 23 people were murdered by someone with an AK-47 just in a matter of minutes.”
This entire tragedy makes the case that we should not allow our fellow Americans to own and use weapons that were originally designed for battlefield use. That AR-15, that AK-47, has one single, solitary purpose, and that is killing people as effectively, as efficiently, and in as great a number in as little time as possible.
O’Rourke then started talking about his gubernatorial campaign in Texas, where he claimed that wants to “protect the Second Amendment”, while he simultaneously pushes for civilian disarmament.
AWR Hawkins added some context to how steep of a challenge O’Rourke and his civilian disarmament cronies will have in trying to destroy the Second Amendment:
O’Rourke gained notoriety in 2019, during his failed presidential run, when he called for the confiscation of AR-15s. In the end, O’Rourke’s campaign floundered, as Joe Biden easily secured the Democratic nomination in 2020.
On December 4, 2019, Breitbart News reported National Shooting Sports Foundation figures showing Americans owned approximately 420 million firearms at that time, around 18 million of which were AR-15s and similar rifles.
n all likelihood, O’Rourke’s campaign for Texas Governor will go down in flames due to Greg Abbott’s popularity and the fact that the 2022 midterms heavily favor Republicans nationwide. The party out of the White House generally sees strong performances at both the federal and state levels.
Nevertheless, Republicans in the Lone Star State should not remain complacent. Texas is currently ranked in 10th place according to Guns and Ammo magazine’s Best States for Gun Owners rankings.
A solid ranking, but for a state like Texas that boasts of its pro-gun culture, it should be in the #1 spot. Earlier this year, Texas passed Constitutional Carry, a solid move, but it can do much more.
Obviously, it will need to prevent the likes of O’Rourke from getting into office. Nevertheless, Texas lawmakers must continue pushing the envelope so as to keep grassroots conservatives and gun owners activated. Texas elections are becoming more competitive, so every vote will count.
If gun owners and other conservatives end up sitting out, it could spell a certain defeat for Republicans in the Lone Star state and allow for O’Rourke and his allies to take power — a move that would mark the beginning of the end of gun rights in Texas.