Politico: Is Beto O’Rourke Hurting The Gun Control Crusade?
By Cam Edwards
Beto O’Rourke’s campaign is floundering at the moment. Mired in the low single digits in polling, the candidate will release his third quarter fundraising figures today, and they’re not expected to be anything to write home about. Since his “campaign reset” to focus on gun control after the shootings at an El Paso Walmart, O’Rourke has re-invented himself as the gun control candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary, but while it’s led to increased media attention, it hasn’t amounted to a real boost for his campaign. It’s an open question as to whether or not he’s helped or hurt the gun control movement as well.
In a new article for Politico, O’Rourke acknowledges that his “Hell yes we’re taking your AR-15” comment a few weeks ago may have made life more difficult for his fellow Democrats, but says the party hasn’t “caught up” to where the country is at the moment.
O’Rourke’s own proposal has been criticized as politically impractical or potentially unconstitutional. When CNN’s Chris Cuomo told O’Rourke last month that he doubted the legality of mandatory buybacks, O’Rourke replied that under the Second Amendment, “the government does have a power to regulate those kinds …Read the Rest
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