Lawmaker Responds To O'Rourke Threat To Take Guns, Then Beto Reports Him To FBI

Beto O'Rourke called the FBI about a Texas lawmaker's tweet telling the candidate that his gun was "ready" for him.

Houston, TX – Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke called the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to report a Texas lawmaker’s tweet as a death threat after he told Americans he was going to take away their semi-automatic rifles during the Democratic Presidential Debate on Thursday night.

"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke answered the moderator’s question about gun confiscation.

“We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” he proclaimed.

The candidate from El Paso then said he would start a mandatory buyback of “assault rifles” and forcibly remove the weapons from those who did not comply, ABC News reported.

"If the high impact, high velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body, because it was designed to do that, so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers," O'Rourke said. "When we see that being used against children, and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15, and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland, there weren't enough ambulances to get to them in time, hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."

Late Thursday night after the debate in Houston, O’Rourke reiterated his pledge on Twitter.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” the candidate tweeted.

Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain took umbrage at O’Rourke’s vow to take away rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and let the candidate know it.

“My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” Cain wrote in a post that Twitter has since deleted.

O’Rourke’s campaign reacted by reporting the tweet to the FBI as a death threat, ABC News reported.

"This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else,” O’Rourke replied via tweet to Cain.

“You’re a child Robert Francis,” Cain tweeted.

Cain’s tweet was then removed by Twitter for violating the platform’s “violent threat” policy.

"I think it's a really irresponsible thing for him to do, especially somebody who is a public servant and in a position of public trust to be sending that kind of message to this country,” O’Rourke complained to CBS News. “We are a nation of laws, and if that ends up becoming the law of the United States of America, then we expect the people of this country to comply with it."

Cain said that his tweet wasn’t a threat, it was a "come and take it" message.

ABC News reported that Cain’s account was put in “Twitter Jail” for about 10 hours after his post was removed.

The second-term gun-rights advocate, who represents House District 128 east of Houston, has been put under police protection due to threats made against him in the wake of the Twitter war with O’Rourke.

Cain has been rated the most right-wing member of the Texas House and is known for posting provocative content on social media, ABC News reported.

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TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Just another Democrat Placeholder. "We're a nation of laws:" Yes Robert Francis, and our laws are based upon the United States Constitution. Obviously you are not very familiar with that document and its Amendments or you would know to take away firearms would be violating the Constitution...but then again you maybe do know that and are just hell-bent to try to violate our rights anyway!! Hmm you are beginning to sound like a lot of other dictators with bad haircuts......(e.g. Uncle Adolph Hitler)

hausdok
hausdok

Looks like an intentional over-reaction by the Texas lawmaker that's designed to get him some more votes in the next election.

According to the article, O’Rourke said, “We are a nation of laws, and if that ends up becoming the law of the United States of America, then we expect the people of this country to comply with it."

This comment shows that O'Rourke was intentionally omitting the fact from his "Hell Yes" statement that it would take a constitutional amendment to enable him to take peoples' guns. The Texan is a smart guy - he knows it too - but he also knows his comment will gain him support. It's all political theater.

O'Rourke knows that he would need it to be the law of the land; but, instead of answering the moderator with something like, "Yes, I would seek to get a constitutional amendment passed that makes it illegal to own an assault-type firearm, and, once that amendment was passed and it was officially the law of the land, I would direct that all assault weapons be surrendered to the authorities or owners would face prosecution," he pandered to those on the left who don't know what it takes to force a change to the constitution. The Texan could have pointed this out, but not doing so makes him Robin Hood to his voting base.

Getting a constitutional amendment passed is extremely difficult. A pres can try to get it done, but he or she will need AT LEAST 2/3 of both the house and the senate to AGREE before an amendment can even legally be proposed. States can try and get it proposed too, without congress, by calling for a constitutional convention for that purpose, but, again, 2/3 of the state legislatures would need to be on board just for proposal. Once proposed legally, 3/4 of all of the state legislatures must ratify (accept and approve) the proposed amendment before it can become law. That's huge and something that's never going to happen as long as the country remains so politically divided by the left and right.

Both of them are just another pair of manipulative politicians who will lie and omit facts or do whatever it takes to get votes.

sandyj2u
sandyj2u

Wasn't a threat, just a Texan stating to come take his gun..

SDLucas
SDLucas

Mr. O'Rourke... Hell no, you won't.

cbanderson
cbanderson

Hey “Beto”: 🖕

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

Beto's always willing to let other's fight his battles. Just like he's willing to let other's confiscate the guns he want's to take from people. Just another BS artist.

IsupportLEOs
IsupportLEOs

Beto has sure changed his tune since running against Ted Cruz in Texas.

Even if confiscation of these weapons was a good thing (and it's not), polititions never consider the financial and other costs to impliment their "plans". They just pass laws that say "make it so", and it's supposed to just happen. The poor slobs tasked with implimenting "the plan" has to scramble to figure out how to make it happen and where the money will come from to do it. In this case there is also the issue of the safety of the persons tasked with this confiscation. Really? Who wants that job?

JimR706
JimR706

The first threat was actually Beto. Threatened to take guns by FORCE! It's not just a one on one threat. It's a threat to every gun owner in America.

jim bennett
jim bennett

good luck with all that, Master Beto

Susanoma
Susanoma

Come take ours. Lol...That wasn't a threat you little snitch puss. Your a knat.

coolrunnins
coolrunnins

If this is a death threat then what about all the threats against the President that are publicly made and nothing done? Oh yeah, the difference is Beto is a dem that makes all the difference.