On Thursday, White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke announced his re-entry into the 2020 presidential race by rebranding his campaign and his strategy. The former Texas representative has the better part of a month in his hometown of El Paso after a tragic mass shooting took place there, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.
And while he claims that his time spent there was to support and honor his community and the family members of those who lost their lives, it seems that most of his efforts were spent degrading our President and the rights that he stands for.
Yeah sure, he visited hospitals and attended vigils but he what really stood out was his appearance as the star of numerous videos and interviews in which he purported his message of hate against President Donald Trump and anyone who supports him. He blamed the president for being directly responsible for the shooting there as well as the one that took place on the same day in Dayton, Ohio.
According to O’Rourke, Trump and his supporters incite hate and violence wherever they go. And Trump’s allowance of guns and, in particular, assault weapons, is just the tip of the iceberg.
So on Friday, he proposed a plan that would put a ban on all assault weapons, enforce a buyback program for them, raise the legal age to buy guns to 21, and require background checks for all individuals interested in firearms, whether selling or buying.
And then on Saturday, he attended a local gun show in Conway, Arkansas.
Not exactly the first place you would think of, huh?
According to what his campaign told the Hill, he did so “to talk with firearm owners and vendors about solutions to tackle gun violence,” with plenty of cameras and microphones in tow, of course.
His campaign said, “in order to have progress, Beto believes we have to meet people where they are, and not be afraid to have hard conversations with people who may not always agree.”
And while this could be a respectful outlook, we find it hard to believe, especially in light of a few of his previous statements about Trump and his supporters.
Let’s take, for instance, a quote from the Texas lawmaker from last Sunday. He said, “I think it’s really hard” to see anyone who supports Trump without being racist.
So in one instance, he says all Republicans, especially those who support the president, are inciting hate and violence and are racist, and yet in the other, he honestly wants to hear their opinions on gun safety?
Yeah, we aren’t buying it.
It’s a good thing he did have those cameras there so that someone could actually hear what these fine people had to say because we are pretty sure Beto isn’t listening. Why would he? After all, when he looks at them, all he sees is a racist Trump supporter.
During his half an hour visit to the gun show, Beto “listened to voters – including many Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 – about their thoughts on gun safety,” according to his campaign.
And he even found some people who agreed with him somewhat. Beto’s communications director tweeted this:
“A Trump voter and Republican are, ok with a mandatory assault weapons buyback.”
But as Jeffrey Cook of ABC News noted, the same gentleman indicated that he didn’t think it would solve any real problems. He said, “If you want votes, you’re not going to get them by talking about taking this away from people. People are going to find a way to kill people.”
This is so true. Ever since the recent mass shootings, and even before, Democrats have been on a craze to ban guns and our 2nd Amendment rights, foolishly thinking it will cause crime rates to drop and the world to be more at peace.
According to the FBI, nearly five times more people die every year due to being stabbed than they do from being shot. Should we instead be looking to ban knives and cutting utensils?
However, you will notice that Beto’s campaign focuses on the fact that they found someone to agree with them. What we have is a classic case of opportunism. Not only did he shamefully use the lives of those so recently lost to rebound his campaign into the limelight, but he is also now taking even the smallest shred of agreement and making it all about exactly what he wants.