Beto O’Rourke reports Republican ‘death threat’ to FBI as he capitalizes on gun-grab quote with t-shirts and vows handing over AR-15s ‘will be mandatory’ when he’s president

Friday, September 13, 2019
By Paul Martin

Beto O’Rourke reported a death threat against him to the FBI
A Texas state lawmaker told O’Rourke: ‘my AR is ready for you’
The campaign reported it to the FBI and Twitter, which removed the post
O’Rourke was applauded by the Democratic audience when he said: ‘Hell, yes, we are going to take your AR-15s’
His campaign is selling t-shirts with his signature line
O’Rourke got heated talking about the need to eliminate assault weapons after the mass shootings in El Paso and 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,’ he said
Shortly after his intervention, his campaign tweeted a clip of it and a link to his fundraising website, suggesting he had practiced the line in advance
The candidates clashed on the details of gun control but agreed on universal background checks

13 September 2019

Beto O’Rourke reported a death threat against him to the FBI after a Texas state lawmaker threatened to come after him when the former congressman vowed to come after AR-15 assault weapons in the Democratic presidential debate.

O’Rourke said his campaign contacted both the FBI and Twitter after Texas state Representative Briscoe Cain wrote ‘my AR is ready for you Robert Francis’ on the social media website, referring to O’Rourke formal name.

‘It’s a matter for law enforcement,’ O’Rourke told CNN Friday morning.

He also capitalized on his breakout gun moment at Thursday’s Democratic debate by selling a t-shirt carrying his signature line from the evening.

‘Hell, yes, we are going to take your AR-15s,’ reads the shirt, which the campaign is selling on its website for $30.

The former Texas congressman’s vow in the debate went viral and his response to the August shooting in his hometown of El Paso earned him the praise of his Democratic rivals.

But O’Rourke clarified that – despite saying ‘we are going to take your AR-15s’ – there would be no door-to-door searches if he got elected and banned the assault weapons.

Instead, he would expect Americans to voluntarily turn their weapons over.

‘It’s expecting Americans to follow the law. And I know that they will,’ he told MSNBC Friday morning.

‘I’m going to work with police chiefs, with sheriffs with law enforcement to make sure we implement this in the most effective way possible,’ he added. ‘It will by and large be dependent with people complying with the law.’

But, he clarified, it would not be voluntary and people would be expected to follow his ban.

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