The proposal of former MP Beto O Rourke (D-Texas) to endorse a mandatory repurchase of weapons has sounded alarm among the rear foot of Democrats. They also say that it could be used by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to raise money and members and fight efforts to implement tighter background controls and other measures to reduce gun violence.
"I think we should focus on the stuff we can get across the finish line, and I think that was a small gift to the NRA. Martin Heinrich Martin Trevor Heinrich Senate Panel Brings Trump's Nominees to Lead the Army Overnight Defense Air Force: Dems Grill Trump Army, Air Force Notes | House Chair Subpoenas Trump Afghanistan Negotiator | Trump Officials Free Military Assistance for Ukrainian Democrats Grill Army, Air Force Nominees for Military Financing of Border Wall MORE (DN.M.) opposite The Hill.
The NRA has already released a slew of ads for attacks this week on O & Rourke's plan. One such ad called the former Texas Congressman "the AR-15 seller of the month" and suggested that his comments triggered a rush to buy the rifle.
Speech at a press conference in front of the Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Thomas Massie Thomas Harold MassieScalise Bursting Democratic Legislation on Weapons Reforms Airports already have plenty of infrastructure funding Overnight Defense: House votes against blocking Trump weapons sales to Saudis and probably creates a veto with it USA officially withdraw Turkey from the F-35 program | Pentagon sent 2,100 more troops to the border MORE (R-Ky.) Scolded O Rourke's suggestion, calling it "the first step in a complete seizure" of American firearms, insisting that O & # 39; Rourke's views for Democrats are representative of broader arms control plans.
"Let's give him points for honesty," Massie replied to a question from The Hill. "That's what almost every person there would prefer to what he calls" reasonable gun control. "They would prefer to take back every single weapon, which is a recipe to destroy this land as it is."
O'Rourke made headlines in the Texas Democracy debate in September when he said, "Yes, we'll take your AR-15, your AK-47." The remarks followed a shootout in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, in which 22 people died.
According to O Rourke's plan, Americans who own weapons in an attack style would have to sell them back to them, and anyone who refuses or does not lose those weapons will be fined. He has also proposed a licensing system where gun owners must complete firearms safety training and register their weapons.
It is unclear whether O'Rourke's plan would help his muddy presidential run His campaign pointed to recent survey data indicating support for a mandatory buyback program.
An ABC News / Washington Post poll released earlier this month revealed that 52 percent support such a proposal, compared to 44 percent who oppose it. Other polls from Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, and PBS Newshour, which have been published in recent weeks, provided even stronger support for such a program.
Some Democrats consider the proposal for good policy for O'Rourke and consider it not harmful nationwide.
Jon Reinish, a Democratic strategist and former adjutant of the Senate. Kirsten Gillibrand Kirsten Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (DN.Y.) argued that this would have little effect on the Democratic election prospects in 2020 if the party failed wants to conquer only the White House, but a Senate majority.
"[A mandatory buyback program] is where voters happen to be. The voters of both parties do not want or advocate that war weapons be used on the street, in Walmart or in their schools, "he added, adding that the pool of voters Democrats could lose by promoting such policies is relatively small.
"There are very few capable, persuasive voters who are also voters with a gun," Reinish said.
On Capitol Hill, however, Democrats have signaled that they believe O & Rourke's proposal has made it harder to reach a deal on laws.
Minority leaders in the Senate Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Schumer, Pelosi, urges Trump to back up the general background check wall MORE (DN.Y.) rejected the plan in a conference call with New York reporters this week said, however, that this should not stop the Democrats from taking further action.
"I do not know any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O & Rourke Beto O & RourkeNRA designates O & Rourke as" Seller of the Month "after the gun shop in Arizona has sold its AR-15 during the MSNBC Climate Change Forum's "Beto Special" 20 o'clock Timeslot The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump is pushing back because of whistleblower controversy MORE but it's no excuse 'Do not move on,' said Schumer on the call. His comments were first published by the Albany Times Union.
Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, and Rudy Giuliani guest on the second state visit under Trump Schumer: I do not know any Democrat who agrees with O Rourke on weapons seizure O & # 39; Rourke: Many Democrats "complicit" in weapons problem MORE (DW.Va.), Who along with Senator Pat Toomey Patrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA has improperly collected US telephone data in October show new documents, That Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean Envoy to Separate with Trump on Nuclear Threat | McCain's explosions suspend Korean military exercises | The White House defends Trump's greeting from North Korean General WH Backpedals over Trump's remark on the "orderly conduct" of weapons. MORE (R-Pa.) In 2013, it was duller.
On Wednesday. "He has his own opinion, okay? I find it very damaging that it looks like all democrats. One thing I can tell you: Beto O & Rourke will not take my arms off me. Say the beto, okay? "
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) said on CNN last week that he would support a "voluntary" repurchase program, but praised O & Rourke for his openness in the matter.
Others have offered support for a compulsory confiscation program.
"I can only speak for myself and I liked what he has to say," said the MEP. Carolyn Maloney Carolyn Bosher Maloney2017 killed more people in the first year than car accidents Senate approved fund for compensation of victims of September 11, MORE (DN.Y.).
"I want to hear people say that we are bringing the weapons of mass destruction off the streets and out of the hands of children," she said, adding, "Candidates should talk about their different positions with regard to assault weapons, so that voters make the right decision. "
There's no sign that O & Rourke is withdrawing from his call for a back down on compulsory buyback of assault weapons in an outdoor town hall in Aurora, Colorado, where a mass shooting took place in 2012 doubled after such a program.
"For these AK-47s and AR-15s – more than 15 million out there, each one of them a potential terrorist instrument – we will buy back every single one," he said.