Leave it to Beto O’Rourke to fail to realize that criminals, by definition, do not follow the laws.
When pressed by a reporter during an appearance on CNN regarding his mandatory gun buyback program on so-called “assault rifles,” Beto suggested that mass shooters would willingly comply with gun confiscations.
Speaking on his proposed gun buyback program, Beto told CNN’s Alison Camerota,
“It’s pretty simple. As with any law in this country, we would expect our fellow Americans to follow the law.”
Camerota then questioned,
“You would expect mass shooters to follow the law?”
Beto seemed caught off guard by having a hole poked in his plan, replying,
“Our fellow Americans will follow the law, yes.”
Camerota followed up the question by pointing out the critical error gun control proponents make,
“By definition mass shooters in Parkland, in El Paso, I could go on for 10 minutes — they don’t follow the law.”
Kudos to CNN, for once.
The Hill has more to say about Beto's answer:
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) on Wednesday defended his plan for a mandatory buyback program for assault rifles when he was pressed on whether mass shooters would hand over their weapons.
O'Rourke told Alisyn Camerota in an appearance on CNN's "New Day" that he expects his "fellow Americans to follow the law" if a buyback program were implemented.
"It's pretty simple, he said. "As with any law in this country, we would expect our fellow Americans to follow the law."
.@BetoORourke on his proposed mandatory buyback of assault weapons: "If we just throw up our hands and say this is going to be tough to do or some people aren't going to follow the law, then we... become complicit in the deaths of our fellow Americans."https://t.co/gwO61oFLKL pic.twitter.com/WC51fr6xBR— New Day (@NewDay) October 16, 2019
Camerota pressed O'Rourke, saying, "You would expect mass shooters to follow the law?"
She added, "By definition mass shooters in Parkland, in El Paso, I could go on for 10 minutes — they don't follow the law."
The former Texas representative stood his ground, saying many proposed gun reform strategies would have prevented some of the shootings in the past.
Breitbart also said:
During an October 16, 2019, CNN interview, Democrat presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke suggested that mass shooters will hand over their AR-15s under his forced buyback plan.
O’Rourke went through his normal claims that he believes Americans will comply with the buybacks by handing over their AR-15s and similar commonly owned semiautomatic rifles.
Host Alisyn Camerota asked O’Rourke, “You expect mass shooters to follow the law?”
O’Rourke responded, “Our fellow Americans will follow the law, yes.”
Camerota countered, “Mass shooters … don’t follow the law — by definition.” She added, “It doesn’t make sense that people are going to hand over their ‘assault weapons’ if they’re mass shooters. If they want to do harm to people, they’re not going to follow the law.”
Townhall gave some more insight:
t's easy for conservatives to launch attacks on CNN. After all, they spend the majority of their time pushing their liberal, anti-Trump narrative. But Alisyn Camerota deserves praise for pushing 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on his gun confiscation scheme. He had previously said he expected gun owners to hand over their "weapons of war" (or what the rest of us normal folks refer to as AR-15s). O'Rourke had the stupid idea that people would willingly hand over their firearms because, you know, gun owners are law-abiding.
Camerota pointed out the absurdity in O'Rourke's views and reminded him that mass shooters don't follow the law, so his desire to ban "assault weapons" is useless.
"I expect my follow Americans to follow the law," Beto told the CNN host.
"You expect mass shooters to follow the law?" she asked, clearly puzzled.
It was obvious he was caught off guard by the question.
"Our fellow Americans will follow the law, yes," he replied.
"Congressman, mass shooters, by definition, don't follow the law," Camerota explained. "The mass shooters in Parkland, in El Paso – I could go on for 10 minutes – they don't follow the law, by definition."
Beto attempted to explain how "courageous" it is to pass gun control measures but failed to get to the root of the issue: criminals.