Presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has made his stance on gun control in the US just about the only policy worth talking about in his campaign. So it should it come as no surprise that his campaign stop in Aurora, Colorado comprised of a speech that focused on his would-be efforts on the topic.
What may be surprising was the crowd’s reaction, particularly in a place where mass shootings have occurred in the past.
In 2012, a mass murderer opened fire at a local theater killing 12 people. And Columbine, a town not far from there, was known world-wide for the tragic school shooting at their high school in 1999. Naturally, both communities mourned and sought out ways to prevent such an attack from happening again.
Beto, similarly considers himself to be a victim of such a tragedy, as his hometown of El Paso, Texas recently experienced an attack killing several citizens at a Walmart. It is why he has become such an advocate of gun control.
He, like any self-respecting man, doesn’t want to see his community in pain. It is likely that he has personally driven the streets around that Walmart and knows a few of those who were personally affected. He, therefore, wanted to take action.
Beto and these Colorado communities find themselves in similar positions. Both want to protect their citizens and hometown from further pain. However, unlike Beto, these areas didn’t run to the conclusion that guns were the real problem.
And the people in Aurora on Thursday made sure to let Beto know just how big of a problem his stance is.
Among those in the crowd was Evan Todd, the very first victim of the Columbine shooting. Todd asked the former congressman, “While I understand that you want a mandatory buyback for ARs and AK-47s, none of my classmates were murdered with those weapons.” And he continued saying, “Fifty percent of mass murders don’t happen with those weapons. Don’t you think it’s time we get rid of all semi-auto firearms?”
However, rather than actually answering the question, O’Rourke said he would be interested in taking Todd’s advice and insisted the ban would only include guns that were “designed to kill people.”
The question, unbeknownst to Beto, was a test. And one that he miserably failed. Unlike many would assume, Todd is a strong advocate for gun rights and the Second Amendment.
Todd said on social media, “I wanted a clear answer from Beto of where he draws the line, but never got one. To answer my own question on if we should ban guns, the answer is: HELL NO! As far as my stance on guns? The Second Amendment supports me.”
And he isn’t alone in that thought.
Lauren Boebert, also in the Aurora crowd, wanted Beto to know why banning guns was not a real solution.
She said, “I have four children, I am 5-foot-0, 100 pounds, cannot really defend myself with a fist…” And she continued,” I want to know how you’re going to legislate that because a criminal by (definition) breaks the law, so all you’re going to do is restrict law-abiding citizens like myself.”
It’s a point that has made hundreds of times before and one that Beto doesn’t seem to understand or be willing to listen to.
Taking America’s guns won’t solve anything. As Boebert says, nothing will stop the “evil in a man’s heart.” If someone wants to commit murder, they will find a way to do it with or without a gun on hand.
Even those who aren’t intent on murder find ways to get their hands on guns illegally. Do you think every bank or liquor store robber legally owns the weapon they use as a threat? Think again. They have an intention to commit a crime and so getting access to the tools to successfully act out that illegal intent happens without regard for the law.
It only makes sense. Why care for one law and not others?
Laws that forbid citizens from having guns only affect those who actually care about the law and respect it. Those such as Boebert, who might not otherwise be able to defend themselves or their families under threat, are left utterly at their attackers’ mercy.
If Beto thinks he is doing America a favor, he is even more of a fool than we thought. Boebert speaks for us all by saying, “Hell, no, you’re not,” going to take our guns.