Days before the Texas school shooting, Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke campaigned to remove AR-15s and other “weapons of war” from civilian life.


  • Days before the shooting in Texas, Beto O’Rourke led a fierce campaign against the use of AR-15 rifles.
  • O’Rourke said AR-15s and AK-47s are “weapons of war” that are “designed to kill humans”.
  • He also said those who currently own such firearms should not be allowed to keep them.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke campaigned against firearms like AR-15 rifles in the days leading up to the mass shooting at Uvalde schools, arguing that such “weapons of war” have no place in society.

O’Rourke spoke at two separate campaign events on May 21, just days before the May 24 shooting.

During the events, he reiterated his stance on weapons like the AR-15, which was used by the Uvalde shooter to kill 21 people, including 19 children, at Robb Elementary School.

“I think we are foolish to believe anything other than that these weapons of war will continue to be used with greater frequency against our fellow Americans,” O’Rourke said in an address to veterans at a town hall meeting in Abilene, Texas.

“That’s why I took the position that I don’t think we should have AR-15s and AK-47s in civilian life,” he said. “They belong to a battlefield.”

O’Rourke said the same while addressing a separate group of veterans in San Angelo the same day.

At this event, O’Rourke said he knew he had taken a politically unpopular stance against such weapons, but was going ahead anyway.

“My children are my conscience,” he said. “And I can win or lose this race, but I’m always going to have to face them and answer for what I did or didn’t do when I had the chance to do something.”

“And I just took the position that maybe not politically popular, or maybe too honest, that no one should be able to buy an AR-15 or an AK-47,” he said. . “Because they are designed to kill humans.”

O’Rourke then added that he did not think current owners of AR-15s should be allowed to keep them. He added that he hoped to find “consensus” on whether AR-15s should be legal or not.

O’Rourke has long argued that people should not be able to own AR-15s. He is known for saying he would confiscate AR-15s during a 2019 debate when he was running for president.

He also made headlines when he confronted Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference after the Uvalde shooting, accusing Abbott of “doing nothing” to stop the gun violence.

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