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Red flags when Biden vows to put Beto O’Rourke, who boasted gun confiscation, in charge of gun reform

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With the Democratic Party rallying behind Joe Biden in an effort to stave off socialist front-runner Bernie Sanders ahead of Super Tuesday, the former vice president was in Dallas and dusted off 2020 relic Beto O’Rourke to stir locals.

“Ladies and gentlemen, tomorrow, March 3, 2020, I will be casting my ballot for Joe Biden,” Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke announced at a campaign rally.

O’Rourke joined with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg in voicing support for Biden as voters in 14 states readied to cast their preference in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.

Whether Biden forgot he was in Texas or not may be a legitimate question, given that he’s stumbling into Tuesday a little dazed and confused. Either way, the candidate thought it was a good time to announce that if elected, he will put O’Rourke in charge of gun control in his administration.

“I want to make something clear, I’m gonna guarantee you, this is not the last you’re seeing of this guy,” Biden told the audience, slurring his words, as if trying to mimic a southern accent.

(If one didn’t know better, they might think he was trying to replicate a tactic his ex-boss, Barack Obama, employed on the stump.)

“You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me,” he told O’Rouke. “You’re going to be the one to lead this effort. I’m counting on you. I’m counting on you, we need you badly.”

The announcement is so alarming that GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest wasted no time sharing it online.

“Joe Biden promises Beto O’Rourke, who pushed for gun confiscation for legal gun owners, will ‘be the one who leads’ his gun control effort, Guest tweeted.

As noted, O’Rourke did indeed advocate for the confiscation of guns, at gun point if necessary, during his failed presidential run — which followed his failed U.S. Senate run.

“Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke promised in Sept. 2019, during a presidential debate hosted by ABC.

He proposed a mandatory buyback program that O’Rourke said may involve a “visit” by police to manually confiscate unlawful weapons from non-compliant gun owners.

During an appearance on MSNBC, he said: “In that case, I think that there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm and to make sure that it is purchased, bought back, so that it cannot be potentially used against somebody else.”

O’Rourke’s qualification to set national policy on gun ownership appears to be that his hometown of El Paso experienced a mass shooting in Aug. 2019, where 22 people were killed.

In trying to appeal to the more radical part of the Democratic Party base, Biden has become increasingly vocal about gun control, seeing this as an issue where he has an advantage over Sanders.

Biden warned gun manufacturers during a CNN town hall last month in Las Vegas he is “coming for you.”

I’m the only guy that has beaten the gun manufacturers — I’m the only guy that has beaten the NRA nationally, and I did it twice, nationally. And gun manufacturers, I’m coming for you. Period,” he said.

A tweet from his campaign read: “I promise you that if I am elected president, we will hold gun manufacturers accountable for the carnage they have caused.”

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story form Twitter:

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