Pro-Peace Beto Targets the AR-15, Then Launches an F-Bomb at an Audience Member

(Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Beto O’Rourke continues to show he’s not your grandparents’ political candidate.

While promoting himself for Texas governor at a town hall in Mineral Wells Wednesday, he swore at an audience member with the mother of all curse words.


Amid talk of Uvalde’s terrible mass shooting, a viral video captured the erstwhile famed parking lot skateboarder going to war with a favorite enemy: America’s best-selling hunting rifle.

He began by noting the horrible loss of life at Robb Elementary School. From there, he appeared to guarantee such a tragedy will never again occur once he wipes out one weapon that’s long, aluminum, easily-accessorized and spookily-shaped:

“I’m going to make sure that, now 11 weeks since we lost 19 kids and their two teachers — shot to death with a weapon originally designed for use in combat, legally purchased by an 18-year-old who did not try to obtain one when he was 16 or 17 but followed the law that’s on the books, ladies and gentleman, that says that you can buy not one, you can buy two or more if you want to, AR-15s, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and take that weapon that was originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet and knock him down dead, up against kids at five feet.”

Perhaps Beto, like many politicians, should adopt the campaign slogan “I know nothing about guns, and I refuse to change that.”

As you’re likely aware, all guns are, at their core, a simple thing: a tube enclosed on one end, with an explosion that forces a projectile out of the opening. Get in the way of the flying object, and it’ll be a very bad day.


Yet, Democrat politicians continue to address the AR-15 as if it’s cornered the market on lethality. It does, of course, possess traits not found in handguns: Being larger, it’s more resistant to felt recoil; being longer, it’s easier to accurately aim. It’s also better at farther distances: The platform uses a round similar in diameter to that of 1884’s .22 Long Rifle, but with more gun powder behind it. Therefore, the bullet travels at a higher velocity.

However, if someone were to point an old-school .45 ACP revolver toward you at close range — and you had even the most basic understanding of firearms — you wouldn’t likely sigh with relief that it wasn’t an AR.

And, of course, other rifles put much larger holes in targets. People generally don’t hunt large game with an AR-15. For that, you’d want something like this substantially less wicked-looking bringer of death:

Moreover, before June 12th of 2016, the worst mass shooting in America — with a death toll of 32 — had been solely carried out with two pistols: a 9mm Glock 19 and a Walther .22.

Yet, according to experts, the absence of ARs is our key to a non-violent utopia:


Evidently, many people even attach chainsaws (see the 36-second mark):

Back to Beto, he decried the AR’s lethality at a distance of five feet. But at that distance, every gun on the market can end a life.

Secondly, what he seemed to suggest isn’t true: The AR-15 — a civilian firearm — has never been issued by the U.S. military.

But what punctuated the town hall was O’Rourke’s response to something reported as a “laugh” in the crowd. To that, he replied, “It may be funny to you, mother****er, but it’s not funny to me.”

Will he get points for being so edgy as to inject extreme vulgarity into America’s political arena? He’s not the first Democrat to do so, but he looks to link less-than-statesmanlike language to being tough and in touch — hence, his previous comment that you can “f*** with [him] on politics” and his “Hell Yes, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15” T-shirt campaign.

Regardless, it might be a bit ironic that a man who’s spent so much time battling a gun in the name of peace appears civility-averse in the politisphere. After all, we’ve been informed that words are violence.


Even so, the guy has his gun-savvy supporters. And that’s not likely to change…



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