“Now if you own an AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely,” O’Rourke said Saturday, shortly after announcing his White House bid. “I just don’t think that we need to sell any more weapons of war into this public.”
Beto O'Rourke: "If you own an AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely. I just don't think that we need to sell anymore weapons of war into this public." pic.twitter.com/uqMA1jWOTf
— The Hill (@thehill) March 17, 2019
Some gun control advocates think are siding with Guttenberg entirely. They see no place in our society for weapons designed for one thing – mass, indiscriminate slaughter.
“This is deeply irresponsible of
@BetoORourke,” tweeted Igor Volsky, executive director at Guns Down. “*Nobody* needs an AR-15: not for hunting, not for sports shooting, not for anything. AR-15s are designed to kill as many people as efficiently as possible and they must be outlawed.”
?!??? This is deeply irresponsible of @BetoORourke
*Nobody* needs an AR-15:
not for hunting,
not for sports shooting,
not for anything.
AR-15s are designed to kill as many people as efficiently as possible and they must be outlawed. https://t.co/4I4T3HM2ID
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) March 18, 2019
Beto, which countries send soldiers into war armed with an AR-15?
Spoiler alert: None
The AR-15 was designed as a civilian variant of a military rifle. The AR-15 has never been a "weapon of war". Educate yourself. https://t.co/t19o0BVibE
— Brian Dresel (@DreselBrian) March 17, 2019
Hey folks, just a friendly reminder from Beto: continue to use your AR-15 responsibly and safely.
— Dave Denison (@DaveADenison) March 18, 2019
On the other hand, others focused more on O’Rourke’s call to end the manufacture and sales of AR-15s, as a matter of practicality.
And I totally agree w/ Beto O’Rourke! Why does a civilian need an AR-15?
— Derrick Walters (@dmwal0906) March 18, 2019
AR-15’s MUST GO AWAY TO THE AVERAGE PERSON!! Only MILITARY #BETO
— SASunshine (@jwkwcom) March 18, 2019
Hegseth’s comments are especially callous given the events of last week. On Friday, a white supremacist terrorist—and self-described admirer of President Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”—murdered 50 people an injured 31 more at two New Zealand mosques.
In response, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered an investigation into whether her government could have prevented the attack.
“The purpose of this inquiry is to look at what all relevant agencies knew — or could or should have known — about the individual and his activities, including his access to weapons,” Ardern said at a Monday press conference in Wellington.
Aldern also announced that her country will rewrite its gun laws within 10 days so that future violence can be averted.
“Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism, we will have announced reforms that I believe will have made our community safer,” she said.
On top of that, the Associated Press reported on Monday that New Zealand’s largest gun show has been canceled out of respect for the victims and their families, as well as “elevated security risks.”
It only took one shooting – the first in more than two decades thanks to strict gun control regulations – for New Zealand to act.