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WATCH: Fox News’ Pete Hegseth Says ‘Go Out and Get Your Second AR-15 Today, Maybe It’s a Good Day to Do So’

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Beto O'Rourke, Pete Hegseth, AR-15

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Fox News host Pete Hegseth urged viewers more AR-15s in response to Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke’s calls for comprehensive gun reform.

“Now 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 any more weapons of war into this public,” O’Rourke said in remarks that are not at all dissimilar to what he’s claimed since his race for Senate in 2018.

Hegseth commented after Fox News aired footage of O’Rourke’s comments during yesterday’s program.

“Such easy, loose rhetoric of the left,” Hegseth said. “If I own an AR-15, stocks of gun companies probably will go up after things like this. Responsible gun owners recognize their right to own rifles like that. You can use ‘weapons of war’ or ‘assault ban’ all you want.”

He added:

“This will appeal to his base: young people who are uninformed about the difference between an automatic and semiautomatic rifle. But go out and get your second AR-15 today. Maybe it’s a good reason to do so.”

Hegseth’s remarks came just days after 50 people were killed in a mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Critics seized on Hegseth’s comments, saying his rhetoric could inspire copycat shooters.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) that analyzed around 200 active shooting incidents in America, active shooters who use semi-automatic rifles will double their chances of wounding and killing victims, in comparison to another type of gun.

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