One Texas sheriff has had enough of Democratic Party presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s anti-gun rhetoric, and made his stance known on Facebook last Saturday.
In a post on the Kinney County Sheriff’s official Facebook page, Sheriff Brad Coe vowed that he would openly defy any gun confiscation schemes under a hypothetical O’Rourke presidency.
“Recently ‘Beto’ O’Rourke made comments about a mandatory buy back for all AR-15 and AK-47 rifles and that those who refused would have them ‘confiscated’ by law enforcement,” the post reads.
“If this were ever to happen, the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office would NOT assist in any way with this type of federal or state mandate,” it continued. “As Sheriff of Kinney County, I would meet ATF and the FBI at the county line and deny them access to the county to violate the Second Amendment. For almost 40 years I have sworn to protect the Constitution ‘against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ I feel that this type of action would be an attack on the Constitution.”
O’Rourke, whose task as a presidential candidate now seems to be to shift the Overton Window left on gun rights, vowed to confiscate semi-automatic weapons if he were elected.
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s,” he said during a recent Democratic Party presidential debate.
O’Rourke is part of the far-left crowd that believes such weapons are evil. Fortunately for those of us who believe in the Constitution, including the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office, O’Rourke is lagging behind in the polls. Polling from Thursday has him at 1%, tied with a mix of non-contenders that includes Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and former Obama administration official Julián Castro.
O’Rourke recently compared President Donald J. Trump to Adolf Hitler and the United States government to the Third Reich, and went on an expletive-filled rant against the Trump administration, blaming Trump for an August mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke’s hometown.
“This is a make or break moment for the United States of America. And yet, this president, with that shit-eating smirk on his face, smiles and laughs as he threatens everything we care about—including the idea that no one is above the law,” O’Rourke said in a tweet, attaching video of an interview with The Washington Post.
Aside from weapons confiscation, O’Rourke has also pushed Red Flag Laws, a disastrous policy proposal that would remove weapons from the hands of law-abiding citizens without due process. Under such policies, which already exist in some states, friends or family members can report a a subject to the police as being potentially dangerous, and if a court signs off, that subject can have his or her weapons confiscated. O’Rourke has claimed – without evidence – that Red Flag Laws “save lives.”
As America’s polarization on the issue of gun rights persists, charlatans like O’Rourke will continue to make outlandish proposals in order to score cheap political points. It is important to have a counter-balance from sane Americans like those in the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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