“Hell, Yes, I’m Going to Take Your AR-15!” Extreme Positions Steal Spotlight in Dem Debate

AR-15 Beto O'Rourke speech dem debate gunWhile the post-debate buzz focused on former HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s aggressive attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden, the lingering impact on the electorate from Thursday night’s debate is likely to be policy, not personal politics.

From mandatory gun confiscation to freeing criminals from prison to ending all private health insurance, Democrats doubled-down on progressive — perhaps even extreme — policy positions that would have been viewed as beyond the political pale just two years ago.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke used the recent mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso to make an unapologetic call for gun confiscation, answering the question with a “Hell, yes!”

“Some on this stage have suggested a voluntary buy-back for guns in this country. You’ve gone further,” ABC’s David Muir said to O’Rourke. “You’ve said, quote, ‘Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell them to the government, all of them.’ You know that critics call this confiscation. Are you proposing taking away their guns?”

“I am, if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield,” O’Rourke answered. “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

Sen. Cory Booker also supports gun confiscation, along with mandatory federal licenses for anyone who wants to buy a gun. “I was the first person to come out for gun licensing. And I’m happy that people like Beto O’Rourke are showing such courage now and coming forward and also now supporting licensing.

“Nobody has ascended to the White House that will bring more personal passion on this issue. I will…bring a fight to the NRA and the corporate gun lobby like they have never seen before,” Booker said.

Even Joe Biden, who has been careful to maintain a more moderate line, endorsed gun buyback programs.

“Over 90 percent of the American people think we have to get assault weapons off the street — period. And we have to get buy-backs and get them out of their [gun owner’s] basements,” Biden said.

Polls consistently show most Americans oppose gun confiscation, but if any Democrats on the stage felt the same, they kept it to themselves.

There was a similar dynamic on criminal justice reform and reducing prison populations, exemplified by Biden’s statement that “nobody should be in jail for a non-violent crime.”  Releasing all non-violent offenders would mean letting Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort out of prison.

“We’re in a situation now where there are so many people who are in jail and shouldn’t be in jail,” Biden said. “The model has to change. Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime.”

This may sound extreme, but it fits with the criminal justice reforms proposed by many of his competitors. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has called America’s criminal justice system “racist from front to back,” wants more criminals released from prison early. Her fellow progressive Bernie Sanders has spent a career fighting against tough-on-crime legislation, and he supports ending the death penalty and giving incarcerated felons the right to vote.

And Sen. Booker has proposed the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act that would hand out money to states for reducing their incarceration rates by 7 percent over a three-year period, but without increasing their crime rates by more than 3 percent. Offering to spend tax dollars for a policy that legislators acknowledge is likely to increase crime puts Democrats like Booker out on the edge of the criminal justice debate.

The one issue where progressive policy inspired some pushback on the debate stage was healthcare.  Sens. Sanders and Warren support a single-payer Medicare For All system without apology or moderation, despite the estimated $3 trillion a year pricetag. When Biden called him out on it, Sanders responded:

“Joe said that Medicare for All would cost over $30 trillion. But the status quo over 10 years will be $50 trillion,” Sanders claimed. “Every study done shows that Medicare for All is the most cost-effective approach to providing health care to every man, woman, and child in this country. I, who wrote the damn bill, if I may say so, intend to eliminate all out-of-pocket expenses, all deductibles, all co-payments.”

To which Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar responded: “While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill. And on page eight of the bill, it says that we will no longer have private insurance as we know it. And that means that 149 million Americans will no longer be able to have their current insurance.

“That’s in four years. I don’t think that’s a bold idea, I think it’s a bad idea,” Klobuchar said.

The ten Democrats were divided on how far to go with Medicare For All, but they were all in agreement on spending billions–or trillions–more on healthcare.

They were also united in their constant criticism of President Trump, but even there they risked alienating moderate voters with their extreme attacks.  O’Rourke blamed President Trump for the mass shooting in El Paso, for example, while Sen. Kamala Harris said that “obviously, he didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition.”

And Mayor Pete Buttigieg went so far as to accuse all of Trump’s supporters of embracing racism.

When moderator Jorge Ramos asked, “Do you think that people who support President Trump and his immigration policies are racist?”

“Anyone who supports this is supporting racism,” Buttigieg answered.

Reprinted with permission from - Inside Sources - by Michael Graham

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Dan Edwards
3 years ago

when did it become a requirement to have an IQ below zero to be a politician?

3 years ago

Ban on “Assault” weapons…
Politicians, talking heads and the mainstream media don’t know diddly squat about ordnance!
Stop calling them “Assault” weapons! The truth about assault weapons is that there is no such SPECIFIC thing and assault rifles are already banned and long ago. “Assault weapon”, a political term…“ Prior to 1989, the term “assault weapon” did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term, developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of “assault rifles.” So-called assault weapons are semi-automatic firearms (not military weapons)—the guns most commonly used by millions of law-abiding Americans. Banning firearms because of their cosmetic features is misguided. A kitchen fork in the hand of a person, bent on assaulting others, is an assault weapon by definition and has nothing to do with guns! Democrats always blame guns instead of their policies.

Peter Sarjeant
3 years ago

Ignorance is a CURSE, and a lack of COMMON SENSE is TEN TIMES WORSE – Who do they think they are? That is what you get when you have a Republican Party that just goes along with the tide. I wonder what our Founding Fathers would say if they knew? God help us.
the GREATEST Country the world has ever seen which was founded by Geniuses, and now run by Educated Morons.
Thank God for President Trump.

3 years ago

Really Beto? Stepped back a little on his confiscation of guns. No door to door confiscations, just voluntarily turn them in. Knows law abiding citizens would comply. I do not think those gang ruled neighborhoods will comply and turn their guns in! Whose going to go into those neighborhoods and get those weapons? Are you going to Beto? Until the criminals so longer have weapons, law abiding folks will keep theirs.

3 years ago

MOLON LABE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 years ago

It’s no surprise that these people who live with rose-colored glasses think that the World is a safe place despite the prevalence of fraud, and misrepresentation that exist on the 24/7 around ALL of us and by now we know this is a universal attraction not just here in the USA. They enjoy a false sense of security in their castles in the clouds and no amount of tragedy can persuade them that they are putting the cart before the horse. Since violence is such a momentary release it’s quick to become swept under the carpet or embellished as in cases of domestic violence or even sometimes in the community.. People don’t identify – taking two steps backward _ for example by such phenomena as “hit-and-run” drivers.. Anyone can “snap”, anyone can “black out” when things get difficult and impossible and avail themselves of the momentary subterfuge “Evil necessity”.. Unfortunately conditions allow that this “exceptionalism” is practically the “norm” with the price tag of “just don’t get caught”.. In other words fraud has become the prevailing norm and should be a virtual expectation.. That being the rule of the road I would think gun possession legal possession should also be a norm for safety sake particularly using Beto’s and Booker’s militant presupposition: If anything TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION MIGHT SAVE LIVES. Well, maybe it would be wiser to “err” a little the other way and get that permit. Secure that firearm if it gives you peace of mind because that’s where we allow ourselves the luxury of careful thought and wise choices.. NOT in a panic NOT in “road rage” or “hit-and-run”.. situations we shouldn’t have to let things that far out of control..

3 years ago
Reply to  Peter

Look at Robert Francis O’Rourke criminal record, breaking and entering at a university, charges dropped because father a judge, says it was just a mistake, dwi just a mistake, family money fraud from business of furniture store owned by grandmother and run by his mother. He wasn’t involved as worked there, that was a mistake he says. Father removed from the bench for his actions. Not Mexican, but 4th generation Irish in America. Look up the man himself, in 2016,it was said he was not fit for public office. Look at gun control laws in Chicago, more control than anywhere and more shootings than most places every weekend.

3 years ago

I am so tired of hearing these politicians decide who’s racist and who isn’t. When it comes up in conversation, you might as well imagine it as the 10′ wall that no one can scale. End of conversation. As long as Washington elites think they can define people’s abilities or shortcomings or aspirations according to their race, this country will never get beyond classification by skin color. It is they who are the racists, content to compartmentalize human beings in order prop up their ideology. It gives them something to talk about, so they won’t have to address more serious issues faced by the nation as a whole. The rest of us just want to get on with our day-to-day.

On the issue of guns, I stand firmly in favor of the second amendment. A progressive relative out west supports Beto, but I have to wonder about the turmoil in her brain when she wrestles with his anti-gun platform and her own legal ownership of a weapon.

3 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Right. Racism is an irrelevant juggernaut, time bomb and boobie trap.. the “no-man’s-land”, jail bait, or scapegoating device. Why go there? Discussions would go no where besides shouting matches and beat downs. I’ve understood these people merely acknowledge it as a declaration of war and an invitation to go to blows.. As far as reparations and Blacks go I’m a PAID IN FULL type person and refuse to involve myself in that Ponzi scheme extortion racket. NO RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT GUARANTEED..

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