"Gun Ban Beto" Announces Run For Texas Governor

thought I heard a faint sound coming from the west this morning as I was letting the chickens out of their coop. It sounded like a million voices rising up and yelling “Come and take it,” and now I know why. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is running to be the next governor of Texas, and he’s still vowing to ban and confiscate the legally-owned and lawfully purchased AR-15s in the hands of Texas gun owners.

I think most Texans will end up agreeing that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke shouldn’t be the next governor of the state of Texas, and one of the key factors will be his continued and outspoken desire to criminalize the right to keep and bear arms. Does anyone really believe that, even if it were constitutional to ban the possession of the most commonly-sold rifle in the country today, that it would put an end to mass murderers? The FBI’s crime statistics show that year after year more Americans are murdered by someone using their fists or feet than by a rifle of any kind, but O’Rourke is insistent that turning hundreds of thousands of legal Texas gun owners into felons for simply keeping their gun is not only a public safety imperative, but a winning political issue. In Texas.
Color me (and voters) skeptical.

In theory Abbott’s longevity could work against him in an environment where voters are deeply unhappy with the status quo, but the 2022 elections will also be a referendum on Democrats in D.C. and the Biden administration, and I have a feeling that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke isn’t going to be riding a blue wave next November. Then there’s the fact that, as the Texas Tribune points out, O’Rourke is already unpopular with Texas voters, who’ve had plenty of chances to get to know him better over the past few years, and O’Rourke’s decision to double down on his gun banning ways won’t do him any favors with an electorate that has bought an awful lot of them in the past 20 months or so.

Which is not to say that Texans concerned about their 2A rights should be complacent. O’Rourke came close enough to beating Ted Cruz in 2018, and Abbott’s popularity has declined enough that Democrats will likely focus a lot of time and energy on boosting Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s chances next year. Gun owners need to get engaged, become involved, and most of all VOTE next November to ensure that O’Rourke’s dreams of enacting gun confiscation don’t come to fruition.

Nov 26, 2021 10:30 AM ET