Beto now wants "common ground" on gun control

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Beto O’Rouke famously said during a Democratic presidential debate that yes, he was going to come for our AR-15s and AK-47s. He went far beyond what other candidates were saying, not that it seemed to help him in the primary.

He also made an ass of himself by trying to turn a briefing following Uvalde into a political stunt.

That was only a few weeks ago, mind you, but now Beto is trying something different. He’s saying we need to come together on gun control.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that Texas needs to find “common ground” on gun control by respecting the Second Amendment while also requiring safety measures on firearms.

O’Rourke, the 2022 Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, slammed current Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for what he described as “extreme” gun policies in the interview with KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, citing a Quinnipiac poll that found only 6 percent of Texans agree with Abbott’s policy of no background checks.

O’Rourke highlighted moderate gun control measures that both Republican and Democratic residents of his state can get behind, some of which appear in a bipartisan Senate plan considered this week in light of the Uvalde shooting.

“Universal background checks, red flag laws, safe storage laws — these are things that most Texans agree with,” O’Rourke said.

He added, “This is the agenda of Texas, not the Democratic Party, not the Republican Party, but the people of this great state.”

The problem is that if there’s common ground to be found, it won’t be with Gun Ban Beto at the steering wheel.

You see, let’s say that all those things are really things most Texans agree with. I dispute much of that being true, but for the sake of argument, let’s say that it is.

There’s a big distance between a mandatory storage law and banning the most popular rifle model in the United States, yet Beto said that’s exactly what he wants to do. He wants to ban AR-15s and take them away from people. He’s said as much before.

So why would anyone in their right mind look at these things and actually trust that Beto would stop there?

They won’t.

Instead, they’ll remember him standing on a stage, vowing to take guns away simply because they were too scary.

Further, while the polling might say Texans want all of that, what it doesn’t state is how badly they want it. Texas is pro-gun and has been for years. They might support safely storing guns, but not so much that they’ll vote for a guy they already voted against twice already for state office.

Beto can keep pushing gun control all he wants, but if common ground is to be found on the issue, it won’t be with someone who looks at such common ground as a good start.

The truth of the matter is that Beto needs to get out of politics, at least in Texas, because it’s quite clear he doesn’t have a clue about Texans.