Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke Shoots Himself in the Foot

By Larry Keane

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Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke made a political turnabout for the history books and likely shot himself in the foot among his key constituency. IMG iStock-884200682

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke made a political turnabout for the history books and likely shot himself in the foot among his key constituency.

The former failed 2018 Texas Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and 2020 presidential candidate bolstered his gun control celebrity status with his infamous “Hell Yes!” debate response. He’s figuring out that’s not a good thing in Texas and recently changed his tune.

O’Rourke claims to want to defend the Second Amendment and isn’t interested in taking anyone’s gun. Just days after that, The Reload reported he didn’t abandon his original ideas on confiscation, but is focusing on “common ground” if he were to be elected Texas governor.

Dramatic Turnaround

O’Rourke, a former Democratic Congressman, built up a fandom among national gun control groups for his rabid support for gun control. He used that support base to mount a U.S. Senate campaign challenge against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018 and came up short.

Just a few months later he launched a presidential campaign piggybacking off his national support from gun control groups. On the debate stage he was asked if he supported a mandatory gun confiscation scheme.

“I am if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield,” O’Rourke shot back. “Hell yes! We’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

He was forced to drop out soon after and his campaign lasted less than eight months. President Joe Biden told him he’d be needed to solve the “gun problem” and just four months ago O’Rourke again doubled down on his previous pledge as he launched his gubernatorial bid, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I still hold that view.”

Now, he’s challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. His tune on firearms has changed faster than a Texas prairie fire spreading in a tail wind.

Asked recently by Texas media less than two weeks ago if he still held his views on firearms, O’Rourke remarked, “I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone. What I want to make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment.”

What’s Changed?

O’Rourke’s firearm flip-flop is one for the ages. He attempted to frame his comments as that he wanted to “listen to law enforcement,” and criticized Gov. Abbott for signing into law Texas’s new permitless carry bill last year. That bill won the backing of the state’s legislature through the support of voters and Texas joined 20 other states that have Constitutional carry.

Notably, gun ownership has surged in the past two years. Over 21 million Americans submitted a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification to purchase a firearm in 2020. That number was 18.5 million last year. All told, almost 14 million of those buyers were purchasing their first-ever firearm. What’s more? An average of 35 percent of those buyers were women and huge numbers of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans bought firearms as well.

To even have a shot at the Governor’s Mansion, O’Rourke has read the Texas tea leaves and made a calculated call. Above and beyond Texans’ existing strong heritage and tradition of supporting the Second Amendment, those national trends reverberated throughout The Lone Star State too. FBI data shows nearly 2 million Texans submitted a NICS check to purchase a firearm in 2021. The year before it was even higher at more than 2.3 million. In Texas, applications for first-time pistol permits peaked in 2020 at 316,000 after averaging closer to 165,000 per year between 2017-2019.

Eagle Gun Range owner David Prince, who operates ranges in Lewisville and Farmers Branch, told local media he wasn’t surprised by the surge in new business or by the changing demographics of who was buying their firearms.

“The difference in demographics has been staggering,” Prince said. “We have increased the fold of Second Amendment supporters.”

Prince added that safety and security concerns drove the majority of firearm sales.

“People were now not just afraid for their food source, they were afraid for their personal safety,” Prince said.

Pricey Flip Flop

O’Rourke recognized he had no shot at the governor as long as he continued to hold his gun control views. Not in Texas. Flip-flopping in such a conspicuous way likely hurt him more than helped. Strong Second Amendment voters still aren’t going to cast their ballot for him and gun control advocates who saw a hero now see a turncoat. Very early polling doesn’t bode well.

A recent poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Politics Project released Monday show Gov. Greg Abbott maintaining a 10-point lead over O’Rourke.

No Democrat has won statewide in the Lone Star State in almost 30 years. That’s a steep hill to climb without the self-imposed wound from his gun control turnaround.


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Doug G.

I hope no one is stupid enough to think that he really flipped sides. It’s pure pandering is all. He couldn’t get elected with espousing one stance, so he changed his rhetoric, not his opinions, which he feels so righteous about that he would make such a claim as coming for your firearms in the first place. Democrats and RINO’s and really most other politicians, think too highly of themselves to have a wrong opinion or idea. It’s just that they couldn’t sell it to the electorate. So they simply don’t talk about it or they say what will get… Read more »

Doug G.

Excuse me, but how does the government know that one is a first time or one hundredth time buyer if they are prohibited from keeping records on individual buyers? They are just guessing at the numbers for firearms vs CCW permit applications when looking at total NICS requests.
All these numbers, besides the total, are guesses, based on what, I wonder.

Wild Bill

That is a very good point! Gathering information and making guesses based on that information is Intel work.

Considerthis

Yer Darn Tootin’ it’s a good point ! Many years ago I was going over my collection for insurance purposes and I discovered the sales receipt for one of my pistols had a different serial number than the actual weapon. I went to my local sheriff’s office and asked what they had on record of the serial number for insurance purposes. The deputy stayed gone about 10 minutes and returned to tell me the sales receipt had the wrong number and that the serial number on the weapon was what was on file. This was at least 2 years after… Read more »

GomeznSA

Folks – don’t forget that bobby frank, if he ever got into any position of authority – would not lower himself to actually do any of the dirty work, that is what compliant and/or complicit minions are for. Witness what is currently going on in the great white north – the minions are doing what fake money is too cowardly to do himself.

CourageousLion

He is a liar. Give him half a chance and the little twit of a psychopathic control freak will sick law enforcement no the average Joe to steal his property. He needs to get a job as a dog catcher. Or as a ice pick testing subject. He can use his face.

RetMCCC

Regardless of the issue, when a politician is blatantly sleazy and deceptive like this O’Rourke guy, you should not vote for him! He is clearly signalling that he will be totally undependable as a legislator. His behavior and actions signal loud and clear, you cannot not trust me! While his expressed positions on values and policies may align with yours this month, it is very likely that that will change in a month or two. Texans, please be very vigilant about the large numbers of folks who are moving into your state to get away from the various democrat-run crap… Read more »

Grim

He’s a wannabe politician. Reminds me of the governor in the “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.

Tank

Still trying to figure out how this POS even gets to steal our attention & get replies as if he’s relevant. The system is rigged & people are put into place like a Stacked Deck of acres or Loaded Dice.

Wild Bill

Beto married into a wealthy, liberal, politically active family.

Boz

Tell him to aim for his head next time.

Wild Bill

Speaking of democrats, another Jeffery Epstein accomplice has been found hanged in his jail cell:

Jean-Luc Brunel, the French modeling agent accused of procuring underage women for Jeffrey Epstein, was found hanged in his jail cell—in a shocking replay of how Epstein himself died.”

willyd

I wonder who supplied the rope??????

Happy Everafter

Poster child for jackass-ness…

Rock

NO WAY BETO, you are the poster child for the completely useless socialist being. With luck one of your beloved border jumpers will remove you from the equation.

Cruiser

Just another dip-shit who won a popularity contest. “All hat and no cattle.”
People, think about who and what you’re voting for.

Last edited 3 months ago by Cruiser
swmft

bozo needs to be run over by campaign bus

Wild Bill

Yes, a little forward, a little backward, a little forward, again … accidentally, of course.

willyd

Make sure it’s done right!!!!!

Wild Bill

Yep, no video, no witnesses.

GomeznSA

WB – driver explaining to the investigating officer – ‘sorry sir, I was having a bit of trouble with getting the gears to properly engage’

JPM

Having lived in the area and having many good friends who live in El Paso, I have heard the stories about “Beto” and his family. He and his family are not liked by the majority of locals and politically are considered a joke. Even though he’s a Democrat, and Democrats overwhelmingly vote the party line, it’s still not enough for him to garner the support he needs in El Paso alone, which is overwhelmingly Democrat. Unfortunately, the rest of the state’s Democrats don’t know the facts regarding his and his family’s entire story and typically couldn’t care less. The truth… Read more »

Wild Bill

Sounds like a very standard democrat.

Laddyboy

Incorrect. This IS the standard of a DemoKKKrat!!!!!!!

Bill

Reminds me of Landslide Lyndon – CORRUPT!

GomeznSA

Those of us who grew up in Texas and actually took real Texas history in 7th grade (before certain events in Big D) know that ell bee jay would have remained an obscure dirt poor liar er um lawyer if he hadn’t married well above his station.

Chris C.

O’Rourke is a lying Democrat ! Your can’t believe anything that they say because if their politic agendas that their feeding the people don’t work like being very aggressive on gun controll they’ll change it so they’ll get votes ! Just look at O’Rourke, he said and I quote, “Hell Yes We’re Coming For Your AR15’s and AK47’s and Any Other Assault Weapon If You Own One”, “No One Should Have A Weapon Of War That Was Designed To Destroy A Persons Body So That They’ll Bleed Out On The Battle Field” ! Well that didn’t go over with the… Read more »

JFCrosby

Bozo needs to get a job and establish a career. Oh wait, he has a career. He is a professional buffoon.

Montana454Casull

Robert Francis ” Beto ” O’Rourke just showed his true colors . CHAMELION !

ras52

Beto, another lying democrat! Col. West for Governor!

Henry Bowman

Leftists lie. Period, full stop. When Beto the pendejo says he’s pro-2A, you know he’s lying because he keeps returning to his anti-gun default position! D-rats are the party of gun control, and RINOs too!

JFCrosby

Full stop????

Wild Bill

My understanding of the Mexican Spanish word Penejo is clownish, foolish, silly, not to be taken seriously. So I think they are saying Beto goes full fool. I could be wrong.

totbs

To my knowledge, the street meaning of pendejo is “asshole”. Beto went full asshole? Ya mon!

Mike11C

Not quite but close. I grew up in McAllen, just 10 miles north of the border. “Pendejo” means dumb ass. “Culo” means ass and, “culero” means asshole.

Rip

Fellow Texans. You hit the nail on the head. Pendejo means dumb-ass or stupid. Both apply in Beto’s case.

Last edited 3 months ago by Rip
Henry Bowman

As in “Do not pass Go, do not collect $200”. ‘Nuff said!

DDS

“Pendejo
While pendejo literally means ‘pubic hair’, it is rarely if ever used in such a way. Rather, it is mainly used as a stronger form of ‘idiot’. You’re sure to hear this one shouted from car windows during rush hour. An equally great swearword is culero, which rather more literally means ‘arsehole’.
Ex.: ‘Eres tan pendejo.’ = ‘You’re such an arsehole.’ “

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/all-the-mexican-slang-terms-you-need-to-know/

Last edited 3 months ago by DDS
StreetSweeper

He’s lying.

musicman44mag

I can hear the left now. Oh no, buttguy was caught up in the moment and he realizes its important to support the second amendment and that the AR15 or AK is not a weapon of war because weapons of war are fully automatic. Like everyone, he is fully capable of growing and making change when it becomes obvious that change is needed, and he fully supports the constitution and the rule of law. Yes, that’s right, vote for me and then after I am elected, I will say I only said those things to get elected and there isn’t… Read more »

CourageousLion

So was a musket a weapon of war? Was an M1Garand? Weapons of war are weapons used in war. So far we haven’t had one that AR15’s are used in, so I guess they aren’t weapons of war. If they keep it up, they will become weapons of war.

DDS

The history of humanity has been the history of war. Millions of years of it. In all that time there may well have been some weapons that were not used in war, but right off the top of my head I can’t think of any. So essentially what I’m saying is that if something can be classed as a weapon, it is probably a weapon of war. But the founders, after considerable debate, shortened the class down to one word: “arms”. As in, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the… Read more »

uncle dudley

Anyone who can’t change a flat tire doesn’t need to hold any elected office.

musicman44mag

Your right and when I am under a car and I tell my wife I need a 3/8 drive ratchet, 8 inch extension and a six point 9/16 socket with a swivel, I get what I asked for. It’s like my favorite line by Ross Perot. Let’s raise up the hood and fix it. Not raise up the hood, look at it and say which part is the motor.

Wild Bill

If H. Ross Perot had been elected, America would not be in this fix.

CourageousLion

Don’t you have to have really expensive equipment to change a flat tire? To remove it from a rim and replace it with one that isn’t flat?

Finnky

No matter what anyone’s position on guns is, it is tough to trust anyone who can so casually throw away passionate core beliefs. He has proven himself a one dimensional character unworthy of support by anyone. He will say or do anything to anyone if it suits him. Utterly lacking honor and integrity. On the good side, he convinced me to carefully examine 2A positions of Republicans before voting in the primary. At this point it would take a miracle for me to vote for a democrat – even one who entirely rejected their party platform and claimed to support… Read more »

Wild Bill

Wow, well said!