Beto O’Rourke: ‘Only America Has More Guns Than Human Beings’

By Staff | August 23, 2019 | 10:55am EDT
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( - Beto O’Rourke sent out at Tweet on Thursday—linked to a commentary he had published in USA Today—in which he said that America has more guns than people and that the government should institute a “mandatory buyback” of what he described as “assault weapons.”

“All countries have video games. All countries struggle with mental health. All countries deal with hatred,” O’Rourke said in the Tweet. “But only America has more guns than human beings. To end this epidemic, we need a mandatory buyback of every assault weapon in our country.”

In his commentary in USA Today, O’Rourke elaborated on this point.

“But only America has more guns than human beings — 390 million firearms in a country of 329 million people — which kill nearly 40,000 people every year,” he wrote.

O’Rourke said:

“Some of the nurses, surgeons and doctors heroically treating victims at Del Sol and University Medical Center in El Paso told me they hadn’t seen such horrific wounds since they were deployed abroad in our armed forces, saving the lives of soldiers on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

“When the killer’s mother heard he had ordered an ‘AK’-type firearm, she wondered why her son, who was not enlisted in the military, needed a weapon like that. She was asking on behalf of herself, on behalf of her son, and on behalf of our country.

“That’s why, as president, I would institute a mandatory buyback of every assault weapon in America.”


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