Representative Ken Buck called out Biden and O'Rourke to take his AR-15, hung as decoration in his Washington, D.C. office.
Gun control has been one of the biggest debates in the lead-up to the 2020 Presidential elections. While the Democrats have been, as expected, big fans of pushing the envelope on gun legislation, there is still major pushback from those in the Republican Party. In the most recent show of pushback, Republican Congressman Ken Buck posted quite the threatening video to Twitter. Calling out former Vice President Joe Biden and former Representative Beto O'Rourke, the former a Democratic Presidential hopeful, Representative Buck dared the two to "come and take" his AR-15, CNN reports. An AR-15 is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle popularly used to conduct mass shootings in the United States.
In the video posted to Twitter, the Representative is seen standing next to an American flag-themed AR-15 hung on the wall of his office. The gun, reportedly, is currently inoperable. "I have a message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke," Buck states. "If you want to take everyone's AR-15s in America, why don't you swing by my office in Washington, DC, and start with this one?" He then proceeds to take the weapon off the wall. Gun in his arms, he dares, "Come and take it." The video was posted with the hashtag "2A" as a nod to the second amendment which gives every American the right to bear arms. Needless to say, he received more than a little backlash for his clip.
I have just one message for Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke, if you want to take everyone’s AR-15s, why don’t you swing by my office in Washington, D.C. and start with this one?— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) March 6, 2020
Come and take it. #2A pic.twitter.com/jG2SiXetov
Several people weighed in on the situation on the social media platform. CNN columnist Dean Obeidallah responded, "Where is Secret Service?! This is at least a suggested threat to kill Joe Biden. This man should have his weapons taken away under [the] 'red flag' law until he can make a showing to a judge that is not a threat." A Twitter user added, "Why is it the ones who are so fond of their guns are the ones who've never served in the armed forces in any capacity? Stop threatening people, Congressman, it's beneath the dignity of the office." Another pointedly asked, "Now, how much did he get from the NRA again...?"
Among the many individuals who responded to Representative Buck's threatening video was O'Rourke himself. "This guy makes the case for both an assault weapons ban and a mandatory buyback program better than I ever could," he stated. "These are weapons of war that have no place in our communities, in our politics, or in our public discourse." O'Rourke recently endorsed Biden for President, and prior to Super Tuesday, he was cited as someone who could help the Presidential helpful with the pertinent issue of gun control. "You're going to take care of the gun problem with me," Biden affirmed at a rally on Monday. "You're going to be the one who leads this effort."
Both O'Rourke and Biden have seen eye-to-eye on gun control ever since they began their Presidential campaigns. The former has been vocal about his buyback policy when he was still part of the running himself. He confirmed at a debate held in September last year, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." Meanwhile, Biden has always been pro-gun control. As mentioned on his website, "Joe Biden has taken on the National Rifle Association (NRA) on the national stage and won – twice." At present, he has a comprehensive plan in order to tackle gun ownership at several levels. However, he is yet to respond to the video. Nonetheless, at present, the real fight is between Biden and competitor Bernie Sanders. Let's hope the candidate who can beat Trump wins.
Bernie Sanders will get every suburban mom’s vote! Democrats, Independents and some Republicans all want every American child, woman and man to have Health Care.— Peter Lombard (@tutticontenti) March 3, 2020
Gun control too.
Don't arm teachers.
Schools are for dreams not active shooter drills.