Following the summer’s rash of mass shootings, many different politicians discussed potential solutions to the country’s gun issues. Perhaps the most aggressive answer to the problem came from former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke. The Democratic presidential hopeful proposed a mandatory buyback program for owner’s of M-16’s and AR-15’s.
While most Democrats do agree that there needs to be a change in gun control laws, some felt O’Rourke’s policy went too far. One of those who disagreed with the measure was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. After Schumer publicly rejected O’Rourke’s idea, Beto hit back at the Democratic leader citing his inaction on gun control.
O’Rourke’s exact words on his gun policy were, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
When asked about the Democratic hopeful’s statement, Schumer responded, “I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke, but it’s no excuse not to go forward.”
When asked about Schumer’s criticisms, O’Rourke angrily responded, “Ask Chuck Schumer what he’s been able to get done. We still don’t have background checks. Didn’t have them when he was in the majority, either. So the game that he’s played, the politics that he’s pursued, have given us absolutely nothing, and have produced a situation where we lose nearly 40,000 of our fellow Americans every year.”
The idea of a mandatory buyback program is more popular than Schumer may think. According to a recent PBS poll, 45% of respondents were for a buyback program while 46% were against.