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Buttigieg Spars With O’Rourke and Booker Over Gun Control

Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have emerged as the clear front runners in the race for the 2020 nomination. It is still imperative, though, for the fading candidates to stay in in the news cycle. One way to do that is by taking shots are the policies of the competitors.

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Of all the contenders, Pete Buttigieg stands as one of the most moderate candidates. The South Bend Mayor drew the ire of Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker after calling a mandatory gun buyback program “confiscation.”

Buttigieg made the comments while appearing on Snapchat’s Good Luck America. He said of O’Rourke’s comments on guns, “I get it. He needs to pick a fight in order to stay relevant.”

The South Bend Mayor came out in support of assault weapon bans, expanded background checks and red flag laws. He felt, however, that buyback programs were going to far and referred to them as “confiscation.”

O’Rourke responded by writing, “Pete can belittle the grassroots; he can call buybacks a ‘shiny object.’ He can say whatever he wants, but guns kill 40,000 people each year. Those people deserve action. I’ll be fighting for them.”

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker offer took umbrage with Buttigieg’s comments. The candidate wrote, “Calling buyback programs ‘confiscation’ is doing the NRA’s work for them, Pete Buttigieg—and they don’t need our help.”

The 3 men will have the opportunity to revisit the gun control issue live on stage Tuesday night. They will be among the 12 candidates who have qualified for the 4th Democratic debate.



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