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Are gun buybacks a good idea, or is it a proposition that could hurt Democrats, and more broadly gun reform, in the future?
During the Democratic presidential candidate debate on Thursday night, Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman and candidate for Senate in 2018 from Texas, expressed his desire to create a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons.
O’Rourke described how bullets from such weaponry “[shreds] everything inside your body because it was designed to do that, so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield, not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.”
That imagery led to his new proposal on buybacks. “When we see that being used against children, hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he explained, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
Some have suggested that O’Rourke’s remarks may actually do more harm than good for the gun reform movement. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware), speaking to CNN reporter Poppy Harlow, said that he thought O’Rourke’s words would be used against those aiming to pass common-sense gun legislation.
“I frankly think that that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying, ‘Democrats are coming for your guns,'” Coons said, per reporting from KXLY.
We want to ask you, the HillReporter.com readers, what your thoughts are about this matter. Is Coons right, that we should not be discussing mandatory buybacks because it will hurt the gun reform cause overall? Or should buybacks be part of the conversation? Do you personally want to see buybacks of assault weapons happen?
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