Poor Robert Francis O’Rourke. He can’t seem to win for losing lately. Despite the brief, but intense media flurry he generated by confidently proclaiming, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” all he did was sink further in the polls.
Beto O’Rourke is now bellow where he was in the polls before he made his gun confiscation comments at the last debate, according to the Real Clear Politics average. He was at 2.8 before the post-debate polls. He’s at 2.4 now. https://t.co/8RrgXgB7Rg
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 26, 2019
It seems that, as Eric Swalwell so clearly demonstrated, promising to confiscate Americans’ lawfully-owned firearms isn’t really a path to electoral success.
“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” O’Rourke said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, our public places.”
Still, “Beto” is a one-note singer on the campaign trail these days. And this week, he took his tune to Kent State University.
Somehow, though, he missed the inherent irony that venue presented for his civilian disarmament message.
Yesterday, people brought assault weapons to our rally at Kent State—where 4 students were shot dead in 1970.
I told them nobody should show up with an AK-47 or an AR-15 to seek to intimidate us in our own democracy.
We need to buy back every single one of them. pic.twitter.com/U7N5fWUlvv
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 26, 2019
Maybe Beto was too blotto when the history of Kent State was taught while he was in school.
It must have escaped Robert Francis that Kent State is where where four unarmed Vietnam War protesters were killed and nine more wounded when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on them almost 50 years ago. That is the venue O’Rourke chose to argue that Americans need to be disarmed and only the government should have “weapons of war.”
While the candidate is certainly old enough to know better, those cheering skulls full of mush around him in the video above should probably be excused. It’s difficult to fit in learning the history of their own university between required classes like The Problematic Gender Politics of Colonial American Cuisine and Intersectional Social Justice Feminist Theory in Pygmy Cultures.
Anyway, Beto’s Kent State blunder — along with stating loudly and clearly how fervently Democrats really do want to take Americans’ guns — will go down as one of the great self-owns of the 2020 campaign.