Beto: Wait! I’ve Changed My Mind on Guns! [VIDEO]

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Robert Francis O’Rourke’s presidential campaign has gotten off to a less-than-rousing start. But when you don’t really believe in anything except continuing to fail upwards, it’s easy to change your mind overnight.

Democratic 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke changed his position on whether gun licensing is a good idea overnight.

The former Texas congressman told reporters at a Salem, N.H., campaign stop Thursday night that he thought Democratic rival Sen. Cory Booker’s plan to create a federal gun licensing program “might be too far.” The next morning, he told Manchester, N.H., television station WMUR in an interview that “we should explore that idea.”

O’Rourke explained his overnight change in position on gun licensing to reporters at a campaign stop in New London, N.H.

“As I’ve thought about it, I really think we should be looking at everything,” O’Rourke said. “If it is not politically feasible today, that should not disqualify it from consideration. And so you ask between last night and today — just some time, some reflection, and a desire to better understand his proposal and to see how we can work together to save the lives of the people we care about in this country.”

– Emily Larsen in Overnight conversion: Beto O’Rourke changes view on gun licensing after sleeping on it


  1. avatar dave in Houston says:

    what a jackass….he couldn’t lead a parched horse to water. go away you pest!

    1. avatar D.T.O.M. says:

      Isn’t that convenient, just as he’s running for president and just as his poll numbers continue to nose dive?

      I’m sure it’s coincidental he’s now sprinting left to keep up with the radicals in his party.

      In this case, it’s to bad the Earth isn’t flat, they might just run out of real estate.

    2. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

      What? Dancing on tables isn’t working anymore?

    3. avatar Cornelius says:


      ………………..,/¯../ Here ya go Beto!
      ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
      ……….\ ……………./

    4. avatar doesky2 says:

      I just love how they all keep tacking to the left.
      The winner of the DNC primary is going to king of the scorched earth.
      Plenty of video being captured by the RNC for playback in the general.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        I would not survive having that job, I’d spend a few weeks laughing so hard I didn’t have time to eat, and I’d starve to death. Hell, it’s already fun calling up clips from years ago, and they are doubling down every day, now.

  2. avatar Carl B. says:

    Beta O’Male having a hard time hanging on to the ‘Rat clown car.

    1. avatar George Washington says:


      1. avatar Jonndoe says:

        AGREED…So maybe we can get off our ass and vote to keep these ass clowns from being elected In the first place.

        1. avatar Dude says:

          Yep. Being so morally superior that you feel the need to vote for a third party candidate or stay at home won’t do the trick.

  3. avatar Waywatcher says:

    In other words:
    Self-hating white man realized he still needs other white males as a voting constituency.

    1. avatar David says:

      this white man will never vote for O’Rourke

  4. avatar Ark says:

    “Check back in another few weeks after my campaign consultants have had a chance to review the polling data and tell me what to say.”

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:


  5. avatar barnbwt says:

    Unbuttoned shirt to look like fellow-communist traveler/Mexican folk hero Cesar Chavez

    1. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

      And comparing himself to a young Kennedy. “Look I’m cool, like Jack and Bobby”.

      1. avatar PeterC says:

        Cool? They’re room temperature.

  6. avatar Rusty Williams says:

    Lying out of both sides of his mouth. Just like all politicians, will say anything to get elected! All I want to hear is “I’m dropping out of the race”….

    1. avatar barnbwt says:

      “We wuz robbed!” would also be acceptable

      1. avatar D.T.O.M. says:

        Actually, what you really want to hear, and I know this goes doubly for barnbwt, is President Donald J. Trump reelected in 2020 to a second term.

        1. avatar barnbwt says:

          I’d rather hear Trump say “I very nearly lost it, and it’s all because I went soft on gun issues. I will never go wrong on you guys again, not even if the NRA does. Starting monday, I will be demanding Senate Republicans put both Democrats and their own membership on record regarding gun rights issues, and see if we can make progress for you guys from there.”

          He won’t, but it’s nice to dream.

        2. avatar enuf says:

          “Beto” O’Rourke is entirely besides the point. A meaningless also ran who hasn’t figured out yet that he already lost.

          Biden is the early front runner but that sort of thing is no assurance of a win in the end. Besides, he has a lot of flipping and flopping in his history. No need to look up dirt,invent dirt or spin the truth into a useful lie. Just use the actual public record. That includes support of Border Security and a sea to sea fence, among other actions that are today seen by his side as transgressions.

          But that’s not the real problem for American voters. The real problem is this insane drive of our two major political parties to foist a utopian vision that is strongly one sided. Both parties do it, though they never admit it or call it that.

          Nothing in our politics worries me more than one party having a solid majority from the House of Representatives, thru the Senate and up to the Presidency. Add in a firm ideological vote count among the Supreme Court justices and life gets very ugly. With one party control in an era where utopian perfection guides the platform, that is a road to tyranny. A time when our system of checks and balances can be broken.

          Worries me more than a little some days.

        3. avatar Clark Kent says:

          ‘Soap box, ballot box, cartridge box’ – Abraham Lincoln.

        4. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

          @ Clark Kent

          Frederick Douglass…

  7. avatar Scott C says:

    This clown lost against Cruz because of his open border and gun control platforms and now he’s trying to back track hoping it’ll get him elected.

    1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      Folks, I think we have a new version of Jimmy Carter.

      1. avatar No one of consequence says:

        Not nearly as affable, I would say … having never met either of them, that’s just a guess, but Carter at least was a southern gentleman and embraced his heritage. Beto, to me, seems more ashamed of who he is and where he came from than anything else.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          had a few pops with billy in terre haute years back. my brain kept shifting between “pretty alright guy” to “your brother is the leader of the free world?”
          come to think of it, the tony hulman classic is comin’ up…

      2. avatar former water walker says:

        Anyone from ILLinois remember Gov. Dan Walker?!? Yeah he went to prison after leaving his 1 term. At least he didn’t eff up the whole world like the peanut puzzy. Beta is a clone of those putz boyz…

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          he walked the length of the state?

      3. avatar enuf says:

        Jimmy Carter was possibly the most decent, moral and ethical President we have ever had. Very admirable qualities for most men.

        A President needs to be someplace lower on those scales. Or like Carter, he rises to the height of ineffectiveness.

        On the other hand he did push for a lot of money to go into military weapons development. Which Ronald Reagan then funded the results of.

        1. avatar daveinwyo says:

          Jimmy Carter was/is pro palistinian anti Israel. Jimmy also wanted to scrap the Electoral college. He was a weak, self righteous beta male. Other than that, he was a great guy! Shoulda stuck to goober peas.

  8. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Beto (like many of the other current crop of candidates is little more than a weather vane. Don’t expect consistent, long term philosophically oriented answers no matter how good or bad they are.

  9. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    He probably discussed it with his fellow furries.

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      Furry bigot 😉

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        I prefer furryphobe.

  10. avatar sound awake says:

    this is the same guy that just recently said
    >im not kiddingits called welfare
    its tantamount to saying that america should have a retirement system for senior citizens that they pay into while theyre working and then sends them a monthly check when theyre retired
    to call him a dumbass would be an insult to dumbasses the world over

    1. avatar sound awake says:

      thats only somewhat close to what i actually typed in the comment window lets try that again

      this is the same guy that just recently said
      >im not kidding<
      that america should begin a system of wealth transfer from whites to blacks
      weve been doing that for 50 years now
      its called welfare
      its tantamount to saying that america should have a retirement system for senior citizens that they pay into while theyre working and then sends them a monthly check when theyre retired
      to call him a dumbass would be an insult to dumbasses the world over

  11. avatar Mr no says:

    There’s a reason the democratic party has a jackass for a national symbol. Just goes to show you

  12. avatar CalGunsMD says:

    “If it is not politically feasible *today*”…..

  13. avatar Huntmaster says:

    And therein you have an admission from a leading democrat never to be forgotten. ” “If it is not politically feasible today, that should not disqualify it from consideration.” It’s not about principles, it’s all about expediency.

  14. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    Like a fish out of water, flippidy-flop, flippidy-flop!! And this clown wants us to trust him as president? He can’t have a policy of his own, steals one from another candidate? He makes Alfred E. look like a genius!

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      i feel like a new man.

  15. avatar Kyle says:

    Biden’s at 41% last time I saw a poll.

    The other 21 candidates are just squawking trying to get anyone to care that they even exist.

    Hell 3 of the candidates’ primary qualification was that they couldn’t even get elected in their home state for lesser job.

    This isn’t even a clown show. Its a media trying to drive up viewship by telling us that there is actually IS a race.

    1. avatar barnbwt says:

      Same thing with Bernie, only they underestimated how stupid & easily led the primary voters were.

      I’ll rest happily knowing we’ll at least get to see a debate between Trump & Biden that ends with the two wrestling on live TV.

      1. avatar possum, destroyer of arachnids says:

        And bring the scissors because somebody’s getting a haircut

        1. avatar Moltar says:

          So that’s why WWE is hosting a presidential debate to be moderated by Brutus the Barber Beefcake.

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      The real issue there is that at this point the polls are all name recognition. Biden and Sanders have it and no one else does.

      Just look at Obama. He was at the back of the pack when he announced his candidacy in late 2007. HRC and Bill Richardson were considered the front runners. Everyone else had a ton more notoriety than the junior senator from Illinois. Dodd, Biden, Edwards, Gravel and Kucinich all were better known and had lengthy careers at that point. Obama got little attention and was basically an afterthought, if not a joke.

      Then he managed to raise about $20 million in campaign contributions and he becomes a front runner with HRC and Edwards, the previous “serious candidate” Gravel is basically forgotten.

      Then Obama links up with Oprah, but he’s still 19 points behind HRC who’s leading in all the polls with an average of 42% to Obama’s 23% to Edwards’ 16%.

      This turns into a horse race following an unexpected Obama win in Iowa, which all the polls said was unpossible.

      Anyway, we all know who wins. Suffice to say I wouldn’t count out any of these people at this point. If one gets a big injection of campaign funds, their name recognition can pop quickly thanks to the ability to put out ads that get their name out there.

  16. avatar ColoradoKid says:

    We already have a ‘gun licensing program’ in effect…it’s called the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    1. avatar possum, destroyer of arachnids says:

      Amen brother

  17. avatar RGP says:

    Beto is nothing to worry about. The trash that would vote for him IS something to worry about.

  18. avatar possum, destroyer of arachnids says:

    If words were feces politicians would need a scoop shovel and rubber boots.

    1. avatar Hush says:

      Don’t give them any boots or gloves!

  19. avatar Bubba5 says:

    Beta 0’Rourke what a pathetic fraud.

  20. avatar j says:

    Thanos snapped and his campaign blew away

  21. avatar 33Charlemagne says:

    Beato the Dork!

  22. avatar Hooda Thunkett says:

    I think we oughta look up his skanky arse a la Richard II.

  23. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

    As a TX I have not changed my mind…
    Shall not be infringed
    Shall not vote for any democrat… ever

  24. avatar AlanInFL says:

    He is still full of shit.

    1. avatar possum, destroyer of arachnids says:

      There’s 3 remedies for that. Exlax, ennama, or just stomping the sht out of them. Stomping is cheaper.

      1. avatar Ardent says:

        And so much more satisfying, not to mention effective!

  25. avatar David Walters says:

    Texas is absolutely NOT the state in which you might want to continue to be eligible for election to public office to be recommending licensing of guns. For that matter, it’s not a good place to advocate tearing down the border barriers to illegal immigrants.

    He’s looking to be elected again at some time in the future. But I think he’s toast for all his anti-Texan rhetoric.

    1. avatar Poggy says:

      He will move to another state and run for governor and wait to be called by the leadership to run against a democrat planted as a republican for a state senate and hope to become corrupt enough to seek the presidency around 2050, by then the communists will have complete control and he will no longer be an useful idiot and probably commit suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head with two different caliber pistol’s.

  26. avatar coagula says:

    So we went from second place getting a trophy to now being able to run for highest honors? He is so full of crap..

  27. avatar Witchwolf says:

    “the lives of the people we care about in this country.”

    I have to wonder, just who these lives are that he refers to.
    I’m quite certain that “it’s a big club, and I ain’t in it…….”

  28. avatar Poggy says:

    Was/is this guy an understudy for john kerry or barack obama?

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