Democratic candidates are lining up to endorse Joe Biden in an open effort to force the long-discussed contested convention where “superdelegates” can take away the nomination from Bernie Sanders — what Elizabeth Warren’s campaign revealed this week as their “final play.” In response, Biden seems to be handing out cabinet and Administration jobs, referring to a place in his administration for Pete Buttigieg in accepting his endorsement. However, it was the promise given former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke that surprised most people. Biden promised to make O’Rourke — who went down in flames in the primary — the head of his gun control effort. The pledge will likely push most gun owners to Trump since O’Rourke’s calls to seize guns was not only too extreme for most Democratic candidates but it is also arguably unconstitutional. O’Rourke’s “Hell yes” call to seize AR-15s played right into the hands of gun control opponents.
One of O’Rourke’s main campaign issue — and certainly his best known issue — was his declaration “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” at a Democratic primary debate last year. It was viewed as a desperation play that failed in spectacular fashion.
Nevertheless, last night in Texas, Biden declared “I want to make something clear — I’m gonna guarantee you, this is not the last you’re seeing of this guy — you’re gonna take care of the gun problem with me, you’re gonna be the one who leads this effort. I’m counting on you, I’m counting on you, we need you badly.”
I recently wrote a column on how the political rhetoric of the Democratic candidates was outstripping the legal realities of gun control. It remains unclear if the Supreme Court would sign off on a ban of a weapon like the AR-15 which is valued because it is modular and can be altered for different functions. There are other weapons with greater caliber rounds or similar fire power.
Even if Biden decides to block such an effort by O’Rourke as gun control czar, he would be selecting the candidate with the most extreme views on the subject to lead the effort of his administration. That will have a clear impact in November on independent gun owners. It is another odd moment for the politician who did not have to trip this wire in accepting the endorsement.
Biden declared in Texas that “Texas aren’t looking for revolution, they’re looking for results.” However, Beto is one result that will look pretty revolutionary for gun owners, particularly in Texas.
57 thoughts on “Did Biden Just Give A “Hell Yes” To O’Rourke As Gun Czar?”
Down to the wire it appears. With three still running. Biden, Sanders, and Clinton. Clintons gone neo aristocratic ruling class party unlike her stance of four ears ago. So why did I mention Comrade Clinton. She’s in bad need of a reliable safe spot and a pardon back up. Figures she can get that from Biden with Sanders iffy. lib think which means no thinking at all. as her back of the mind objective is Biden picks her as VP then she takes his place. None of them stop to think it through. As President she couldn’t pardon herself. But not as co conspirator … different charges involved but a fellow law breaker she could hope for a federal pardon.. Maybe get one for Huma and Chelsea too since the were both bag ladies. I’m betting Huma will cave first if she hasn’t done so already. Barr is getting his information from someone on the inside… Huma and Bill are the most likely. So! Huma Gotcha Huma Huma.
Biden screwed up here. There are liberals who support the right to arm bears. I might have to go for Trump.
While Biden’s handing out cabinet positions, he should save one for Hunter – maybe Secretary of Defense, or Director of National Intelligence, or Secretary of Agriculture – oh, with those stellar qualifications, just let him take his pick.
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