Beto O’Rourke claims Trump inspired El Paso gunman

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

A Republican lawmaker in Texas is in the spotlight after tweeting a threatening message to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke following Thursday night's Democratic debate.

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

"My AR is ready for you Robert Francis", Cain tweeted, calling O'Rourke by his full first and middle names. A Twitter spokesman said Cain's tweet was removed for violating the company's terms of service.

Within hours, Twitter took down Briscoe Cain's post, which O'Rourke's campaign labeled a "death threat".

O'Rourke called the tweet "a death threat" that proved his argument that such weapons shouldn't be readily available. Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15-and neither should anyone else.

Cain shot back: "You're a child Robert Francis".

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Cain did not respond to multiple requests for comment about his message. When another critic told him they had saved a screenshot of his comments for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the lawmaker responded, "Cool bro". As The Post's Amy B Wang reported, the former Texas congressman didn't flinch, saying that assault weapons such as AR-15s and AK-47s were developed for combat, and use the kind of high-impact, high-velocity round that "shreds everything inside your body because it was created 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".

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey needled O'Rourke later, saying he was sorry it had taken the El Paso shooting for O'Rourke to embrace the position Booker already held, backing a mandatory buyback and national registration. The attack killed seven people and injured more than 20.

The shooter killed 22 people, many of them Latino, at a Walmart store on August 3 and is believed to have written a manifesto expressing racist and anti-immigrant sentiments.

Since O'Rourke's run for Senate, there have been several mass shootings in the US, including in El Paso, which he has said has changed his view on gun control.

"Racism in America is endemic", O'Rourke said during the ABC News debate in Houston, Texas, with the 10 highest-polling candidates in the Democratic Party's 2020 primaries.

"Most reasonable gun owners who may even be collectors with those kinds of weapons can have a conversation about the fact that they don't want any Tom, Dick, and Harry stockpiling them in their apartment and then carting them off to Walmart because they're angry at an employee or they just don't like brown people", she added.

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