Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was interviewed by The Daily Beast this week where he spoke about gun violence in America and argued that “we’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered.”
“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” O’Rourke told The Beast. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying ‘you know this is this is going to happen.’”
O’Rourke specifically pointed out “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, who said earlier this week that “there’s going to be a lot of violence” if Americans like herself have their guns taken away.
“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America,” she said during a discussion on the recent string of mass shootings in the U.S. “If you’re talking about going and taking people’s guns away from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, argued that McCain’s assertion fails to address the gun violence happening right now.
“When someone says ‘if you do this, then this will happen,’ almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen,” the former Democratic congressman said. “When I think the response should be: ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert. There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing.’….We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”
The entire interview can be read HERE.